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The Watchlist: Fashion Film Edition

Whether you're in need of some evening entertainment, to rediscover an old favourite, or something to watch whilst you're working from home - add these to your watchlist for some seriously major vintage outfit inspiration.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Sofia Coppola's period piece on the last queen of France has stayed well and truly at the forefront of our vision boards since it's release nearly 16 years ago thanks to it's OTT visuals and seriously superb costumes, complete with Manolo Blahnik designed shoes. Whilst it might be tricky to get your hands on a Robe à la Française which rivals the ones worn by Kirsten Dunst, you can take inspiration from the film's romantic colour palette, the accessories and just the general material girl vibes.

Hackers (1995)

Some call Hackers a cult classic, thanks to the way it the early days of the internet, way before words like WiFi, 5G and Smartphone were even part of our vocab. But the real defining part of Hackers is the slick mid-90's era costumes which perfectly captured late 20th century street style. With cross-cultural references spanning Vivienne Westwood bondage trousers to Surfing gear and it's soundtrack featuring the Prodigy and Orbital, Hackers will always go down as the ultimate style inspo for lovers of that y2k aesthetic.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee's Oscar nominated film not only is highly praised for it's exposure of everyday racial inequalities which broke through into mainstream American cinema, it also perfectly captured the style of late 80's Brooklyn and the Colourful, bold and expressive emerging streetwear tropes of the time which still have an undeniable impact on luxury Men's fashion over the 30 years since it's initial release.

Scarface (1983)

Definitely not the most family friendly title, but the style of both Al Pacino's Tony Montana and Michelle Pfeiffer's Elvira Hancock has become part of this gangster thriller. Quintessential 80's Miami glamour Scarface originated some iconic looks including the much imitated white disco suit and Pfieffer's now iconic blue satin dress. Come for the thrills and drug-fuelled shootouts, stay for the red-hot party-wear inspo.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Not only is the The Fifth Element one of those classic sci-fi films which you'll never get bored of watching but it's from that era of late 90's filmmaking where the aesthetics were always just the right balance between futuristic and retro, oh and none other than Jean Paul Gaultier did the costumes for this one so you already know there are going to be some serious looks. From Milla Jovovich's Orange hair, Bruce Willis' utilitarian chic multi-pocketed looks or those amazingly kitschy air stewardesses. The The Fifth Element's Astral Grandeur will serve as an endless source of out of this world style.

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

One of Sharon Tate's most memorable roles, this glamorous pill-popping drama, revolving around the lives of three fading Hollywood starlets. Despite being described as trashy and melodramatic when first released - it's since gained a cult following; and it's ultra campy1960's costumes are part of the films lasting appeal. The films fashion moments: ranging from Vegas showgirl costumes to Jackie O-esque loungewear, retro luxe suits and seriously chic athleisure, if you love quintessential mid-century glam then this is one for you.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Pedro Almodóvar's black comedy is memorable not only for it's mile a minute plot-line but for the standout costumes worn by it's female leads. If you love 80's power dressing coupled with Spanish flair, boldly feminine colour pallets and arrestingly stylish getups then this is one for you.

Showgirls (1995)

The quintessential box-office bomb cum cult movie; Showgirls follows Nomi Malone as she ventures to Las Vegas and climbs the ranks from stripper to showgirl. Whilst it's not the kind of film you'd watch for the acting, but the costumes are what really elevated this film to camp classic status; think Mainstage of the Bellagio glamour, 90's Versace, LA's Trashy Lingerie windows and rhinestone everything.

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