Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Lust in the Movies

Ever since Luella debuted her spring line of quirky liberty floral dresses paired with geek glasses and bat prints, an overlooked movie by the name of "Ghost World" has been pulled from relative obscurity.

I have long adored Ghost World and the self-indulgent, misanthropic antics and retro/punk styling of Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (a pre-Lost in Translation Scarlett Johannson).

So of course, I loved Luella's collection on principal. It's an adorable mix of tough (leather jackets, lace up boots) sweet (ruffles and florals) and quirky (cotton candy hair, cat eye masks). But it has become oversaturated in most fashion circles. And while I am eager to try my hand at my version of the look (however long it takes the rural southeast to become aware of liberty prints, pfft, good luck), it is time to find new inspiration. The first place my mind went was 1994's "Leon", known stateside as "The Professional". Indeed, young Matilda's style perfectly reflects the early 90's redux currently going on. Cut-offs with tights, stompy boots, layering and, yikes, even crop tops. People, ever since that movie came out, have told me of my resemblance to Natalie Portman. They're clearly delusional, but emulating the style of Matilda is something I can really get behind.

I have been wearing chokers, as a "signature" off and on since the second grade. But it always annoyed me that I can never find that particular one. God knows, I've looked high and low, but no dice. Anyone who has met me can tell you I'm quite attatched to my long locks, but I've always secretly desired that edgy, francophile bob of Matilda's, ah, if only I had the nerve. I have most of the elements needed to recreate Matilda's look without being too costumey, and it's something I would like to attempt:

Pictures courtesy of style.com and ew.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You do look a bit like Natalie Portman, which to me is most impressive since I've had such a crush on her ever since I saw her in her fist movie. Just to be clear, she and I are the same age, so when I first saw her in "Leon" when she was 12, I was also 12 so that's not nearly as creepy as it could sound.