If you're like me, it's just about this time every summer when the heat takes its toll. I crave a cool room, a comfy couch, company of my fur-kids and a good flick. And it's the classics I turn to--especially the fashionable flicks, the ones to which Sex and the City owes a debt.
With that, here's a list to binge on...all you need is the popcorn.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Think Marilyn Monroe singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in that famous shocking-pink gown designed by William Travilla.
The fashion set could wax on about which Audrey Hepburn movie to watch. Here we see her in the Sorbonne student look. Seriously, you could do a stylish marathon on Audrey's flicks alone. I mean, there's a plethora from the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's, which I have to assume you've seen. (Please tell me you've seen it...)
There's also Funny Face, where Audrey clicks through a modern dance routine in an oh-so-French all-black number and ballet flats that still rings chic today. And then there's Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Charade and, oh, How to Steal a Million, where Audrey dons a black Givenchy Chantilly lace dress, jacket and stunningly sexy matching mask.
Not to mention Two for the Road, which my friend Felice Schulaner put on my radar. Audrey's future-forward costumes by André Courrèges are swoon worthy to say the least, the very least.
Some more for your sartorial viewing pleasure:
Belle de Jour
Catherine Deneuve was in (and, errrr...out of) Yves Saint Laurent haute couture throughout.
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
Or, in proper French, Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? Quite possibly the first take on reality TV, where a French television crew follows supermodel Polly Maggoo as she lives in the world of fashion's excess. Keep an eye out for the formidable fashion mag editrix Miss Maxwell, based on the ever-chic Diana Vreeland.
The Battle of Versailles
Wrapping up on a notable moment in fashion history when five then-unknown American designers--Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halston, Stephen Burrows and Anne Klein--took on the top five French designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. The Nov. 28, 1973 fashion show took place at the Palace of Versailles as a fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s palace.
Don't have your interest yet? How about Liza Minnelli performing the opening number for the Americans while Josephine Baker crooned for the French? What if I tell you that this event had an audience of social elite, like Princess Grace, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Gloria Guinness and Andy Warhol?
How about that the American designers hired an unprecedented 11 African-American models, including Pat Cleveland, China Machado, Bethann Hardison, Billie Blair, Jennifer Brice, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Charlene Dash, Barbara Jackson, Ramona Saunders, and Amina Warsuma?
It was historic for more than one reason--American fashion designers won the night to an uproarious standing ovation. We were on the fashion map with the world-renowned by the end of one night. Not to mention, racial barriers were broken, and the industry would be left forever transformed.
Now that I have your attention...here's where you find the movie. It's free to view. And you can watch it on your laptop while jet-setting this summer. It's better than anything you'll find in flight.