Sunday, February 13, 2011

Patricia Field Creations: The Devil Wears Prada

     Fashion Trivia -- what does the Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City, and Confessions of a Shopaholic have in common? ...other than fashion, of course. Two words -- Patricia Field! Have you ever seen any of these three movies and exclaimed, "Oh, how I love the clothes!" Okay, so maybe you didn't say those exact same words, but I know that you were intrigued by the wardrobe. It's because the mastermind behind those creations is none other than the award winning costume designer and stylist, as she likes to be called, Patricia Field, or Pat Field as she is known by the people in the industry. 

     She is the classic case of don't judge a book by its cover, because upon first glance and depending on the current hue of her hair [she had it dyed pink once but she usually sticks to the blazing fiery red as featured above], you'll probably think she was either Betsey Johnson or some mad-woman who got dressed in the dark. But behind that eclectic facade, there's a creative fashion genius broiling inside. So for this first segment that I'd like to call "Patricia Field Creations," I'd like to pay homage to the 2006 movie that she had styled -- the Devil Wears Prada. 

"Chanel is one of the top labels so when Chanel wanted to dress Andie (played by Anne Hathaway), I thought “that’s perfect”. I’d put other things on her, but Chanel was like, “We’d be happy to dress Annie Hathaway in this movie” and I said “Perfect. My problems are over.

     The way Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway were styled in this movie was perfection, and of course Meryl Streep is a given. Patricia Field managed to put them in designer clothes and shoes to perfectly suit the characters they're playing, women who work for a fashion magazine, without hitting you over the head with it. From the hair and make up to the Chanel boots on their feet, the whole ensemble was perfect. You have to strike the right balance when dressing the actors, or in this case, the actresses, of a fashion film because you don't necessarily need to drape the women in designer logos to convey to the audience that this is a film about fashion. Someone who follows what's going in the world of fashion will immediately pick up on those cues and details and appreciate them as they are. For instance, a person who is fashion savvy will be able to pick out Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Hermes and of course Prada and Chanel in the scenes without exposing the tags in the clothes and shoes. 

     Even though Anne Hathaway takes the lead role in this movie as Andie Sachs, I die for Emily Blunt's, ironically enough, in more ways than one, blunt character, Emily. Her role in this movie put her on the map as a breakout star and despite her snobby character, I loved her and her wardrobe the most. When she stepped out in the scene where we first meet her character, I fell in love with her black and grey studded ensemble. The black ankle boots, the broad cropped jacket, the studded belt -- so rock n' roll and so chic for an office attire. I would love to come in to work everyday and be able to wear something like that without having people raise their eyebrows. If you haven't seen this movie already, make sure to see it immediately! It's a great story about the fabulous and sometimes harsh world of the industry and the clothes makes it so worthwhile to see -- take a look! 

Love, KB

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