Thursday, January 8, 2009

Cinematically Cinched - La Di Da

Annie Hall
Starring: Diane Keaton, Woody Allen
Directed by: Woody Allen
Costumes by: Ruth Morley

It's not like a dame's never worn a tie and slacks before. Marlene Dietrich did it better than most men. What makes Annie Hall's sartorial choices so iconic and so memorable is the ease with which she pulled them off. And no wonder; the character's clothes belonged to Didi Keats herself. Her character was a free spirit and her clothes reflected that: loose, a bit disheveled and most of all, fun. There is no deliberate sexiness, which we've all seen and of which I am sure we'e all tired. Annie was sexy for being herself, and that sense of self, whether assured or accidental, inspired ladies in '77 (and beyond!) to take some risks and perhaps to borrow or buy a smart vest. After all, there's nothing more slimming or flattering.

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