I finally saw the movie Carol a week or so ago. My friend, Elizabeth, and I both loved it. And we decamped to my favourite Indian restaurant to enthuse about it afterward. The acting is superb. I loved Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara. But it was the cinematography, the opulent shots of city streets or roadside motels, yearning looks out of car windows, surreptitious sideways glances, smoulderingly evocative half-smiles which kind of left me breathless. As Tim Robey of The Telegraph says in his review of Carol… director Todd “Haynes makes unhappiness beautiful.” So… yeah. The movie is beautifully filmed. There was that. That and the clothes. Sigh. The clothes.
|Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara in Carol|
The costumes in Carol are stunning, I think. But then again I love the fashion of the fifties. I am a fifties girl after all. Born in the fifties. And in my fifties… even if only for a few more months. I’ve rapsodized about fifties fashion on the blog before , about vintage fashion or current looks that riffed on vintage fashion. And with the exception of the hats of the twenties, I love the fashion of the fifties best.
I adore the tiny pill-box hats and slim fitting suits. Wearing a hat and gloves with a suit, like in this Vogue cover shot from 1953, is so elegant, so civilized. My mum says, when she was young, a lady did not venture downtown in Fredericton without her hat and gloves.
|Vogue September issue, 1953|
|Trousers with pockets, Vogue 1951|
|Cate Blanchette in Carol, in fur coat and coral hat and scarf|
|Long shot of Blanchette in fur coat and coral scarf and gloves|
|Four beautiful fashion shots from Carol|
|Stylish Mad Men|
Hubby and I love the new TV series Partners in Crime, based on the Agatha Christie “Tommy and Tuppence” mystery novels. The books take place in the twenties, but the television version is set in the fifties. Tuppence is adorable in her hats and cardigans, slim suits, and slacks and plaid jacket. I’m particularly fond of the yellow sweater and beret. Hubby and I really enjoy the Partners in Crime mysteries, but then we haven’t actually met a British mystery show we don’t love. And I have to admit it’s created some serious hat envy for me.
These shots below from Netaporter’s magazine The Edit are a good example of life imitating art, don’t you think? Even if the wearers of these hats have never watched Partners in Crime, those berets look like pure fifties fashion to me. And according to Alyson Walsh who writes the blog That’s Not My Age… the cardi is back this season. Hmmm. I might look for a lovely yellow or red cardigan, like Tuppence’s. I could pop on a beret and a couple of vintage brooches and be the very epitome of mid-century chic.
|Three looks from Netaporter.com|
I’m at my mum’s in New Brunswick this week. We scoured all her old photographs looking for shots of fifties fashion. She has lots of pictures of her sisters and herself in the forties. But by the mid-fifties Mum had four kids and undoubtedly not much time for picture taking. I do have a 1958 photo of my two older sisters in their matching skirts and blouses, crinolines and all… but it’s in my album at home. Ah well… I’ll include it in another post.
I’m quite happy to be at home in New Brunswick just now. Not just because Mum and I are having a good visit… but also because Hubby is back at home (too many homes) in Ottawa “battling” (his word) a mouse in our kitchen. And because they’ve just received over fifty cm of snow. By the time I swan in later this week, the roads will be well cleared and the ski trails freshly groomed. I hope.
Now that’s a coincidence, isn’t it? Fifty centimetres of snow. Fifty. Fifties fashion. I’m in my fifties. For a while yet anyway. But I’m trying not to think about that too much.
Have you seen the movie Carol? What did you think?