A Woman - Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola has always struck me as very cool. And I was so happy that she won the best director category in Cannes last year for The Beguiled - the second time ever a woman won this award. I knew I wanted to write about her, so I watched the movie a couple of days ago with a friend. Interesting was that my friend had just seen Wonder Woman and was very disappointed that the character was ditzy - not at all the strong amazonian, independent-thinking woman she had expected. Ironically Coppola's film, whose leading ladies couldn't be more proper and lived in a time (the Civil War) and place (the Deep South) less open for female power, is actually much more feminist. These women blow you away! Of course the cast is incredible (including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning - however the little girls are big scene stealers here), but the way these characters carry themselves and make daring choices in their pastel, corsetted, rushed long dresses is impressive, empowering and unexpected. It's so much fun to watch - and the whole movie is gorgeous. I read a bunch of interviews with Sofia, and she said that she always creates a moodbook before every film - I'd love to see them! I put some links at the end of the article with the best articles I've read.

 
I never studied directing and I never really thought about doing it, and then I just found myself in that situation and tried it. I like to be observing everything else, and I get self-conscious in front of the camera.
— Sofia Coppola

However, at this point I have to reference back to my favorite film of hers, Lost in Translation. In case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer. In case you have, it's always a pleasure to revisit. The second clip is of my favorite scene (probably everyones):

This is the trailer...

... and this my favorite scene.

Moving on to Sofia's style. It's really classic/casual - with a touch of femininity every once in a while, but mostly those outfits are worn on events. In general I think the tomboy look is so great on her. If you like her style stock up on:

  • classic white button downs
  • oversized sweaters
  • straight cut jeans
  • sneakers and flat ankle boots
  • stay within the neutral color palette: white, light blue, camel, navy, black
  • stick to stripes for patterns (the only time I've seen her in more elaborate patterns is in vintage inspired dresses she sometimes wears to events)
  • for evening go for soft, feminine lines that are not too revealing. A classic pump or strappy sandal completes the outfit.
  • Minimal to no jewelry ever
 
 

I love these editorial interpretations of her style:

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And here some of my favorite looks:

 

Comfortable, classic, simple, chic - love the shoes on the left outfit.

Both coats make the look - and will never go out of style.

 

I love these dresses - very feminine, but not at all frilly. The sequins on the right are just enough of an extra to make the dress really interesting.

 
 

 
 
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And kind of saving the best for last - look at these amazing throwbacks

Quite a different vibe - the long hair changes everything!