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Wardrobes We (sort of) Want: Iris in The Match Factory Girl

Ok I might lose a few of you with this one, but I think I love the clothes and sets in this movie… if you’ve seen it then you’ll understand why I’m a little worried about what that says about me. This truly great (if dark) Finnish film is about Iris, a factory worker trying in vain to escape from a pretty pathetic life, and calling it spare would be an overstatement – there’s very little dialogue and I sincerely hope Finland has never actually looked this drab. And yet! I still kind of want that shirt and curtains and wall hanging?

Wardrobes We Want: The Brothers Bloom

Umm so this post series hasn’t really taken off (I guess it’s hard to top Jordan from Real Genius?), but then someone on Twitter recommended The Brothers Bloom and I couldn’t not post about it. The movie itself is meh-to-decent, about a pair of con men (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who take one last job swindling beautiful, weirdo millionaire Penelope (Rachel Weisz) with the help of their near-mute Japanese sidekick Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi). Obviously the dudes provide a fair amount of eye candy on their own, but holy geez, the CLOTHES!

Penelope sticks mostly to the classics: perfect black ankle boots, timeless trenches and capes, swingy dresses, etc.

But then Bang Bang steals every scene with an accessories situation that is pretty hard to beat. She carts all this stuff around the world for these con jobs?? I’ll trade my disbelief for those sunglasses, I guess.

Hmm, I guess these aren’t exactly inspirational outfits for Spring, are they? Good thing it’s FASHION and we’re all supposed to be thinking a season ahead… add these images to your Fall mood boards, everyone!

Wardrobes We Want: Jordan from Real Genius

So our newest employee, Caitlyn, recently started working down the street at Black Dog Video, and that’s got us thinking and talking a lot about film and TV characters with awesome clothes. Of course there are tons of obvious ones – Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, Jean Seberg as Patricia in Breathless, blah blah blah – but surely there are some others that we haven’t really thought about in that way before??

Perfect example time: Michelle Meyrink as Jordan Cochran in Real Genius! You’ve seen this one, right? It’s an ’80s college movie starring Val Kilmer as a genius-turned-delinquent, working on a top-secret laser while showing young nerds how to let loose… pretty amazing stuff.

I re-watched it recently and not only is it as good as I remembered, but there are also some great wardrobe moments, particularly for the lone female genius, Jordan. Think oversized men’s shirts and sweaters worn with slim jeans, overalls (sometimes tucked into socks, but we’ll ignore that part), cutoffs and Keds, and one particularly memorable long-sleeved wetsuit… I’m sure they were trying to make her seem dowdy and off-trend (for 1985), but it’s all working for me! And not just because I accidentally got the same haircut as her last week…

(Thanks for the screenshots, Caitlyn!)

There’s plenty more good outfits where these came from, so you should probably just do yourself a favour and watch the movie… you won’t regret it, I promise.