|Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara in Carol|
The costumes in Carol are stunning, I think. But then again I love the fashion of the fifties. I am a fifties girl after all. Born in the fifties. And in my fifties... even if only for a few more months. I've rapsodized about fifties fashion on the blog before (here and here), about vintage fashion or current looks that riffed on vintage fashion. And with the exception of the hats of the twenties, I love the fashion of the fifties best.
I adore the tiny pill-box hats and slim fitting suits. Wearing a hat and gloves with a suit, like in this Vogue cover shot from 1953, is so elegant, so civilized. My mum says, when she was young, a lady did not venture downtown in Fredericton without her hat and gloves.
|Vogue September issue, 1953|
This burgundy suit from Vogue with the silk scarf tucked around the collar is the epitome of chic, don't you think?
I love this shot too. Trousers with pockets, a sweater, and flats, is a timeless look. Blanchette wears pants like these beautifully in the film, especially as the road trip with Therese unfolds. I'd wear those plaid pants and mock turtleneck myself. I'd lose the belt, add my jean jacket, and be good to go.
|Trousers with pockets, Vogue 1951|
This Vogue cover look from 1951, is echoed in the film Carol.
See? I love that coral hat and scarf on Cate Blanchette. Doesn't she remind you of Lana Turner in that outfit? Or Grace Kelly?
|Cate Blanchette in Carol, in fur coat and coral hat and scarf|
And that bag. I remember when I was a kid, my mum's bags always snapped shut with a satisfying click. That way a lady could remove her gloves, place them into her bag, tap out a cigarette, and snap the bag shut with elegant and confident élan.
|Long shot of Blanchette in fur coat and coral scarf and gloves|
Here are four more looks from the film that I love. Cate in more suits, especially the grey with the scarf, is divine. And brooches, she wore tons of brooches in the movie. Rooney in her plaid tam-o-shanter. And Sarah Paulson, who plays Abby, in a plaid jacket with a knotted neckerchief. Love the mix of patterns there. And you just know that Cate in the red suit is about to snap that bag shut.
|Four beautiful fashion shots from Carol|
I love a period movie. There's nothing like reliving the past on the big screen... full immersion in another age for two whole hours, so to speak. But we've been reliving the fifties and early sixties on the small screen, too. I know many of you were devastated...okay maybe disappointed is a bit more realistic... when the very stylish Mad Men wrapped up last spring. But if you're looking to scratch that vintage clothing itch, to ogle some fifties fashion, it's not the only game in town, you know.
|Stylish Mad Men|
Hubby and I love the new TV series Partners in Crime, based on the Agatha Christie "Tommy and Tuppence" mystery novels. The books take place in the twenties, but the television version is set in the fifties. Tuppence is adorable in her hats and cardigans, slim suits, and slacks and plaid jacket. I'm particularly fond of the yellow sweater and beret. Hubby and I really enjoy the Partners in Crime mysteries, but then we haven't actually met a British mystery show we don't love. And I have to admit it's created some serious hat envy for me.
These shots below from Netaporter's magazine The Edit are a good example of life imitating art, don't you think? Even if the wearers of these hats have never watched Partners in Crime, those berets look like pure fifties fashion to me. And according to Alyson Walsh who writes the blog That's Not My Age... the cardi is back this season. Hmmm. I might look for a lovely yellow or red cardigan, like Tuppence's. I could pop on a beret and a couple of vintage brooches and be the very epitome of mid-century chic.
|Three looks from Netaporter.com|
IIf you haven't seen the movie Carol yet, you should. If only for the clothes. The cars. And the wonderful period settings. Check out this article by Jeremy Allen which analyzes the "Cars and Clothes of Carol," as well as some of the settings in the movie which was filmed in Cincinnati. Apparently Cincinnati looks more like 1950's New York, than New York itself.
I'm quite happy to be at home in New Brunswick just now. Not just because Mum and I are having a good visit... but also because Hubby is back at home (too many homes) in Ottawa "battling" (his word) a mouse in our kitchen. And because they've just received over fifty cm of snow. By the time I swan in later this week, the roads will be well cleared and the ski trails freshly groomed. I hope.
Now that's a coincidence, isn't it? Fifty centimetres of snow. Fifty. Fifties fashion. I'm in my fifties. For a while yet anyway. But I'm trying not to think about that too much.
Have you seen the movie Carol? What did you think?
Linking up this week with: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Style Me Wednesday at Shopping My Closet, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs,