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A Guide to 2013’s Most Fashionable Films

Posted on April 24, 2013 by

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

Summer blockbuster season is almost upon us and you’re probably just as stoked as I am for a whole new crop of movies to devour. But when it comes to movie fashions, summer blockbusters tend to be big on explosions and less on couture. There’s always just a movie or two each year that leaves the audience with a big sartorial impact. Most people are betting on The Great Gatsby to have the biggest style impact, but just because it has the most fashion hype doesn’t mean it will be this year’s most fashionable film.

So here are the movies of 2013 that you need to keep you eyes on for the film’s fashion and sense of style.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel is a rite of passage in any high school english classroom. This novel has made its way to the silver screen before but it is Baz Luhrmann’s super stylized adaptation that has us most excited, making it one of the most anticipated films of the year. The Roaring Twenties was a period of high fashion, artistic expression, crazy parties, and excess. No wonder it’s still a popular period for fashion magazines to take editorial inspiration from, and besides everyone loves a good flapper dress. Although this period piece has the most hype (check out Carey Mulligan’s Vogue cover), the ’20s inspiration might have already reached its peak during the Spring/Summer 2012 runways. Perhaps the film will revitalize last year’s trend and keep it alive.

Spring Breakers

While there was no haute couture to drool over, the movie did bring a resurgence to summer beach streetstyle. The film inspired a much anticipated clothing line with the ubiquitous boutique Opening Ceremony. Plus the film’s release was perfect timing with summer shopping season is fast approaching. I also have to give snaps to the film for making something so absurd like a balaclava trendy because when was that ever an hot ticket item?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games sequel is probably one of the most anticipated films of the year. If you’re not a Hunger Games fan (which is absurd!) fashion lovers will still have a lot to look forward to even if a plot about a dystopian future where children are pitted against each other in a fight to the death and a plot to topple a draconian regime don’t do it for you. The first film was widely praised for its highly avant-garde fashions depicted by Elizabeth Banks’ character Effie Trinket and for the ‘Capitol’ style makeovers that the lead characters underwent. Movie makeovers pretty much guarantee automatic fashion points. The only downside is that most of the first movie took place in a crazy, unsexy death match, so it might be hard to know if the second film will give us more haute couture or more dead people (it’s quite the difficult balance).

The Place Beyond the Pines

This film pretty much solidifies Ryan Gosling as a leading style icon. It seems that the Gosling can do no wrong as this film aptly takes place in the 90s just as we currently face a 90s revival trend. Gosling’s styling and outfits in this film is great inspiration for any guy trying to work the 90s trend into their wardrobe. But remember, caution must be taken as Gosling can pull off trends that many a man can’t.


This is probably a surprising addition to this list but hear me out. The remake of the classic ’70s horror film has an iconic prom scene, which is probably the one scene everybody knows about even if you’ve never seen it. You might just get some ideas and inspiration for your prom from this film apart from the whole pig’s blood and mass murder thing.

The Bling Ring

This is another film that I can’t wait for as I am seriously (figuratively) dying to see this movie. I love me some Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola, so this film is a dream come true.

Who hasn’t wanted to raid a celebrity closet? But as we all know, that’s illegal so it will nice to live vicariously through these characters (who, FYI, are based off of the real teenagers who stole from Hollywood’s elite). You can tell from the movie trailer that there will be countless amounts of clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. Basically, a fashion film lover’s dream. Plus, anticipation runs high as Coppola also directed 2006’s highly stylized Marie Antoinette. But considering The Bling Ring isn’t much of a period piece, it may not live up to Marie Antoinette. Bonus points for trying to make Paris Hilton relevant though!

Grace of Monaco

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.

Old Hollywood style icon Grace Kelly was a leading Hollywood actress who lived out an actual fairytale after she married the Prince of Monaco. She would later be known as Princess Grace who managed to combine Hollywood glamour with royal allure. She’s a style icon that some younger generations might not have heard of, so this film should be a great introduction to Princess Grace and her immortal sense of style.

One Direction: This Is Us

Oooh! A One Direction movie in 3D!!! I bet you’re just going crazy inside aren’t you? Putting the music aside, these lads are quite the fashionable bunch and I do like how well coordinated they are when it comes to their styling (and their harmonies of course!). So this doc should not only be a great encapsulation of their ‘Take Me Home’ world tour but also of their keen fashion sense.

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