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Le Blow’s 10 most fashionable films // Movies what Vanity Fair missed out

In the September ish of Vanity Fair, they’ve compiled their list of the 25 most fashionable films from Hollywood – we at Le Blow YAWNED LOUDLY then decided we could do much better, natch.

So please see below 10 films we think have been CRUELLY overlooked by the power bobs at VF, (alright, alright pay me a Vanity Fair salary and I’ll lob another fifteen in; you get what you pay for, people).

Behold! The films that rock our fashion socks…

1. House Party

For optimum 90s streetwear right?

House Party film

Ahhhhhh yeaaahhhhh. NOTHING captures early 90’s get up like Kid ‘n Play. That high top hairstyle alone deserves a place in the fashion hall of fame.

Now call us fickle (oi, Fickle!) but it may be the recent resurgence of all things 90’s and street wear that has brought our new found appreciation for the fashion phenomena in this film – or  SPECIFICALLY this scene. AHMAYZING.

See also: House Party 2 – The Pajama Jam. Erm, HELLO! We’ve been wearing silky oriental pyjama tops and matching floral shirt and pant combos all summer… and let’s not mention that day I turned up to the office in my onesie. FASHION HAS NO BOUNDARIES, PEOPLE (except apparently it does. Awks.)

2. Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

OK see also Clueless AKA The most fashionable film IN THE WORLD EVER – however, save us having to rename this site the CLUELESS APPRECIATION SOCIETY (see previous 987645790 posts mentioning Clueless) we dug deep into our teenage psyche and we found… Christina Applegate.

Her interpretation of officewear remains similar to my own on important-meeting-at-work-day AKA DISTRACT THEM WITH EARRINGS/HEATHER SHIMMER LIPSTICK/BUNS/GEOMETRIC MONOCHROME/ANYTHING AN-Y-THING!!

And the ‘fashion show’ scene in the back garden clearly inspired a generation of budding, backcombing fashionistas (I’m looking at YOU, Le Blow Editor, Natalie Wall)…

3. Some Like It Hot

No, NOT for Tony Curtis’ powerful floppy hat and ruffle collar combo (although you can’t deny; dude CAN rock a dress), but OF COURSE for Marylin.

Ok ok, so this could have been a whole host of Monroe films, but we’ve chosen this one. And it’s for the Tit Dress.

No one quite rocks all out sex kitten glamour like Mazza and espesh in this barely there tit frosted glitter and sparkles number. *Rachel Zoe voice* I DIE.

4. A bout de soufflé

That’s right – I’m cultured. If you haven’t seen this film, it’s an absolute MUST-SEE. The epitome of French new wave, and – let’s be honest – effortless Parisian cool.

I’ve wanted to BE  Jean Seberg ever since I first laid eyes on her pixie crop. All stripey tees, flat pumps, and black Wayfarers. And not to mention Jean Paul Belmondo AKA the coolest guy in movie history. EVER. FACT

5. This Is England

Woody and Lol This Is England

Nothing has ever inspired our tomboy shabby-chic sod it im just gonna wear jeans side as LOL in this in England. Girl Skins = FIT. So many images/ recollections/ footage from this era concentrates on skins as a pivotal fashion and cultural shift for men. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GIRLS?

Long term lovers of the twin tip here at LB, ALL the girls in This is England, from LOL the ANTI girl next door (and a personal Fashion Icon) to Smell and her use of every colour makeup ever invented all at once on her eyelids, this film has serious fashion credentials.

And I for one, love it *shaves head. Leaves fringe. Starts to panic about work on Monday*

6. Desperately Seeking Susan

Don’t pretend you didn’t draw on a mole and colour your roots in black. Oh – just me then? Aged 3? Sure.

Add in some leather, black lace, a flash of leopard print, a casual tuxedo jacket and tutu combo, and a cool 8769500 bangles and you have FOUND SUSAN. Potential best dressed ever in worst film ever award. Bravo Madge, bravo.

7. Taxi Driver

Yes, I know we have already paid homage to the streetwalkin’ style of Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (worth mentioning again though, right?) but also major fash kudos goes to Cybill Shepherd for working a  blow dry like no other.

Cybill Shepherd Taxi Driver

Kudos also to the film’s protagonist and main (mental) man Travis Bickle – OH HI THERE ARMY SURPLUS JACKET. NICE TO SEE YOU’VE TRAVELLED ALL THE WAY FROM 70’S DOWNTOWN NEW YORK TO EAST LONDON. WHO KNEW? (we knew).

And also for inspiring a generation of Mohawks. And by that we mean David Beckham – obviously (and my little brother, aged 7, with an electric shaver. But we aren’t allowed to talk about that. We refer to it as the ‘difficult phase’).

8. Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused the film

For ultimate 70’s/ Woodstock teen trendiness. I dig this film out YEARLY for festival fashion inspiration. And let’s all give a special mention to Matthew McConaughey’s jeans and boots combo. Yeah he did.

9. Grease

Ok, ok an obvious one BUT a good one. And one American Apparel will forever be grateful for – MAY THE REIGN OF THE DISCO PANT BE A LONG AND PROSPEROUS ONE.

Whether you are a good Sandy- all polka dots and pearls – or Badass Sandy- all disco pants and shoulders (Hi boyz, hi); a beauty school drop out (come on we have ALL had some sort of hair dye disaster) or school slut, we can ALL appreciate a guy in a leather jacket with a Killer Quiff – CALL ME, ALEX TURNER, CALL ME – or a butter-wouldn’t-melt varsity boy (my long running obsession with boys in cardigans has NOT been helped by Sam Riley in On The Road. SCH-WING).

The film that inspired a generation of good girl Vs bad boy combos AND also a generation of horrendous hen dos.

10. Pulp Fiction

Special shout outs to John Travolta’s ponytail, And Samuel L’s fro for stand-up supporting performances but let’s be honest, this film is ALL BOUT UMA.

Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction

No one has ever made blood splattered white look so chic. The key to classic style= simple. Black bob. Damson lips. Black crops. White shirt. No shoes. It is THAT simple when you are THAT cool. No yellow tracksuit necessary.


  • Comments

  • avatar
    Shiny Happy

    Vanity Fair can bore right off. This is their list in full. Yours pisses all over theirs, LB:

    American Gigolo (1980)
    Annie Hall (1977)
    Another Country (1984)
    The Awful Truth (1937)
    Belle de Jour (1967)
    The Best of Everything (1959)
    Blow-Up (1966)
    Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
    Flashdance (1983)
    Funny Face (1957)
    The Godfather (1972)
    The Great Gatsby (1974)
    A Handful of Dust (1988)
    La Dolce Vita (1960)
    Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    Morocco (1930)
    North by Northwest (1959)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Rear Window (1954)
    Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    Sabrina (1954)
    The Thomas Crowne Affair (1968)
    Wall Street (1987)
    Withnail and I (1987)

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      Ha ha ha! Why, thanks. Any ‘most fashionable films’ list that doesn’t containt House Party has gotta be a joke, right?

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