Wes Anderson knows movie style. Like, really knows it. Which is why he has joined Miuccia Prada on the third installment of her ‘Prada Classics’ project, creating Castello Cavalcanti to celebrate the cerebral worlds of art, architecture and film. There is a rainbow of reasons (in only the most exquisite colours) that explain why Wes is the man for the job...
1. The A-List fashion collaborations already under his belt
THE DARJEELING LIMITED - FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
The Darjeeling Limited and its prequel Hotel Chevalier features a beautifully edited wardrobe by maestro Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Favourite looks range from Natalie Portman (with uber cool cropped hair and minimal makeup) wearing tailored wool coats, mannish clothes and sexy knee-high boots to Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson’s range of tailored perfection, heavy black funeral trench coats and cotton striped pyjamas and ALL that luggage! These dreamy costumes remind you of the power of clothes: their ability to create character, mood and evoke another world. What more could we ask for?
2. Excellent styling and colour palettes of his previous movies
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS - TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
Think Margot Tenenbaum’s late 60s look of side-swept hair plus hair pin, fur coat and polo shirt-dress or Moonrise Kingdom’s Suzy in peter pan collared dress, berets and knee-socks. The poster for Castello Cavalcanti promises a Prada perfect palette of primary colours and signature graphic lettering that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the Spring Summer 14 catwalk.
3. His film for Prada Candy L’eau speaks for itself
PRADA x WES ANDERSON
Need we elucidate on the joys of this New Wave inspired short (also because we've already raved about it)? Ok, we will – the pastel dresses with those off-key, sort-of ugly red shoes? That chunky, just too-short fringe plus bubble gum pink nail combo? Achingly cool!
Let’s set the perfectly executed scene of the new movie. It’s 1955 in Rome’s Cinecittà (the hub of Italian cinema and studios). Jason Scwartzman has just arrived in a tiny and surreal Italian village, having crashed his racing car into a statue of Jesus Christ. Cue beautiful Prada tailoring (no doubt), acid colours of 50s formica and neon signage (in true Prada iconicism) and a beautiful Italian waitress (actress and director Giada Colegrande).
Watch the film above and scroll through our hall of Wes fashion fame below…