With 25 years (combined) of vegetarianism, Toddy and I often celebrate Thanksgiving by seeing a blockbuster movie. Add a sports phobia to our campaign to “save the turkeys,” and you can see that roasted bird and football is just not our thing. I’ll admit I’m a terrible movie watcher (sitting still is a problem). But I do love to look at a good movie. And of course, by that I mean, I just want to see the fashion. Costumes are my cinema.
I’d be surprised if Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I was nominated for an Academy Award in the costume category, but it did give me a feast for the eyes. Here’s my top thirteen (yep, thirteen) list of interesting fashion elements that held my attention through the film:
1 ) Numero uno: Dobby’s shoes. Who knew house elves liked orange Velcro to go with their Fred Flintstone dresses? I almost cried when Dobby died, he is one of my fav characters, but he looked so much like a Keebler elf that I couldn’t totally get into it.
2 ) Hermione’s eyebrows: maybe she’s born with it? There are a few faces that set the standard for brows. Elizabeth Taylor. Ann Hathaway. And now Emma Watson.
3 ) Gray. Wool. Want to look like a young wizard? Wear a gray wool sweater. The next day wake up and pull another one out of the endless bag and that brings us to…
4 ) The endless bag: purple and beaded, this cute little number goes on and on and on and on. This is one fashion element that becomes an important part of the story.
5 ) PMS necklace (the Horcrux). I thought it was funny that when they put on the necklace containing a bit of Voldemort’s soul, they all developed premenstrual dysphonic disorder. Don’t we wish we could just take off the damned necklace when we get so crabby?
6 ) If you want to wear the best costumes in a Potter flick, you can go one of two ways. The first is to be a member of the older generation of wizards. What’s with the wizard-wear generation gap? These senior dudes have the awesome duds and most of them remind me of my friend Jordan Halverson’s designs. For instance:
a. Wizard at the wedding in the jacket with a million layers of collars.
b. Crazy wizard in the cool house with the long johns and the robe that belongs in an insane asylum (this is how I look on Saturday morning).
7 ) The second “it-list” style option is to go the evil route, for instance:
a. Helena Bohnam Carter wears a cool (yet predictable) Klingon-inspired costume when she wrestles Hermione to the ground
b. The corporate look: navy pin striped suits, leather dusters, ties… Doesn’t it just scream “he who shall not be named” owns me.
c. The super cute cat lady look: pink scarf with a fox’s face, helmet hair and matching pink suit creates the news anchor meets room mother that is Dolores Umbridge. (I must have the fox scarf for my own.)
d. The steampunk wagon totally ran over the hot Robbin Hood guys in the forest who kidnapped our favorite threesome.
8 ) Pendelton: I can’t prove that all that plaid wool I saw in the movie was made by my favorite Oregon-based wool company. But Ron’s plaid coat and Hermione’s plaid blanket sure looked like it. This is a brand from my childhood and I just want to rub my face in its itchy glory.
9 ) Fingerless gloves: one of my obsessions this winter. You just catch a glimpse of a cute Fair Isle pattern that adds a little femininity to Hermione’s camping look. My friend Carrie makes the cutest ones I’ve ever seen, check her out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bigbrownhouse.
10 ) Houndstooth and bold checks on fellas. Nice one, Fred and George Weasley (see the checks on Fred and George in our first photo at the top). In fact, this week I was totally fashion-stunned when my fearless business leader walked in wearing a black and tan checked ultra classy jacket. One of the most striking looks I’ve ever seen on a gentleman.
11 ) Fleur Delacour: loved every inch of your style from the blue jacket, to the lace bra (was that you or Harry?) and especially the black and white wedding dress. The movie’s costume designer, Jany Temime said this dress needed to be “a witch wedding dress but not a Halloween dress. . . the phoenix motif is a symbol of love in a way because there is rebirth, love never dies, it is born again.”
12 ) Birthday suit: I don’t even know what to say. Little Harry Potter is growing up. SNARF!
13 ) Do wizard frequent the Gap? I’m sorry Harry Potter, but I was really disappointed to see your contrived yuppie outfits that looked like you just took them out of the dry cleaner’s plastic after a heavy-starch job. I mean, I like the Gap, but I thought only muggles shopped there.
Want to get the wizard look to make your winter a little more magical? Here are some ideas from Etsy: