Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jane Birkin's Wonderwall Wedding Style



Even though I feel quite old most of the time, I must acknowledge that at this stage in my life I am really still too young to participate in a lot of life-changing experiences in this modern day and age. Times have indeed a-changed, and it’s no longer as culturally acceptable or even possible to do things that young folks were doing a century – or even a decade – ago. (I try not to think about the accomplishments made by famous people of years past that I noted in my tragic post on my 20th birthday). Just a few decades ago, it was expected that girls ought to be married right after graduation. By that logic, twenty-five years of age was approaching spinster territory. That's not really the case anymore. 
I, at the tender age of twenty-one, am not thinking about marriage. I should not be thinking about marriage -- only girls named Juliet Capulet or Miley Cyrus can get away with that without experiencing horrid backlash. But for us normal gals who are neither heroines of romantic tragedies or peroxide pixie pop stars, we probably shouldn’t be thinking about marriage until we’re out of school, living independently, and are stable financially, emotionally, mentally, and a myriad of other –ly words. 
That being said, I think about weddings. A lot. Not in a weird crazy girls of Pinterest sort of way, but whenever I see gorgeous wedding pics (Pamela Love. Seriously stop it), or a beautiful wedding cake that my mother has made (she’s a baker, FYI, not a nutjob who just makes wedding cakes for fun) or an amazing bridal gown (my fave Stone Cold Fox has been Instagram-ing pics of totally drop-dead dresses), I can’t help but swoon. 
Last week, I wrote an article for my university newspaper about the genius of Jane Birkin (a post with that article is soon to follow). Looking through the many images I have saved on my computer of Jane, I of course eventually gravitated to one of my favorite of her films, Wonderwall


The film is true sixties psychedelic genius and Jane is so incredibly beautiful as the mod model Penny Lane. Her style in the film is gorgeous and absolutely lustworthy, but the lasting image I have from that film is of Jane in her wedding attire. No other look has so epitomized the idea of the sixties sentiment to wear ‘flowers in your hair’ quite like this moment. A floral crown adorns her head and even more wild flowers are wrapped through her locks and around her billowing white gown. 
This look is the ultimate wedding style in my opinion, and I’m not the only one to think so. Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller seems to have taken a cue from Jane for her own wedding from earlier this year by pairing her princess-like Marchesa designer gown with a floral crown, and adding her own man repeller-y touch of Dannijo jewels and a satin moto jacket. Jane herself even seems to have been inspired by her Wonderwall look, wearing a toned down version of the outfit with Serge Gainsbourg a few years later. 


What do you think of Jane's Wonderwall bridal look -- would you ever wear it for your wedding? 

7 comments:

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I find it interesting that your generation suffer the same 'fatal' complex as mine did, getting old means over 21. Shame, believe me none of us truly reaches a zenith until far later in life. Jane is indeed a wonderful looking bride in the film, and in person. As for me, I wore black at my wedding which did not take place until I had turned 40. Too much to do, see and enjoy before then!

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Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the look, Its a great inspiration, but I would never want that exactly. Plus, I just got married this summer, and designed my own dress! (sort of Grecian)I will send you a picture you like.
We live in a youth centred society, especially in the west. So it makes sense that people of our generation feel that they are past their prime when they have reached over 21, (I know I felt that) But its not true, its just the fact that our culture glorifies youth and beauty, and we feel if we want to do something successful or meaningful it must happen well we are young, and that, is very difficult. Also people are taking a lot longer to grow up than they used to. which that may have something to do with a generational identity crisis.

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Lizie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think what she's saying is less to do with the youth fixation of society but that changing norms for our generation and just general restlessness of being that age. I am mid-20s now, but I remember being 21 and being horrified that I hadn't felt like I had done that much with my life yet. And when the first of my school friends started to get married, I thought we were too young to do that, but my mum was younger than I am when she had me (she was already married for two years too).

Desdemona Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

shes so beautiful in this film,
I see you like old films, take a look at a post I did on my fav 60s films, you may like some, let me know if theres any you think I might like too!!

http://desdemonavintage.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/vintage-original-1980s-lilley-skinner.html
xx

Angus Clarke said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Weddings are my thing and I also love the look. I would want to base this look for my wedding cake since I am also having this similar one for my dress and hair. It seems simple but that's the beauty of it. Everything should look interconnected, from my look to my cake.

Caitlin Williamson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well, this works for me too. I love the crown of flowers and how simple it looks. It has the aura of being natural and carefree. I think I'm gonna consider this for my wedding too.