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Movie Moments: The Makeover Part VI

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Continuing the makeover excellence from last week’s Pretty Woman is one of my all time favourite guilty pleasures…with one of the best high fashion montages ever AND Meryl Streep (she who can do no wrong), The Devil Wears Prada is makeover gold. A must-watch on your next girls night in. Enjoy X Catalina.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Dir. David Frankel.

Most of you will know this one (the movie or the book. Or both.). Anne Hathaway plays Andy, a frizzy haired young writer who applies for an assistant position at a fashion magazine as a step into serious journalism. This sees her come face to face with film icon Meryl Streep’s formidable Miranda Priestley, feared Editor in Chief, and gives us lesson number one: don’t wear a cerulean jumper to a new job. Also, care about your footwear, but really, just no cerulean. So… a makeover film set in the offices of a glamorous fashion magazine. Who’d have thunk it? It makes all the amazingly expensive outfits to follow a little more believable on an assistant’s wage. And what outfits they are! The fashion montages in this film are drool worthy. We watch naïve Andy find her (very fashionably shod) feet in her new job, thanks in part to softie fashion stylist Nigel (played by the awesome Stanley Tucci), the ability to run in high heels, and some ruthless use of her mobile phone. Success! Or is it? Has she been blinded by the coruscation of couture? Andy has an existential crisis, but, luckily for us, not before she’s provided us with all the fashion eye candy us lowly mere mortals could wish for.

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Movie Moments: The Makeover Part IV

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Last week’s post on Working Girl got a lot of love…nostalgia for big hair perhaps? This week is the quintessential man-makeover (with mega bonus shirtless Gosling scene!), I love it when the dowdy guy gets hot.  Enjoy x Catalina

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Dir. G. Ficarra & J. Requa

There are whole tumblrs dedicated to Ryan Gosling’s movie style. In Crazy, Stupid, Love he does his bit to further the style cause, even for suits which seem to have been inspired by traditional Bavarian hunting gear. He’s impeccably tailored here, and takes it upon himself to help a sad and defeated Steve Carrell (whose wife has just asked for a divorce) out of his funk. A barrage of insults coming from a looker like The Gos might not motivate anyone into rediscovering their manhood, but it seems Carrell has nothing left to lose except his tragic 90s dad style. Gosling gets to work getting rid of all fleecy fabric and ill fitting denim, but most brilliantly, he does something in this film I’ve dreamt of doing many times- mid mall, he takes Carrell’s functional but ugly New Balance 407s (actually, is there a stronger word than ugly for these eyesores polluting the urban landscape?) and throws them over the railing. It’s worth watching this movie just for the feeling of satisfaction you’ll feel in that scene. The fact is though, that this is actually a rather enjoyable comedy. And as we watch Carrell squirm in multiple fashionable layers, struggling to find himself, we empathise, and know that extremes, even in fashion, are not for everyone.

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Movie Moments: The Makeover Part III

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Following last weeks classy foray into our favourite Princess Makeover on Roman Holiday, this week is a little more arse than class with 80’s classic Working Girl. Bring on the big hair! Enjoy. X Catalina

Working Girl (1988), Dir. Mike Nichols

The 80’s were all about climbing the corporate ladder. And because the corporate ladder was fraught with danger from the sharp elbows of ruthless selfish backstabbers, you needed the biggest shoulder pads you could find…for protection.

Poor objectified Melanie Griffiths certainly needs a lot of protection in this movie! Her new boss, Sigourney Weaver, is living the life Griffiths has been dreaming about, and betrays her to further her career. Good-natured hard-working Griffiths quickly sees that nobody will see past the ‘body for sin’ to the ‘mind for business’ until she makes some changes. And although the shoulder pads do not shed in this movie, the giant helmet hair and showy jewellery does, to make way for a more confident, softer yet stronger woman.

