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Top 10 inspiring movies summer looks

From the '70s sensuality of Michelle Pfeiffer in "Scarface" to the pseudo-hipster style of Keira Knightley in "Can a Song Save Your Life?"

Top 10 inspiring movies summer looks  From the '70s sensuality of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface to the pseudo-hipster style of Keira Knightley in Can a Song Save Your Life?

Summer. Cinema. Fashion.

Three worlds often united in a love story full of nuances, from romanticism to sensuality, from the cold emotional detachment to the most overwhelming passion.

Just press play to get a taste and immerse yourself, maybe even get influenced and copy some looks.

If you do not want to browse through the Netflix catalog in search of films in which those three elements blend perfectly, just read below, because nss recommends 10 cinema works full of cool summer looks to copy.


To Catch A Thief (1955)

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly ... should one need to add anything else?

If those three names have ever guaranteed quality and elegance, made eternal by the magic of cinema, don't give you enough reasons to watch this film, we add the beautiful landscape of the Côte d'Azur and the dream wardrobe created by Edith Head, perhaps the most famous and talented Hollywood costume designer of all times.

Everything in this classic is perfectly calibrated: the story, the direction, the clothes, which mix the sophisticated style with a hint of eccentricity.

A detail to watch out for: in "To Catch A Thief" the first time Cary Grant sees Grace Kelly, the star wears a black and white dress. In the following scenes, as the story progresses, the colors of her clothes gradually enrich themselves: from the coral pink of the picnic gown to the gold lamé skirt, in the finale. 


Bonjour Tristesse (1958) 

When he organized the “Bonjour Tristesse” competition, Preminger was not looking for Cécile, he was looking for Jean Seberg. And, when he had found her, it wasn’t a question of whether she was worthy of Cécile, but whether Cécile was worthy of being made real by Jean Seberg.

This is what François Truffaut, who would then direct the actress in the iconic "A bout de souffle", wrote in his book "The Films in My Life", underlining how much Jean was the film itself.

Her wide open eyes, the walk, the natural grace, all in her tells of the experiences, the revolution and the inner conflict, the first loves and the jealousy of a seventeen-year-old just out of the college, who has to share her father,  a widower, and playboy, with another woman.

The same language also spoken by the young girl's wardrobe which, in addition to a beautiful black evening dress by Hubert de Givenchy, is built on a series of capri or high-waisted pants, vichy and polka dots, knotted men's denim shirts, often worn over full-length swimsuits, shorts, white ballerinas and flat sandals or bare feet, wicker baskets (still very trendy) and short hair.


Scarface (1983) 

The legendary film by Brian de Palma that has influenced cinema, video games, fashion and even a certain common attitude in the world hip-hop.

Drugs, cars, exotic animals, women, jewelry, clothes, violence, language, all in the irresistible rise and devastating fall of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is excessive.

Also the costumes created by Patricia Norris that, in a damned captivating kitsch, made up of contrasting and vibrant colors, makes the drug dealer the symbol of the gangster and his wife Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) a perfect pin-up for the disco era.

How? With three pinstripe pieces of light colors, based on those of the original gangsters in the 30s, mixed with bright-toned Hawaiian shirts (inexorably popular in menswear) for Pacino; while for Pfeiffer (one of the most beautiful actresses of all time) with her power suit with high-slit skirt and shoulder pads, with silk or satin slip dresses that refer to the '30s, but recall Roy Halston and Versace and survive in the Instagram shots of many bloggers and influencers.

A remake of "Scarface" directed by Antoine Fuqua is currently in the works and it is rumored that the protagonist may be Denzel Washington.

Fan facts: also the film by De Palma is a remake of the 1932 "Scarface" by Howard Hawks. Here in place of drugs, there is alcohol, because the story takes place at the time of Prohibition.


Mon pere ce heros (1991)

Until a few years ago, this was one of those films repeated cyclically and inevitably every summer, both in the original French version and in the American remake (starring a young Katherine Heigl aka Izzie Stevens of "Gray's anatomy"). The protagonist of both is Gerard Depardieu, in the role of a divorced father who takes his daughter on vacation. Here the exuberant fourteen year old tries to impress a boy by saying that her father is actually her lover, leading to a series of misunderstandings.

It is certainly not a masterpiece of international cinema, but an easy comedy, a madeleine of memories that has the taste of the late '80s. A taste made even more vivid and sweet by the look of the protagonist (Marie Gillian), with her thong swimsuit, the printed pareo, the shirts, the denim shorts and the fitted black mini dress accessorized with golden hooped earrings and a hard face in the trying to appear as a woman and not a girl .... is there any teenage girl who has never done that?


Thelma & Louise (1991)

A true cult.

Directed by Ridley Scott, who as a reference to the film cites Terrence Malick's "Badlands", brings to the screen a road movie focused on the friendship of two women in search of redemption on their husbands and on a patriarchal society.

The plot? Louise (Susan Sarandon), a waitress in a fast food restaurant, and Thelma (Geena Davis), a repressed housewife with a violent husband, decide to spend the weekend in the mountains, but the situation becomes more complicated when they decide to stay in a country restaurant. Thus began a car chase through the mountains, including stetson hats, tank tops, sunglasses and a rain of denim.

