Une Femme Est Une Femme
Léon: The Professional
What do all these films have in common? They all have characters with inspiring fashion that proves that film & fashion come hand in hand.
Also, all these films are mentioned in Alexa Chung's book 'IT'.
We all know that my exterior is usually of a fashion explorer who gains inspiration from various subjects in order to create ‘art’ in a wearable form, but we all also know that fashion isn’t usually looked at as art, at all. Sure when you look down a runway there are sometimes extravagant pieces that obviously scream art, but with the hard work that goes into this trillion dollar industry, it’s crazy not to think about how these pieces came to be.
There is so much talk about The Devil Wears Prada, recently as new information has apparently come to light, especially about Meryl Streep’s poignant monologue about her job in the fashion industry. Again, it’s a trillion dollar industry, we do need to talk about it more. Even the title ‘fashion blogger’ has evolved as ‘fashion bloggers’ take on more skills, from photographer to writing, to the actual curation of editorials or their own design pieces, everything has become and art form, as everyone searches for something that represents them self.
I’ve always felt that I would only ever be able to represent one part of myself at a time and that it would be difficult to express my inner geek while gliding around in designer, but inspirations such as Alexa Chung, and Lily-Rose Depp, have proved the opposite. Alexa Chung’s cult book ‘IT’ read by probably millions of fashion enthusiasts, (I probably being the last), depicts her inspirations from film. Films such as Leon: The Professional and Une Femme Est Une Femme, were mentioned within her story as she drew inspiration from particular characters. After reading about her own discoveries into personal style, and looking at how others such as Lily-Rose Depp who cultivates American and Parisian fashion into one persona, showed me that fashion is art, it's there to break boundaries, so who cares.
As I stalk the city in an oversized thrifted denim jacket, a Zadig & Voltaire ‘band’ inspired shirt, Guess denim jeans, and Chanel sunglasses, I realised that my personal style has been shifting, I know that grunge is coming back in some form or another, so perhaps that has had an influence as well. But as I allowed my inner film geek to take over a bit more, considering I felt the need to be an adult that was taking back their childhood (rather than when I was a child, that was basically like an adult), I remembered that fashion is fun, it’s an expression and that it actually doesn’t matter what other people think. I mean, isn’t that why Parisian style is actual so popular? It’s not like the women of Paris dress too differently from everyone else, and it doesn’t matter if you try to copy the looks designer by designer, it’s more about the fact that they actually don’t give a sh*t, and neither should you. Inspire yourself, find your inner child and just roll with it.
How inspirationally strange of me.
Photos taken by Neil Tiongson
Outfit: Thrifted Denim Jacket, Zadig & Voltaire shirt, Guess Jeans, Marc Jacobs Ribbon, Chanel Sunglasses, Tiffany & Co Necklace