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A makeunder can be just as powerful as a makeover, funnily enough paring back can give you strength. This movie reiterates the power of the right outfit, (even if it is borrowed from your absent boss’s wardrobe). Of course it isn’t all plain sailing after the wardrobe change, but it makes for an enjoyable watching experience. Awesome bonus points for Joan Cusack as Griffiths’ best friend, doing her bit against the ozone layer and assaulting the senses.

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Movie Moments: The Makeover Part II

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Last week we were reminded of the pure excellence that is ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ in the makeover movie moments , I must admit it’s now on my re-watch list, again! Now its time for some serious style icon action. Enjoy. X Catalina

Roman Holiday (1953), Dir. William Wyler.

We all know Audrey Hepburn will appear on any movie list regarding style…it’s really just a question of which of her films it is! She has had her fair share of movie makeovers – Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Sabrina… Any of these could appear on this list, but my favourite on screen Audrey transformation is in Roman Holiday.

For starters, she’s a princess! Duh! A very young princess running from her royal duties for a very short while before they swallow her for ever (not an unfamiliar concept even today). Running away and (accidentally) straight into the arms of journalist, Gregory Peck. Now, Peck wears the crap out of any suit you throw at him- tall, dark, handsome and debonair. He looks so good. His photographer friend, not-as-handsome but charming Eddie Albert, takes it into more casual artsy territory with Breton stripes and soft suede. He looks good too. But Audrey shines. And whilst she looks amazing in her princess gowns (so amazing in fact that the whole wardrobe was gifted to her after filming wrapped) she even rocks Peck’s dressing gown with grace. However, it is her appropriation of a plain white shirt and a circle skirt that lets her character develop. Of course she could never really melt into a crowd, but this smart and simple outfit allows her to take in the sights (oh Roma, so beautiful!), drop her guard, grow into a woman, and fall in love. That’s the power of the right outfit! And let’s not forget it gives her the strength to liberate herself from her girly locks, and chop them into what’s possibly the cutest pixie cut in movie history. Cue hordes of women urging their hairdressers’ scissors higher and higher. Because what girl wouldn’t want to be a masquerading princess?

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Movie Moments: The Makeover. Part I

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Introducing ‘Movie Moments’ to Style and What Not…who doesn’t love a fashionable movie moment? A detail-mad and innately stylish movie buff, guest blogger Monica breaks down “the makeover film” for us, starting with one of my all time favourite 80’s flicks. Enjoy.  X Catalina

The makeover film is popular in Hollywood. And unlike other things in Hollywood, they are seldom just about the physical transformation. They speak to us about attaining a self we’ve previously only yearned for or aspired to, and let’s face it, they are amazing eye candy. On the small screen my favourite Oprah episodes were the makeovers (if you bring these back Oprah, you can save your struggling network…Just sayin’). Watching average people (who looked as if life had not treated them very kindly) completely transform in the space of an hour evokes very singular feelings. Watching these people’s posture and demeanour, their very self worth, change with a bit of a spit and polish is actually pretty amazing. We often forget the power of a little physical renewal as we slog away in our daily routines. If you find yourself in need of a little reinvention inspiration, get thee to the local video shop (I. Am. Old.) and borrow one of these beauties.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, (1988), Dir. Frank Ozdirty_rotten_b_02

This movie is ALL about the makeover, over and over in fact. Granted, Michael Caine never really plays anyone other than Michael Caine, but here it’s his ‘Rascal Michael’, my favourite, and Steve Martin is there to make up for any lack of transformation tack from Caine. Their wardrobes and styling are obvious yet flawless in this master of disguise con-caper, much like the ridiculous characters they each play. As it’s an 80’s film, there’s the obligatory bonus training montage as Martin transforms from abrasive American to suave gentleman under Caine’s tutelage, even if only for fleeting moment. The crushed linen gives way to double breasted sharpness, but add an eye patch to fastidious style, and what you get is comedy gold. Clothes (or lack thereof, as the sight of a pasty Steve Martin in tiny speedos burns itself into your retinas) do indeed make the man, any man, when you’re conning the world in this comedy classic.

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