Sunday, May 8, 2011

Summer Inspiration: The Talented Mr. Ripley

I should clarify that at the moment my inspiration as far as The Talented Mr. Ripley is concerned has been usurped by the most recent production of Jane Eyre, which I loved to a point of obsession and have hence seen it three times in theaters (my current illness--which has kept me from posting outfits since an outfit is not made of ancient t-shirts and leggings--not interfering with viewings). I suppose I'll post about that eventually, but until then I thought I had better post about this, which I have been meaning to do for about two years.

When Ripley came out, I was hoovering somewhere around thirteen-years-old. In the throes of a Titanic obsession (it happened) I was thoroughly put-out and unsure of why exactly my mother forbade me to see The Talented Mr. Ripley. Years went by, far into the age when I could finally see it, before I did watch it about 5 years ago. I quickly realized why I wasn't allowed to watch it earlier.

In the summers that followed though, I've been increasingly captivated by Marge Sherwood's wardrobe for summer. Gwyneth Paltrow, always at her best when she is playing some kind of waspy character, suddenly makes me think that this late 50s garb is the best idea for summer. High-waisted circle skirts, little knotted white blouses with cheeky bikini tops underneath. And her hair, somehow perfectly coiffed without being too done, the tiniest wisp of eyeliner and the occasional lipstick for her latter points in the film, almost always dictate what I want to wear in summer.

























I tend to prefer her outfits in the summer scenes of course, although the two coats she wears are so glorious that I couldn't resist throwing them in. The thing about this movie is that it makes me think that going all the way into the late-50s sort of look is going to work wonderfully (another one, Sylvia, makes me think this) and then I end up looking a bit fusty and prim rather than fresh. I suppose it's one of Gwyneth's lucky bits, that she can pull it off without seeming old.

For myself then, I'll just pile up on loose summer blouses and cotton skirts.

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  2. I love these screen shots. So pretty. I've never seen the movie but maybe I need to...

    Also, I hope you feel better soon.

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  3. i, too, wasn't allowed to see this when it first came out and still have yet to see it! i have, however, seen the french version, which is quite swoon-worthy! (and i commented earlier with an old account and decided to delete it and post with my correct one. sorry for being weird! :))

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  4. I've never seen The Talented Mr. Ripley, but now I'm thinking that maybe I should. Knotted button-downs with novelty print circle skirts pretty much equal summer as far as I'm concerned. ;)

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  5. i love this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm a touch older than you so i could see both titanic and the talented mr ripley in the theater. and i've always been kinda in love with jude law :) i'd love to live in these photos!

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  6. hope you feel better!

    I was too disturbed by that film to notice its fashion, but you're right the classic preppy style is quite fresh and feminine. I really love the pastels.

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  7. Ohh what great inspiration! I may have to watch it instead of doing uni work now..

    Annah xx

    girlandbird.blogspot.com

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  8. I haven't seen this film and I always wanted to. I'd forgotten 'til now, thanks for the reminder :)

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  9. Ooo.. that movie makes me too want to live on a sail-boat and in little Italian and French towns. And I don't particularly like boats.

    Anyways, check out "Purple Noon" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054189/) - it should look kind of familiar...!

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  10. this was such a beautiful movie, i'm right with you on the summer style and sun-saturated feel of the summer-y parts of the movie. i recently re-watched "sylvia" and couldn't help but want to dress like her and live in a little house next to the ocean, reading and writing at a desk like hers, in front of that large window!

    oh, and i'm so jealous you've seen "jane eyre." i've been dying to see it but i live in a small town and gas is too expensive to drive an hour to see a movie. but i think it comes out on dvd this month!

    ps. i love that we seem to have the same taste in movies, so i always enjoy your posts :)

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  11. Her clothing in that film is impeccable. Oh and I went through Titanic obsession too :) I am hoping to grow out of it any day now.

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  12. I couldn't agree more--she can totally pull it off and look so fresh! I'm with you...I'm on the hunt for some more great cotton skirts and loose, blustery blouses. Mmmmm... Summertime perfection.
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog; come on by if you'd like!)

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  13. I haven't seen this movie in so long. I want to go put it on my netflix right now!
    XOXO

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  14. very cute looks and outfits. great summer inspiration! Great movie also :)

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  15. very cute looks and outfits. great summer inspiration! Great movie also :)

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  16. I've actually never seen that film, I'll have to check it out. I do hope you feel better soon!

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  17. i love all these beautiful movie shots you've posted.

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  18. Oh! I love the pictures! I'd love to dress like that as well. Mais poor me,the weather here, won't allow it.
    Great inspiration though!

    Cheers!

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  19. even though i think she can be a little nutty at times, i really like gwyneth paltrow. she is gorgeous in this movie especially!

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  20. I love this movie. Great summer inspiration! Except for the violence part, lol.

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  21. Groar! i've to see this movie! I'm from Sorrento, near the Amalfi coast where the movie was filming (right?)... however, concerning your blog, i'm a new follower, how can't i became?



    http://giocodidonne.blogspot.com/

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  22. You're right, the clothes in that movie are gorgeous! I need to watch that again. Heading over to Netflix now to add it to my queue...

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  23. It is so inspiring, one of my fav movies. Cate Blanchett has dreamy outfits as well.

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  24. Great film! Thank you for sharing the photos. Gwyneth does have a knack of pulling off superb vintage clothing. Definitely an inspiration for the wardrobe! x

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  25. OMG! I loved this movie!!!!!!

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