Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Juliette Binoche in Chocolat (2000)

This blog is about classic movies. But, although I think that generally speaking I consider classic to be from about 1930-1970, I don’t have a super-strict interpretation of that term. Classic is more about the feel and quality of the movie, as classic is more about the feel and quality of clothing in fashion.

Chocolat is a classic film that just so happened to be made in the year 2000. However, the story takes place in 1959. And if anyone today qualifies as a classic movie star of today, Juliette Binoche certainly would. She is pretty much categorically adorable in every single scene in this movie, but I selected the look above to recreate because I have seen tons of blue-coral color combinations in stores and online lately. This complementary color scheme seems to have been selected as a recent trend.

But, alas, what I wanted to do with this did not come in under budget and given that this is a casual look, I could not present it as at over $250. But, I love this look so much, I am going to present it anyway and then show you how I adapt it to get it under budget.

Here is my expensive interpretation:

Run-Down (Blue and Coral version):
Shirt: The Limited, Pleated Button Front Shirt in Hot Orange, on sale for $31.15
Skirt: Anthropologie, Lane Change Skirt in Turquoise, $98
Sweater: Land’s End Canvas, The Heritage Cardigan in Turquoise Sea, $39.50
Shoes: Nine West, Beaulah Mary Jane in Dark Orange via Endless.com, $76.26
Belt: Forever21, Elastic Canvas Belt in Brown/Neutral, $6.80
Total: $251.71

And here is my budget version:

Run-Down (Red and Green version):
Shirt: The Limited, Pleated Button Front Shirt in Tabasco, on sale for $31.15
Skirt: Anthropologie, Lane Change Skirt in Turquoise, $98
Sweater: Old Navy, Women’s Button Front Cardigan in Flight of Fancy, $26.50
Shoes: CL by Chinese Laundry, Women’s Greatest Patent Mary Jane Pump via Endless.com, on sale for $33.15
Belt: Forever21, Elastic Canvas Belt in Brown/Neutral, $6.80
Total: $195.60

I needed to trim at least $50 from my original blue and coral version. The skirt was non-negotiable. This was too close to the original and had pockets on it – a big trend in old movies. So, the next most expensive item in my first draft was the shoes. They are awesome, beautiful coral Mary Janes from Nine West. I knew that the shirt I had selected from the limited was available in red also, and I thought I could find a cheaper shoe in red. So, I adjusted the color scheme to get under-budget.

I found a red Mary Jane on sale and switched the color of the shirt. Then to stick with the complementary color scheme, I picked a sweater that was slightly more green than blue. The skirt can swing either way in color. This trimmed a bit more off of the budget, as this green seems to be more widely available. Overall, I like both versions, but I wish I had been able to find a long-sleeve shirt available in coral and red for the right price so that you could roll the long sleeves over your sweater, as Juliette does. That would have been just perfect.

I think the fact that the same skirt works with two color schemes is very interesting. I wonder if this skirt came in a couple of other “in-between” colors how many other ways you could push this outfit. Could you do a pale yellow and lavender/purple ensemble? What about a lime green and dark pink?

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