Thursday, June 30, 2011

Midnight in the Midwest

midnight in the midwest

midnight in the midwest

midnight in the midwest
works cited: loft dress, UO belt and sunglasses, clarks wedges

The other day, I finally saw Woody Allen's new movie, Midnight in Paris. I was a little bit dubious about the premise but I found the movie funny and light-hearted, and it was filled with on-point literary jokes that had me doubled over laughing (the T.S. Eliot moment had me roaring). I also loved Rachel McAdam's Parisian get-ups; in one scene, she's wearing a white shirt dress with a black belt and wedges (here's a still from the scene) and I knew right away I wanted to try the combination, which seemed to make a white dress a little less sweet. I wish I could find pictures of all the outfits in the movie--some of the 20's costumes were spectacular. Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

27 comments:

Whitney said...

I saw it the weekend it opened and I thought it was cute. I, too, was enamored with Rachel McAdam's outfits and I schemed for half of the movie about how I would copy it--you did a great job!

As for the movie itself, I think the overall message was nice, but I think it wasn't written very well. It kept me entertained without crazy explosions and unnecessary profanity, so I'll give it props for that!

Frannie Pantz said...

This is a spot on interpretation! You look so cute!

SoFashionistica said...

I haven't seen the movie, I think I will check it out though. But let me just say that this outfit looks darling on you!

dz_g said...

I LOVED the movie! I thought it was just delightful... and I was definitely taking note of Rachel McAdam's outfits as well!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Love the classic black and white!

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Sorcha said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, but my love for Rachel McAdams knows no bounds so I should really get myself into the cinema!

Love the monochrome look with a white base. Usually people go for black with white accents, this is a lovely refreshing change.

Sorcha x
Bonfire Brunette

Elena said...

Loved the movie! And, yep, everything Rachel McAdams wore in it. You look great!

Jessica said...

I adored the movie! It was beautiful and Owen Wilson was great. As a fellow English Lit person, I also loved the literary humor!

MONKEYFACE said...

I have the peachy pink version of this dress and I just love it! I am definitely going to have to try it with a different belt now b/c this looks great. Also I'm a huge Woody Allen fan and haven't seen the film yet so I kind of skimmed your post for fear you gave anything away... :)

lindsay said...

I loved the movie too, just saw it for the second time! I'm a modern lit student and coincidentally spent the past six month in Paris studying Hemingway and Fitzgerald... it's like Woody Allen KNEW...

Healthy and Homemade said...

This is the perfect version of what she wore. Looks great on you!

Eclectic Flair said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but just from looking at the still it looks like you did a great job recreating the look! I did practically the same look here too: http://eclectic-flair.blogspot.com/2011/06/white-wedding.html

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

wildchild said...

oh, it's good to see that bike again :) i miss mine terribly, being away from home for the summer.

and i've heard only good things about Midnight in Paris! i really want to go see it, but I'm waiting for the English version to be played here because I feel like so much will get lost in the dubbed version.

Sidewalk Chic said...

Your dress is super-cute. I'm loving the futuristic looking sunglasses too.

I'm always hesitant to see Woody Allen movies, because I am a fan. But sometimes his more recent work is hit-or-miss (though, I really did love Vicky Cristina Barcelona). Thanks for the write-up -- I'll definitely have to see it sometime soon :)

Anonymous said...

Cosign Whitney! Fun literary fluff, and visually striking. My boyfriend rightfully said that the city of Paris (a confluence of a real and imagined Paris) constituted another character in the film (sort of like New York functioned in Sex and the City, I think). It also gently interrogated the notion of a personal or historical golden age, which I loved--it actually challenged my own thinking in this regard, and encouraged me to grasp the moment I presently occupy as a true golden age. Even though the movie wasn't the best I've ever seen, our viewing of it was enhanced by a trip to a French restaurant beforehand--I highly recommend! Also, Cole Porter songs in the soundtrack? Be still my heart.

Loved the clothes, esp. Rachael McAdams' casual yet fab style.

Maria said...

Such an easy summer outfit yet totally chic! Very lovely :) Also, what kind of bike do you have?

Elena said...

I fell in love with the movie the second Zelda introduced herself (I am borderline obsessed with Fitzgerald - I even named my horse Gatsby).

During the movie my bf kept commenting that he could see me wearing all of Rachel McAdams' outfits:) I'll have to try some out when the 30-for-30 is over!

The Fashionista's said...

This look is crisp and clean - love it!

From Suns To Moons said...

Yeah, the movie was a bit silly and Hemingway's lines quite forced (oh, and Kathy Bates's French accent? atrocious). But the literary jokes were hilarious and I haven't liked Owen Wilson so much since he uttered the words "obsolete vernacular."
P.S.: Great outfit - what else is new?

caroline said...

i love how you recreated that look - you nailed it and look fabulous!

i've been dying to see that movie because i have been hearing good things about it!!

caroline - pictures & words

em said...

I totally agree with you :)

Kelly said...

Noooo ... it probably won't come out in Australia for another 6 months :( But I love 20s fashion so will have to drag the boyfriend along to that one :)

Kelly xo
Elegantly Academic

Holly said...

i absolutely loved the movie. it was so exciting, delightful, and whimsical, and the element of magic was so refreshing. i was so impressed by how elegant and understated the costumes were for each character, and yes, the 20s outfits definitely had me drooling. specifically this one: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-412MyZo1LOY/TYZixavhk9I/AAAAAAAAYtk/oG_ne_zgUEQ/s1600/Owen%2BWilson%2Band%2BMarion%2BCotillard%2B-%2BMidnight%2Bin%2BParis.jpg

i loved rachel mcadams look, too. i liked how she wore the belt on her hips at times. everything is so highwaisted these days, i liked the edgy flair that just something as simple as belt placement could provide.

Leslie Heimer said...

can't wait to watch it now. Love your dress - white is so so summer chic.

Shandi said...

I love the black and white combo, it's so classic. Pairing that belt with the dress breaks up the white so nicely!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

holly--yes, me too! i also liked the belt at the hips but i wasn't sure it flattered her figure as much as belt at the waist (sure was refreshing, though).
anonymous--glad to chat with another film analyzer! i agree to an extent about the city of paris, but it was also much more than a character, as wilson's character suggests when he asks "how is it possible to capture a city in any story? it's too complex to represent." i'm not sure if i think the movie disrupted the idea of a golden age, except in ways that felt a bit sentimental (at times, the "appreciate the moment you're in" felt a little allegorical/heavy-handed) BUT i loved the way the city itself contains so much history, suggesting that any past ages continue into the present (literally and metaphorically). i'm so glad you liked it, too, and it's wonderful to hear the ways in which people read the city in the film--it's one of my favorite things to think about.

umbrellamom said...

I just saw the movie last weekend and I enjoyed it immensely, also.

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