Fashion Moment: Wes Anderson

You can expect several things from a Wes Anderson movie: quirky families, lots of books, at least one Wilson brother, Bill Murray, and distinct, iconic style. Anderson, in an interview with Vanity Fair, once said, “The details, that’s what the world is made of.” Those details create an instantly recognizable aesthetic. With seventies style reigning supreme this fall, his penchant for retro costumes and sporty style can be spotted throughout this season’s trends.

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A Margot Tenenbaum-esque look from Gucci’s SS16 show. Image from Business of Fashion.

Anderson first solidified his relationship with fashion in his 1998 hit, Rushmore. With classic preppy costumes, it’s clear that Anderson knew how to make an impact through clothes. Then, in 2001, his cult classic The Royal Tenenbaums premiered with the iconic Margot (in her iconic Lacoste polo dress and fur coat) and her siblings, who all maintained a sort of personal uniform throughout the movie. All his films since have followed his distinct style, with fashion featuring prominently in the 1960s-based Moonrise Kingdom and his most recent film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Many of fall’s runways looked like they stepped out of an Anderson-created world, especially those of Gucci, Michael Kors, and Miu Miu. Lacoste’s fall line smacked of Chas, Richie, and Margot Tenenbaum’s athleisure style. Not only do Anderson’s characters have a recognizable style, but the colours used in the costumes and sets create a distinctly Anderson-esque world. Yellows, pinks, and khaki greens are frequent choices and this muted palette could be found throughout these collections.


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