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When you’re a bit fashiony, you pretty much obsess over what is going to be the next new fusion of things ‘n’ stuff – what’s newer than what others are obsessing over. The search is cruel, fickle, useless and never ending.

Well, ease your tired, plugged-in mind. It’s the middle of winter and life is now about cooking different kinds of soup, mulling wine and watching movies under a blanket with someone you really dig.

While you lounge about with the pea n ham from the comfort of your very couch in front of the idiot box, why not “resource” looks from years gone by? Especially since you are liable to see so many of them flash before your eyes.

A good few of them are represented in film. Here’s my list of film-inspired fashion:

Super saturated colour, twisted Escher-inspired backdrops, combined with an innocent white-to-off-white, cotton dress from Dario Argento’s Suspiria.

Black, white and red, nineties-inspired past-retro violence and straight edge from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Chevron print, electric blue primary shapes and red lipstick from David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.

Beads and shells in your hair, crochet, and a RuPaul blonde afro from Spike Lee’s Crooklyn.

Black fisherman’s beanie, blue denim long sleeved shirt with an off-white asylum hospital gown over the top: Milos Forman’s film of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Chocolate leather gloves, white lingerie, black fishnets and plenty of metal from David Cronenberg’s adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel, Crash.

Grey mesh over the face, or anything grey, really, with heavy iron-esque chain around your neck, straight from Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.

No one could deny that Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick’s story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and directed by Ridley Scott, is the ultimate science fiction story, basically, ever. The movie brought us the infamous air-brushed black strip across the eyes, insane collars and snakeskin.

Checkered ties, finger waves and 70’s neo noir from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

Commedia dell’arte outfits, black hooded cloaks and flesh (because not all winter sports are clothed) from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

By St Kilda Stylez




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