This magical month’s theme is PAPER, which means us dedicated followers of fashion are going to talk about our favorite bad-ass babes in so many amazing films! Some of these great female leads were inspired by books or graphic novels. Thanks to the magic of film and fashion these characters have come to life right off the page. No matter how you slice it, this month of DFOF is jam-packed with GIRL POWER! ~Tessa, Fashion Editor // featured image by: Mary Cantrell
I want to talk about everything in this film, but at the same time- I don’t know where to start. There’s a lot of movies about being a senior in high school, but there aren’t too many about life after high school. Ghost World is a film based off of Daniel Clowes’ comic series about two of the baddest, nonchalant bitches in the world. Throughout the film Enid and Rebecca are trying to figure out what to do with their lives now that they’ve graduated high school, and looking hella fabulous. I’ve always been able to relate to the two girls, because they hated high school so much…but they can’t decide if they hate the real world more.
The amazing fashion starts right at the opening credits with a video clip of “Jaan Pehchan Ho” with masked Bollywood stars dancing (from the movie Gumnaam). After the video is over you are in immediate awe by Enid’s room and her perfect bobbed haircut. Throughout the whole film Rebecca is sporting the cutest mini skirt and sweater combos that are simply wicked, but Enid’s “original 1977 punk rock look” dominates everything (making me wish I was her). To this day I still search far and wide for a giant, round train case and a raptor shirt. Oh! And did I mention Steve Buscemi is in it and he “can’t relate to 99% of humanity”?
Topshop long sleeve shirt / J TOMSON faux leather jacket / Lands End black skirt / Boohoo short skirt / Bronx lace up boots / Dolce Gabbana leather handbag, $2,095 / Pendant necklace/ Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, $220 / Boys Lightning T-Rex T-Shirt
I’m fairly certain that The Secret Garden was the first novel I ever read, and I think I was around eight years old (overachiever much?) The book tells the classic tale of a rich and privileged girl who is orphaned and forced to go live with her weird relatives, but it is so much more. Mary, said rich girl, finds a key that leads to her discovering, you guessed it, a secret garden that opens up a world of mystery. The reason I love this book so much even now is that the characters are complex and interesting. They are forced at a young age to deal with mourning and loss, often without the help of any adult figures. I think there is a lot to be said about a book that encourages exploration and discovery, even if it is a little mischievous.
Along with reading the book, I also obsessively watched the 1993 film adaptation, which is memorable for many reasons, though is worth a watch just to see Dame Maggie Smith (her character is not a far cry from “Downton Abbey”.) As a kid I envied Mary, not just for her spunk, but her wardrobe of lace Victorian dresses, sensible black boots, and straw hats. Sure she was sneaking around, but always looked put together doing it. If the lace is a bit much for you, try putting your hair in two loose braids and tie the ends with a fun colored ribbon. Now you are all set for an afternoon in the garden!
Ryu victorian dress / Vanessa Bruno Athé lace dress / Chanel black boots / Miu Miu black boots / Cameo necklace / Sterling silver ring / Jennifer Ouellette straw hat / Hair bow / Tasha headband hair accessory / Graham Brown floral wallpaper / Pier 1 Imports dinnerware / Yellow home decor
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a serious bookworm! I found my comfort in checking out a book at the library and then just taking it all in. When I was thirteen and in middle school, I went on a library binge. To this day, I’ve never read as many books in such a short amount of time. Of all the books I soaked in, however, there was one that left a lasting mark on me. “Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good” by Beverly Donofrio. It was the perfect early exposure to female written autobiographies. It was inspiring to see a woman’s brutally honest life story and how she managed to fight through all challenges thrown at her and work towards her goal. What always resonated with me was the fact that it wasn’t the typical “oh, she worked hard and met her goal!!” story. Hell, she talks about how little motivation she had at times and how she gave it a break for a little bit. Because life is a pain in the ass sometimes and you just gotta take a break.
It wasn’t until a couple of years later when I discovered there was a movie with my favorite actress, Drew Barrymore! I was hesitant at first with what the results would be. The book was now something I treasured, and my biggest fear was to see a bad, Hollywood dramatized version of Donofrio’s powerful work. As expected, they changed a few things up, but all in all it remained true to the original message. It had the perfect mesh of sad, comedic, and dramatic qualities that the book also possessed. Plus, have Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy together in any movie and you’re guaranteed great performances. Set in the late sixties and seventies, the film is centered on Barrymore’s character of Beverly Donofrio, the mischievous fifteen-year-old writer who becomes pregnant and follows her journey through marriage, trying to go to college, juggling work, a baby, and subsequently a divorce.
Alongside the strong feminist undertones in Donofrio’s character (a girl that protested getting married due to her being pregnant because she wanted to go to college instead? In the cookie cutter suburban sixties?!), great performances, and more, it goes without saying that the styles in the film are the greatest! You can see Donofrio’s development from her gullible teenage self to the matured woman with a story with her clothing alone! You’re introduced to teenage her with her donning a cute, and borrowed, retro flare/tea dress donned with an equally adorable headscarf. Just a few years later on, while juggling a young son, studying, work, and an irresponsible husband, her style is less carefree. She rocks a simple red tee and jeans and, of course, she still looks gorgeous. To complete the circle, you get a glimpse of her on the other side this, a now grown woman whose son is in college. She opts for the classically elegant and mature ensemble, with a coat that’s to die for.
The film and book are still my top favorites and it’s no surprise why. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! They’re both emotionally and visually pleasing and nothing short of inspiring.
Superdry logo t shirt, $42 / Croft Barrow red pea coat / River Island blue pants, $20 / Mango slim jeans, $33 / Heel booties, $42 / American Eagle Outfitters canvas sneaker / Weekend bag, $50 / Lauren Ralph Lauren chandelier jewelry / White Stuff buckle belt, $38 / Topshop wool hat
Out of any movie I have ever seen, Whip It has definitely been the most influential. Not only does the main character learn to not give a single fuck about what others think about her, the entire theme of the movie is “be your own hero.” “Be your own hero,” is such a powerful message to send to girls and women in a world that insists on keeping them submissive and oppressed. Whip It taught me to stand up for myself and to do what i want, it also inspired me to follow my dreams (as tacky as that sounds) and to stop holding myself back. This entire movie screams girl power, and leaves me feeling so empowered, I feel like I can roll over the patriarchy in my rad pink skates.
The autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis illustrates the life of Marjane Satrapi from her precocious and outspoken childhood in Iran to her adult years, travelling Europe in an attempt to escape the oppressive Islamic revolution. It was translated into black and white film, fitting closely with the graphic novel style. Marjane’s fashion choices act as a way of rebellion against Iranian rules. As a teenager, she consciously rejects the veil and Islamic expectations for a “punk is not ded” jacket and a cassette player, ultimately landing herself in trouble with the female teachers at the school. As she escapes to Europe, Marjane is introduced to European fashion and culture, adopting a grunge punk crossover style. Her experimentation with fashion in her teenage years highlights the use of fashion as a tool for testing boundaries and challenging oppression. Coming from an avant-garde, activist family, Marjane struggles to understand why the Islamic government create an identity for all women to conform to, and throughout her life she continues to challenge the ridged social expectations and orders through fashion and music.
What’s YOUR favorite movie-adaptation of a book?? Leave a comment and let us know!!