Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour
I’m not a huge movie buff and I enjoy an unhealthy amount of cheesy romantic comedies, but one thing I do love is when film meets style. So, I’m starting a new feature on screen style. Great films (and maybe some TV shows) that have had a great impact on fashion and continue to influence generations of designers, stylists and filmmakers.
offends bugs me more than anything is an entire generation of young women considering D-list reality TV stars like Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian as “style icons” or thinking that Patricia Field is the bees knees when it comes to costume design. In fact, Sex and the City (film or show) will not make this list (although The Devil Wears Prada will).
First, and one of the best, is Belle de Jour (1967), directed by Luis Buñuel and staring the divine Catherine Deneuve as Séverine, a bored young housewife with a very deviant side. Yves Saint Laurent designed the clothing specifically for Catherine Deneuve who remained his muse and dear friend until his death. Costume designer Hélène Nourry styled YSL’s clothing seamlessly to bring the character of Séverine to life as an upper class woman turned high class prostitute. As the film progresses, Séverine, ever so subtly, moves away from prudish buttoned-up collars to lush furs, leathers (check out the kinky leather hat) and even PVC, which was probably the most risque material to be worn by a lady. To top it all off, the shoes used in the film are by Roger Vivier, whose “Pilgrim” pumps were elevated to an iconic level.
I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, but if you are a serious fan of Yves Saint Laurent, you must watch this brilliant film (not suitable to watch with your parents, haha).
Have you seen Belle de Jour? Thoughts? Nominate your favourite fashionable films below!
*images courtesy of clothesonfilm.com.