There are so many ladies of the reel world with beautifully iconic style. Tracy Lord, Annie Hall, Holly Golightly, and Bonnie Parker (to name a few) all changed the face of fashion with their bold and innovative wardrobes. But would these characters fare as well if they were around today? Do modern brands and popular stores provide adequate outlets for these fictional fashion mavens?
Thanks to some handy Google image searching skills and wild speculations, I have found out that yes, said outlets do exist. Check out these 5 (somewhat surprising) cinematic fashionistas, along with their modern day retail equivalents. Who knew movie characters and clothing chains could reveal so much about each other?
Wendy Torrance (The Shining) → Urban Outfitters
There are so many things to pay attention to when watching The Shining, from Kubrick’s eerie use of symmetry to the realization that little girls are super creepy. However, upon my millionth or so viewing of this movie, something completely new caught my eye: Wendy Torrance’s wardrobe. I think I’ve always been so distracted by Shelley Duvall’s *unique* face that I had never noticed her clothes before. Her bright color choices and comfy, loose fabrics perfectly portray how blissfully ignorant she is of the Overlook Hotel’s underlying evil.
I wonder if the hipsters donning Urban Outfitters flannel shirts and southwestern print sweaters realize that they are taking a page from the Wendy Torrance lookbook. Probably not. The film version of Wendy is a mousy wisp of a woman, out of touch with anything alternative or ironic. Still, I quite enjoy the idea of her shopping in Urban Outfitters today. She is so unaffected, she wouldn’t realize that she was cool before Urban’s other customers were – the ultimate meta-hipster.
Lynne Stone (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) → Etsy
Lynne Stone is an undeniable genius – we know this within the first 5 minutes of Girls Just Want to Have Fun when she reveals her reversible Catholic school uniform, crafted with panache and some well-placed Velcro. Her style only gets better as the film progresses, particularly when it comes to head-based accessories. I could write an entire article about her grasshopper hat alone.
So where would a girl go today to find the most whimsical accessories around? Etsy, of course! Etsy is a mecca for lovers of everything handmade, but it’s not just for the quirky-cute Zooey Deschanels of the world. Lynne Stone proves that felt and hot glue can be just as badass as leather and studs. I’m sure Lynne made all of the styles we see in the film herself, but she is probably too busy now for that noise. Being Miss Dance TV no doubt launched her to full-fledged stardom.
Veronica Sawyer (Heathers) → Moschino
Veronica Sawyer might be the coolest movie character ever, especially when it comes to her fashion sense. I mean, the girl rocks a monocle every time she writes in her diary. It doesn’t get more awesome than that. The reason that Veronica is such an intriguing character all around is because she has it all – popularity, money, beauty – but she is still as dissatisfied as the rest of us. She’s not an outsider trying to fit in, but an insider trying to get out.
I love the idea of Moschino designing all of Veronica Sawyer’s clothes. The label is totally her fashion kindred spirit: popular and high end, yet rebellious and irreverent. Moschino’s collections manage to be both modest and tongue-in-cheek at the same time, and Veronica would totally love it. Plus, her parents eat pâté and she plays croquet on the reg…she can definitely afford to buy designer.
Marge Sherwood (The Talented Mr. Ripley) → J.Crew
The Talented Mr. Ripley is full of seduction, deceit, and a whole lot of Matt Damon sketchiness. Enter Marge Sherwood, a blithe debutante swanning around the enigmatic Italian cityscapes. Marge definitely brings a simple kind of levity to the film, at least in the beginning. (How appropriate that she is played by the equally simple Gwyneth Paltrow.)
Marge’s attire is all summer and sunshine when we first meet her, complete with crisp white blouses and bohemian skirts. As she grows more intuitive and worldly-wise, she opts for dark ball gowns and sultry animal prints. Today, I bet Marge sits by her Southampton pool and flips through the pages of the latest J.Crew catalog. The store is undeniably American, but still features clothes with touches of European femininity. Marge would approve.
Enid Coleslaw (Ghost World) → American Apparel
Enid Coleslaw is something of a female Holden Caulfield for the new millennium. She is a wayfaring post-grad surrounded by phonies and filled with ennui, and her fashion sense becomes her rebuke. Enid has cut herself off from the mainstream world and dresses in costumey attire to ensure she remains removed. She changes outfits a countless number of times throughout Ghost World, but it feels genuine. She is trying to figure out her identity, so it only makes sense that she would experiment.
I think American Apparel would be Enid’s choice store today. She’d appreciate how fresh and liberal the company is, as well as their HUGE diversity of clothing options. AA provides everything from simple polo shirts (in every color imaginable) to zebra print jackets and cat ear headbands. The store doesn’t seem trapped in a grown up or corporate world, and neither does Enid. It’s a match made in sardonic heaven.