Style in Film: Mood Indigo (2013)

Have you seen the movie Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry? It’s actually an adaptation of the novel “Froth of the Daydream” by Boris Vian. The film is quite surrealistic, quite weird, and visually, very pleasing… talk about a surrealistic world where you can wear as silly clothing as you want and not feel self-conscious about it! Also, main roles are played by Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, two French film stars I seem to have affection for. So when I caught a glimpse of the movie on TV some time ago, it sparked my interest enough to actually watch the whole thing! Why yes, I do like the surrealistic stuff, but to a certain extent – I just don’t like it when things get so surreal they make you physically sick… but oh well, that’s just my taste. Anyhow, here I won’t discuss the film but rather its costumes. So let’s just skip the plot and dive into the wonderful world of characters’ wardrobe…

Sometimes I wish getting dressed was that easy, but then where would the satisfaction of the process be?

When I talk about costumes, I mean mostly the clothes worn by Chloe (Audrey Tautou) who has this beautiful fashion sense of vintage inspired (well, I suppose clothes had to look “vintage” since the film takes place in the mid-century) mixed with quirky, which becomes more simple and classic as the film progresses. But there are some interesting pieces worn by other characters as well, such as lovely pastel dresses with bows, plaid suits and even a costume which looks like it was made from a snake’s scale…

As the film goes further and the story develops from a light-hearted to a sad one, the colors begin to fade as well as the clothes the characters are wearing. Trench coat in nude is Chloe’s repeated outfit as the color palette fades into beiges and whites, with only an occasional pop of color here and there.

I also love Chloe’s use of white tights, which she wears repeatedly – firstly in the dance scene, then on the ice rink, and on her wedding day – where she paired her wedding dress with a bright furry jacket, which not only works but looks really cute in this weird fantastic world.

All in all, the film is quite silly – and sad in the end, which may or may not please you, but it’s definitely worth watching if only for the wonderful wardrobe. I may take notes from Chloe and add some whimsical elements into my style this fall, because after all, life is too short not to own adorable fawn shoes with a matching mustard dress, right?

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