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“The Age of Adeline”. Romantic film on the fashion history.

Trenches from 1970 and 2018

The film “The Age of Adeline” is a message that carries information about beauty, and my post is a small part of this message, at the end of the day we are all parts of something  bigger. In my opinion “The Age of Adeline” is one of the best films about style and  fashion.

Adeline, the main protagonist of the movie, was born in 1908 and at the age of 29 stopped aging due to the accident. Physically she is always 29. The decisive events in her life take place in 2014 when she meets her lover. By 2014 Adeline has lived more than 100 years and throughout the film we observe the fashion of the 20th century represented by Adeline’s looks.

The most natural question after watching the movie is: “Adeline had a gift of living in a young body with a developed, not-aging brain! What did she use this gift for?” So many things could have been done despite the fact that she had to move from place to place!” If you leave this question aside and watch the film as some style magazine and a beautiful love story, you will receive a huge aesthetic pleasure.

The look of Adeline in 2014 ( the picture above)  is very elegant, it consists of items from the seventies, fifties. and few items from present time. The chief costume designer of the movie says that despite the young body, it is in fact a century-old woman who is dressing up.

I like her look enormously, especially in terms of colors, even if there is some level of conservatism in it.  It is interesting how Adeline’s trench from 1970 echoes with the new reading of the trenches from summer-spring 2018’s trends.

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Breaking clichés

According to your opinion what is a base wardrobe?

There exist a rule that items in a wardrobe should be combined in a proportion of eighty to twenty percent, where the eighty percent represents your essence, your most obvious and steady side. From the point of view of aesthetics it is your foundation wardrobe (most often choices in clothing). Usually your foundation wardrobe consists of clothes of so-called neutral colors as well as of classic cuts. Twenty percent of your wardrobe is your creative edge, which is expressed through accessories.

But what is an accessory? That is the question, which causes tension. Nowadays an accessory can be anything you like – skirts, pants, dresses, jackets etc. Modern fashion is aimed at creating the most bizarre clothes. Many items produced currently are aimed at causing strong emotions, like surprise. They have an unusual geometry, they often represent a fusion of old and new. The whole history of fashion is being currently analyzed, reworked and revived in a new quality. Modern clothes are difficult to define. Fusion is the motto of modernity, it is everywhere even in cooking and in a huge number of international marriages. In one word, everything is being mixed up and everything can be defined as an accessory or a base wardrobe.

It is confusing. Many of us end up with a pile of creative clothes that never leave the house.

What is happening is that fashion changes and breaks the existing stylistic clichés. There are no more rules like “tone-to-tone”. New geometrical rules apply while you compose an outfit. Most likely, a foundation wardrobe is also a dying concept. So, the natural question one might have is “What are the new rules?” The answer is that there are no rules. There is no ideal of beauty to which to aspire, there is no pyramid to climb. Fashion has ceased to be beautiful, it became liberal and provocative.  So, the answer might be: “Forget about old rules such as a foundation wardrobe and start creating looks expressing your mood.” Think of how much weight of creativity you can bear. Become interesting monochromatic or provocative achromatic. Combine un-combinable. Difficult? Yes, not always effortless. Continue reading

Romantic look

If you type something like “Romantic dress” or “Romantic dress style” in your search engine, many ideas of “a romantic dress” will show up.  You will notice  some nostalgia about them, most of them will contain a certain reference to the past, I mean the past, which is  a hundred years ago and older.

Look at the dress below. One great art critic said that ancient Greeks used to drape their sculptures to show the body, to reveal its sensuality, movement and muscles. In the middle ages drapery was designed to hide the body as much as possible. Gatsby and Edwardian style dresses that you see below do both things – they hide and at the same time reveal the body. Light fabrics flow like water and make the image absolutely romantic.


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Anton Chekhov “The Beauties” and Guy de Maupassant “Useless Beauty”

One of the Beauties from the book Hong Lou Meng "the Dream of Red Mansion"

One of the Beauties from the book Hong Lou Meng “the Dream of Red Mansion”

Humans are created in such a way that they prefer certain proportions called harmonious or beautiful.

In beauty we just rest… Milorad Pavic said that it is so hard to create something beautiful, so much effort is spent on it. In contact with the beautiful, we feel relieved knowing that when the overall energy in the world was distributed, we were saved a certain amount of labor: the efforts of others invested in the beauty reduce our share of fatigue. Saved from a certain expenditure of energy, we can enjoy it. Continue reading