let's celebrate good taste
Photographer: Andrew Durham for The New York Times
I think of all girl/style crushes I've ever had, Sofia Coppola is the most enduring one. It's predictable, I know. I'm quite meh about her movies - okay, but not earth-shattering - but her assured style is always an inspiration. But this isn't really just another one my gushings about her awesome wardrobe, it's just something I read about her lately that set off a train of thought.
In an interview in the January 2011 issue of UK Vogue, she described herself as being someone quite particular about what she likes and dislikes. This sounds general, but it got me thinking about how a lot of people don't exercise this to great degree when it comes to things like design and fashion, things they regard as superficial.
As Anna Wintour said in "The September Issue", something about fashion scares people. Sofia Coppola herself said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2006: “You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity."
I think here's nothing wrong with being interested in frivolity, so long as it isn't your be-all and end-all. Physical things like fashion, architecture, design are important to me because they frame the life you lead - they're the backdrop and settings that intersect when you form an emotional attachment or memory in association with them.
I suppose I like Sofia Coppola because of her enjoyment of design and creativity and the visual appeal and craft of things, in an exacting way, and her films celebrate this. Her gift is for the way things look and how they suggest so much, and I don't mind that she isn't so great at developing storylines, characters (that's what other filmmakers are for).
In the same way, I see her as someone who enjoys fashion with a clear idea of what she likes, exercising good taste.
She does "frivolity" so well, and I mean that in a good way.
Anyway, with that bit of navel-gazing over and done with, let's admire her good wardrobe, shall we? I love how the premiere of "Somewhere" means lots of new picts. Her look isn't strict and has a lot of range - she wears fur, sequins, some bright colours, full skirts, narrow skirts, ruffles, polka dots, stripes, heels, flats (not all shown here, I realise) - but there's a general demure vibe and she has a way of making things look understated and elegant that's a lot more about what she has on. Her clothes are great but it's her ability to wear clothes with her own distinct aura that I'll love to achieve.
Pictures from nytimes, zimbio