The film, which marks Brad Pitt's film debut, is one of the most quoted of all time, not only in fashion, but everywhere, from the Simpsons to the Telephone video featuring Lady GaGa and Beyoncé.

Fun facts: Levi's refused to offer the inclusion of its products inside the film, so the denim range comes from all the other brands except the famous American label.


Indecent Proposal (1993) 

"What would you do if someone offered you a million dollars to spend a night with your wife?"

This is the key question around which the entire film by Adrian Lyne, starring Woody Harrelson, Robert Redford, and Demi Moore, revolves.

The image of the actress, here at the peak of her career, in a tank top and underpants, lying on a bed full of fifty and one hundred dollars banknotes instantly becomes iconic.

Beautiful, Demi is the catalyst force that moves every element of the film and attracts all those who meet her gaze framed by a perfect bob.

Interesting funky looks alternating, especially the brown backpack she wears in different scenes (could be designed today by brands such as Margiela, HBA or Heron Preston), but all are swept away in a moment by a Thierry Mugler black cocktail dress, always on the list of the most iconic fashion items appeared in cinema history.


Begin Again-Can a Song Save Your Life? (2013)

This is a small film by John Carney, comes seven years after "Once", the 2006 work of the Irish director, became a success thanks to word of mouth.

Keira Knightley is the delightful protagonist, a British singer in New York who, dumped by her fiancé (Adam Levine of Maroon 5), would like to return home to Bristol. Everything changes when she meets a penniless music producer (Mark Ruffalo) who, fascinated by the girl's talent, offers her to record an album outdoors, on the streets of the city.

The neofolk artist's look is simple but extremely personal, made up of high-waisted trousers, boyfriend jeans, vintage dresses, flat shoes and shoulder bags.


The Other Woman (2014) 

Three women different in character, appearance, style, age, united by the same man ... in short, a disaster announced that in this film directed by Nick Cassavetes (son of two legends of cinema: Gena Rowland and John Cassavetes) turns into a nice comedy about  "female" sisterhood.

The protagonists are Leslie Mann-Kate aka the wife, Cameron Diaz- Carly aka the lover and Kate Upton-Amber aka the other woman.

Perhaps it is superfluous to say that the costumes, styled by Paolo Nieddu and Patricia Field ("Sex and the City"), have a huge role in the appeal of the film.

Carly is a modern, attractive and successful woman, as explained by a couple of costume designers, she has a sophisticated and elegant style, signed by Antonio Beraldi, Martin Grant, Tom Ford and Rich Owens.

Kate, represented by Leslie Mann, is like a woman from the 50s who has fallen into the present day, married who lives in the suburbs, who does not work and lives a seemingly perfect life. Her wardrobe is populated by Prada, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulltzer, J. Crew, Red Valentino and Pucci.

Finally, there is Amber, the youngest, the typical American girl next door wearing jeans and a T-shirt. She has an explosive body as we can see in a scene where she wears a white bikini designed by Malia Mills.

Nicki Minaj is also in the cast as Carly's sexy secretary, with her tight-fitting, colorful dresses and quirky fantasies.

Which style do you prefer among the four?


Brooklyn (2015)


Saoirse Ronan is one of the young talents to watch out for.

In this film by John Crowley adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín's homonymous book, the actress plays a girl looking for a path to follow, on the edge between a future in America with the boy she loves and a passed to Ireland, the place she feels she belongs to.

We are in the '50s in a Brooklyn that the photography of Yves Bélanger tells perfectly, exalting a pastel-colored fashion, dresses in an American neckline, pearl necklaces and fanciful and feminine sunglasses.

The inspiration of the costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux comes from an old homeward film from the parents of producer Finola Dwyer, from many vintage photographs and screen divas of the era, including Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.

The favorite look? The one worn by Saorse-Eilis during the day in Coney Island.


A Bigger Splash (2015)

Luca Guadagnino has a gift: to make his films a haven for the eyes, inhabited by a sense of marvelous and powerful aesthetics.

No exception is A Bigger Splash, a film inspired by Jacques Deray's Le Piscine from 1969 with Ralph Finnies, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson in place of Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Maurice Ronet.

To define it, someone used the words "Sex, suspense and the Mediterranean Sea", all elements that characterize the story of Marianne Lane (Swinton), a rock star who is recovering from a surgical operation on vocal cords together with her boyfriend Paul on holiday in Pantelleria. At one point the romance of the couple is interrupted by the arrival of the woman former boyfriend, Harry and his daughter Penelope.

The look of the girl played by Dakota Johnson is damn contemporary, but the attention is catalyzed by Tilda (one of the coolest stars ever) and her clothes created by the costume designer Giula Piersanti in collaboration with the fashion house Dior (when Raf Simons was still the creative director).

Fun facts: Tilda's outfit at the end of the film, where she wears a checkered skirt with a matching top is the most modern and summer version of a look worn by Ingrid Bergman in the film Viaggio in Italia.