Monday, July 23, 2012
The Basics: How to Dress for a Film Premiere
I love movies. I see a movie every chance I get. I’m at the theatre 3 times a week and I see them all—obscure indie films, hard hitting documentaries, sappy romantic comedies and big action blockbusters.I’ve been waiting to see The Dark Knight Rises for what feels like FOREVER. I think Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker and I have nothing but respect for him and his ability to make thoughtful crowd pleasers and high budget drama.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the European premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in London.
It was such an EVENT—red carpet, hundreds of screaming fans, flashes going off, an oversize Batman symbol set ablaze with fire, and the movie stars (not a term I use often but between Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Christian Bale sweeping down the carpet, I think it’s appropriate).
The movie was phenomenal but the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado casts the film in a particularly strange light. It was undoubtedly violent, and when we’re confronted with violence in the real world we have to question ourselves as a society and the messages we’re putting forward. Doodai Stewart of Jezebel wrote this really thoughtful piece: Violence on the Screen, Violence in Front of the Screen: Trying to Process the Dark Knight Shooting
Dark Knight Rises aside, lets talk about clothes. How does one dress for a film premiere?
The Boring Approach: The voice inside that says ‘Don’t kid yourself no one is there to see you. Wear something semi-fancy, a cute dress and some heels.’ Yawwnnn. No fun.
My Approach, The Glamorous Eccentric Approach: Dress to the film’s theme and tone. Dark Knight Rises marked the return of Cat Woman so I was thinking Ertha Kitt, Halle Berry, Michelle Phieffer all poured into body-con black leather. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any leather bodysuits on hand but I was going all black, Catwoman swag.
I took a black mesh American Apparel top, over a strapless La Perla bra, and paired it with a sweeping Yves Saint Laurent skirt, winged eyeliner and some very tall black pumps. I felt very cool, very Gotham city.
So dress to the films theme, it makes watching that much more enjoyable.