Style over substance works for me in a lot of places—movies in particular. If I’m going to be staring at something for 120 minutes, please let it be beautiful. It doesn't even have to make sense, the writing can be crummy, who cares about the acting...I just want it to look nice.
In a Sofia Coppola movie, that might manifest itself in some dreamy hazy lighting. In a Wes Anderson film, set design would play a big part and so on and so forth; but in all movies, a huge part of the visuals is going to be the looks. The makeup, the hair, the gowns, the shoes maybe even. I’ll sit through a two-hour poor man’s Benjamin Button (Age of Adeline) just to stare at Blake Lively being that perpetual perfectly-dressed girl who just happens to be 200 years old or something but still cares enough to have her hair and makeup set perfectly.
That’s a bad example though, there are better ones. Like the makeup Gucci Westman did for Buffalo '66. That’s one for the books—the blue eyeshadow and the peach glossy lip with Christina Ricci’s platinum hair...Without that, would screencaps from that film be plastered all over every cool girl’s Tumblr?
Or every single outfit from Clueless, 'nuff said. I like specifics, though, so I’d have to say my favorite hair would have to be from Almost Famous, Kate Hudson’s '70s angel curls. My favorite makeup would be all the insane over-the-top ones from both the Charlie’s Angels reboots: the hearts drawn on the cheeks, all the blush, paired with those early 2000s Chloé sunglasses. What a time.
And my favorite outfits? The Last Days of Disco. Because first of all, disco, and second of all, Chloë Sevigny. Just watch it.
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