Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cinema Connection--We're All Tied Up Over Diane Keaton in ANNIE HALL for Fall

Much like Love Story, another 1970s style behemoth, Annie Hall (1977) is a movie whose influence seems to make frequent appearances in fashion's autumnal collections.  Modern menswear always seems so fresh in the Fall, and icons like Katharine Hepburn and Diane Keaton model this look best of all.  It is especially true this year where the influence of Style Essentials like Woman of the Year (1942) and Annie Hall were seen all over the fashion runways.  Countless designers (Jenna Lyons at J. Crew), stylists (Rachel Zoe), models (Kate Moss), and celebrities (Rachel Bilson) continue to draw inspiration from Diane Keaton's style.  

And it is pure Diane...the costumes for Annie Hall allegedly came straight from the actress' own closet.  The style is so authentically her own that she continues to dress this way to this day.  Like any great artist, she learned from those before her and as a result made inspired choices in style.  Diane's references included some of the earliest menswear for women from the 1920s as well as the 1940s.  1920s style icons Gloria Swanson and Joan Crawford broke ground in menswear long before it became a trend in the 1940s.  Of course Diane also included the bohemian feel of the 1960s and 1970s with her flowing dresses, scarves, and woven bags.  She showed such vision...simultaneously drawing from the past while also being ahead of the trend.   

There was a seismic shift in fashion when Annie Hall hit the movie theaters in 1977.  It was a revolution...from the runways to the street.  With every look, Diane taught us the importance of accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves (though gloves do not appear in Annie Hall) and she regularly wore every single one with an outfit.  This also often included ties...trendcaster WhoWhatWear (above) shows some of fashion's love for the look this season.  I believe it was Coco Chanel's edict to remove one item of an outfit before heading out the door, but Diane did not subscribe to this.  Perhaps the most important lesson she taught was how to effectively layer a look, and you'll see how many of the ones from Annie Hall are right on trend today.  

Diane's early menswear inspiration from Gloria Swanson in Her Husband's Trademark (1922)
and Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Many magazine stylists borrow from Annie Hall, including Spanish Elle (above) and French Vogue

Today's style icons and It girls all have learned fashionable lessons from Annie Hall,
like Kate Moss (above) and particularly Rachel Bilson

Of course fashion designers, such as Allison Wonderland (above) and Balenciaga,
have always been inspired by Annie Hall style

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