The relationship between fashion and film is a bit incestuous. Fashion on the red carpet is always (always) a hot topic, actors are not only starring in campaigns (has anyone seen Edward Norton for Prada yet?) but walking down the runways--and then, of course, there's the fashion that actually appears in films. So we are less than shocked when designers are inspired by Hollywood (or vice versa). To wit, the roaring 20s were paraded down more than a few catwalks during the spring 2012 shows, and even a few pre-fall outings, proving that this inspirational era was not just an isolated incident. While this may disappoint some critics, the style remains, and it does raise the question--did the releases (looming or otherwise) of period pieces like W.E. and The Great Gatsby inspire this turn towards the flapper, or would designers have found themselves inspired by the decade anyway? To be honest, the question hardly seems the point considering how fashion and film are practically bed buddies. The jazz age isn't the only recent evidence of this symbiotic relationship. Consider The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or even My Week With Marilyn. Or just let us. With the Oscars upon us tonight, we thought it was a good time to look back and the films inspiring fashion now.
At this point, it's common knowledge for those who have been following Rooney Mara's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo transformation that the film role as left a bit of a permanent mark on her personal style. In addition to holding onto to the short bangs and nipple ring, she recently told Allure that she "used to wear a lot of girly, frilly things" and now "buys things that are more comfortable, and more utilitarian, and sort of boyish." While not exactly boyish, her red carpet and promotional appearance looks have all been thoughtful, with a gothic vibe and a little severe. The Prabal Gurung, Givenchy couture, Roksanda Illincic, YSL and Rodarte pieces we've seen her in have felt Lisbeth-appropriate, in a more formal, fashion-y way. For some reason, she also seems very committed to revealing the sides of her torso in every dress. The result has been stunning and captivating every time and keeps us wanting more.
We got a little peek at H&M's forthcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-inspired women's collection when it was announced in WWD last week and now we have full styled-out looks courtesy of the New York Post. The collection, which was designed by the film's costume designer, Trish Summerville, is inspired by Lisbeth Salander, the film (and book)'s ass-kicking, crime-solving, computer-hacking female protagonist. Summerville told the daily, “I tried to pick pieces from the film and adapt them to make them a little more fashionable for real-life women.” When asked what she thought Salander would think of "all of this commercialism," responded with reason, “She’s a character from books. So she doesn’t really have a voice in it.”
Designer collaborations with H&M are commonplace and even expected now. But collections based on fictional characters? Not so much, until now. Lisbeth Salander, the edgy, troubled, goth protagonist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has inspired a new capsule collection, WWD is reporting. Trish Summerville, the costume designer for the US movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (she also outfitted the Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, Ricky Martin and Janet Jackson on their tours), designed the 30-piece collection, which will be a part of the Swedish retailer's Divided line. For H&M, the collection was a no-brainer.