It might not feel as great as writing or watching a movie, but putting together an outfit, especially one with a vintage leaning, is one of my favorite past times. I've always enjoyed expressing my personal style through clothing. I pattern mix, remix outfits, and thrift with the best of ‘em. If my life permitted it, I would play dress-up every damn day.
In an effort to combine my love of film and fashion, I’m going to start a series I’ve been thinking about since 2009: Wardrobes I Covet, where I attempt to analyze and possibly gush over movie fashion and how clothing pertains to a particular character or cinematic idea. I've never formally (is this formal?) written about fashion before, so this will be a new adventure.
My first entry is about a movie that's generally not taken very seriously because it's a comedy that stars Will Ferrell. American audiences adore his films (or at the very least, pay to see them) and critics are indifferent to him. I, frankly, find his work with Adam McKay to be fascinating and hilarious. I also have soft spots for Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro, but his work with McKay sticks to my ribs best because they're so oddly subversive and perverse.
Hepburn-Tracy flick (on acid and at a circus), it's a battle of the sexes comedy about a group of incompetent News Anchors in the '70s who are intimidated by a newly hired female Journalist. Ferrell stars as the titular character and Christina Applegate is Veronica Corningstone, an incredibly professional and able Journalist and aspiring Anchorwoman.
The film's classic comedy pedigree is illustrated in Veronica Corningstone's attire. Though it's set sometime in the '70s, her wardrobe and hair strongly recall the female reporter characters of '40s Hollywood, such as Hepburn in Woman of the Year and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday. Corningstone's trademark outfit is a solid colored skirt suit with either a fun yet tasteful patterned shirt and a large pointed collar (which is probably the only indication of her character existing in the '70s) or a simple dress paired with incredible high heels. Aside from one scene, her hair is always down and parted on the side with a swoop of Veronica Lake peekaboo curls, which adds to her vintage mystique.
Like Hepburn and Russell in their films, Corningstone wants to be taken seriously as a career woman and dresses the part. She also follows their suit by being stylish and sexy without losing an ounce of professionalism. This element of Corningstone's character adds a touch of class to the otherwise raunch-filled and insane McKay-Ferrell combo. While everyone else at Channel 4 News looks like they stepped out of That '70s Show, Corningstone throws the 2nd wave of feminism a bone by honoring her comedic foremothers through fashion in the fight for equality.
Color-blocking is one of my favorite elements of fashion and Veronica Corningstone blocks like a champ.
Please see below for some other spiffy fashion photos!