Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blue Blooded Drama

Although I possess little desire to actually see Scarlett Johansson's and Natalie Portman's latest offering, The Other Boleyn Girl, I can't help but be inspired by the rich, sumptuous fabrics and the wonderfully elaborate dresses. Much of the promotional material feature the image of Portman wearing a voluminous emerald green gown. I often find that emerald green is just one colour that is impossible to rid from one's memory. Indeed, just look what happened to Keira Knightley's Atonement dress, perhaps the defining moment of her career so far. I doubt Portman's gown will spark such attention as it is no where near sensational. Needless to say there is something in the thick, regal - coloured fabrics that has me pining for theatrical clothing.

I love the idea of wearing a hearpiece like these ones!

Stills from the Other Boleyn Girl. It's not that the costumes are exceptional it's more the type of lifestyle I envision when I see such dresses. I do love the heavy layers and the dark, luxurious colours though.

The dramatic shades and heavy, embossed textures makes me think of haute couture, all the extravagant excess of high fashion. The theatre and drama features heavily in the grandiose world of haute couture and this season's collection are no different. With The Other Boleyn Girl in mind, I was amazed to see the strong influence from that period on many of the haute couture runways. Lavish details around the collar and sleeves, frills, tiers and bows create a wonderfully majestic grandeur at the haute couture s/s '08 shows. The flamboyant colours are showstopping especially at Dior and the mixtures in luxurius fabrics and avant garde shapes make me wish I was one of those ladies who spend their days gliding about lonely, fairytale mansions in splendid haute couture.

Christian Lacroix s/s 08 haute couture has a strong Henry VIII influence. The tiers, frills, heavy fabrics and richly detailed necklines and loose sleeves create a sumptuous, regal atmosphere.

Meanwhile at Givency, the Henry VIII undertones are far softer. Mostly dusty, soft shades and flowing, goddess skirts combined with wonderfully dramatic concertina - fussy, frilled collars and sleeves.Haute Couture at Dior is always theatrical, The vibrant shades and striking structures are deliciously rich and boisterous.

These Versace gowns are just sinfully seductive. The striking back details and sinuous fabrics are fit for any princess.

Some richly detailed summer dresses. I love the vivid colours and the intricate detailing.


The Clothes Horse said...

To wear haute couture would be just too lovely. The French Connection dresses are also scrumptous.

Aisha said...

beautiful and very inspiring post

Aretha said...

I wanna see that movie too Kat! Thanks so much for your comments, I totally love your blog too!!
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Elisabeth said...

Gorgeous post, as ever, with some beautiful photos.

I really want to see the film even though I've heard bad reviews, the costume looks amazing!

la petite fashionista said...

i think it would be so fun to play dress up in pieces from a different time period! those dresses are beautiful, i dont think i'd like wearing a corset though..


coco said...

I'm planning to see this later in the week
I have a good feeling about it, even Scarlett is starting to grow on me

Molly :] said...

I actually CANNOT wait to see the film. I've always had a strange obsession with the Tudors... :) x

Anonymous said...

i've seen a lot of posts on boleyn (i even did one myself) however i love how you inclued couture in yours! lacroix is gorgeous! and i love FCUK, that green dress is awesome!

The Stiletto Effect said...

I want to see this movie, but mostly because of the amazing dresses.

atelier said...

The reflexion is very good! the post is really inspiring and well redacted! I can't imagine how cool must be wearing haute couture

LML said...

i have yet to see that movie, but the costumes look AWESOME!
i love all the couture shows, and im actually really liking the versace show...

Ana said...

I would love to play dress up in those costumes.

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

love the post..and how u put the dress..

Aisha said...

I can't wait to see that movie either. Not only because of the very talented cast, but for th gorgeous dresses!

can't wait until it comes out here.

Anonymous said...

Just think that they got to wear clothing like that all the time back then.

Adaora A. said...

Mary Kate and Ashley look great in almost anything.

Those French Connection dresses have me salavating. Must. Have. All. Of. Them.

The Checkered dress is pretty tempting if I do say so myself.

Great blog. I can never resist a fashion blog.

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