Fashion Week

Clothes on film: The Royal Tenenbaums

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As this week's issue is dedicated to film and fashion, we've explored the genre further and looked at how the iconic looks on screen were created. Here, Chris Laverty who writes the fashion and film blog, Clothes on Film talks about the iconic look of Margot Tenenbaum.

"In a blue and white striped Lacoste dress, toffee coloured Fendi mink fur coat, dark brown loafers and brown leather Hermes Birkin bag, Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum is the epitome of boho couture. Basically this is what happens when rich people do vintage.

She does look fantastic though, just the right level of aloof and come-hither sensuality that can only be achieved by the very beautiful. Margot is a creation; she has worn the same ensemble since she was 12 years old. Sure Margot would like you to think she doesn’t care less, but every piece of her outfit, right down to the racoon eye make-up and drooping cigarette, is carefully thought out.

Costume designer Karen Patch infuses a sixties and seventies vibe throughout The Royal Tenenbaums, with the whole dysfunctional family still living in their genius heyday. Adopted daughter Margot’s outfit is a variation on the retro sportswear all the Tenenbaum siblings wear, providing a subtle connection to her brother and secret love, former tennis ace Ritchie (Luke Wilson). Margot is based, superficially at least, on sixties model and singer/songwriter Nico. Although they do possess the same wide-eyed melancholy, that Fendi fur coat and childish tennis dress is all Margot.

When Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in The Royal Tenenbaums it was a revelatory moment. Until this point she had been about as alternative as Marks and Spencer. Gwyneth was now reborn as a fashion icon, while her character’s influence continued to live on through the seasons. Without Margot there would be no long cardigan, leggings and flats. She made dressing down the new dressing up."

To see more, head to clothesonfilm.com

Read Chris' take on Jordan Baker's flapper outfit in this year's The Great Gatsby here.