Thursday, February 11, 2010

and if i seem to be afraid to live the life that i have made in song, it's just that i've been losing so long

I am a very big fan of Wes Anderson films. I love the self-contained universe that he creates, playing God to dysfunctional characters in quirky settings. One of Anderson's films that has "changed lives," according to a friend of mine, is his magnum opus The Royal Tenenbaums. It's a fantastic film, an all-grown-up version of Salinger's Glass family.
Style-wise, Gwyneth Paltrow will go down in sartorial history for her portrayal of playwright Margot. I was a bit wary of doing a post on this film because so much has already been written about the character. I hope I won't be redundant or anything in this post, but still I felt it necessary to celebrate a character with such a distinct personal style. Born and raised in a wealthy Manhattan family of scholars and actors, Gwyneth Paltrow possessed the same sophistication and wisdom beyond her years that the role of Margot had. Paltrow has said, "I definitely identify with the character of Margot as a younger incarnation of myself ... Everything resonates beautifully."
In her Lacoste tennis dresses, fur coat (custom-made by Fendi), leather Hermes Kelly bag, and requisite loafers and barrette stuck through her stick straight bob, Margot has her look down to a science. Occasionally she changes up her looking by lounging in the bathroom in a nude slip or covering her wooden finger with a pair of gloves. Though the style of Margot was reported inspired by original Chelsea girl Nico, who offered her "sultry bohemian vibe," I see a lot of similarities between Margot and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale. The heavy fur coats and raccoon eyes are very reminiscent of the lady of Grey Gardens.
It is easy to see why Eli Cash (Owen Wilson), Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray), and her half-brother Richie (Luke Wilson) are all in love with her - Margot has a very enigmatic personality. Whether traveling by way of the green line bus while Nico's "These Days" plays in the background or smoking imported cigarettes with a scowl on her face in her bathroom, Margot makes depression look absolutely enchanting.

Margot's immaculate closet

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