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Do the Hustle!

As cinephiles, my husband and I  run to the movies yearly, during award season, to try to see all the nominees. This year we’ve scoped Her, Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and Gravity! We’re desperately trying to find empty hours in the day to view the others before the red carpet on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Of the aforementioned movies, no screenplay, set design or costume design felt as complete at American Hustle. A heavy nod to Michael Wilkinson , costume designer and period piece extraordinaire! Thanks to him, no one was screaming, “Disco Sucks!” because we all wanted to wear glam-rock leotards, wire-rimmed glasses, three piece suits, wrap dresses, polyester trousers, rayon tube tops, knit vests, hot pants, tinted aviators and ultra wide lapels.

Inspired by Costume Design and Set Design of American Hustle featuring Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams!

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Amy Adams’ completely embodied a seventies vixen in her plunging sequined Halston halter dresses to her Diane von Furstenberg wraps. Even the slightly pudgy Christian Bale was still dressed to the nines, and highly dateable, in his exaggerated mixed print leisure suits, ruffled shirts and burgundy velour blazers.

Not to be outdone, Judy Becker, the Production and Set Designer, created stellar work. “Everybody thinks of the ‘70s in New York as very dirty and graffiti-ridden, but I knew that our movie wasn’t that ‘70s,” said Becker. Including metallic wallpaper, a nod to brutalism and a gratuitous use of yellow, explore her world on set here.

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American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. An allegory for the extreme of capitalism, and the loneliness of wealth, the movie is a deeply disturbing looking into the psyche of a stylish, albeit unhinged overachiever. The movie is based on the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” conducted in 1971.

The apartment played just as prominent a role in the movie as Christian Bale. Production Design was by Gideon Ponte with Set Decoration by Jeanne Develle. The dwelling is crisp, stark and spartan. Its only colors are black and white with shadowed hues coming in through the blinds. Nothing appears comfortable. Everything is modular and  just so – not a hair or speck out of place. Uber contemporary, light filled apartments tend to be a bit too OCD and clinical for my liking.

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You can’t deny that Mr. Bateman’s got style (or purchased it). Those Barcelona Chairs, that print by Robert Longo (Untitled, charcoal, graphite, and ink on paper; 1981)!

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“I live in the American Gardens Building on W. 81st Street on the 11th floor. My name is Patrick Bateman. I’m 27 years old.” – Patrick Bateman

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The Big Chill

No movie captures the angst of friendships gone by, the joys of inside jokes, and the idea of nostalgia better than The Big Chill (1983).  It is, hands down, the coming-of-age “reality” film for the baby boomer generation. Myself, daughter of a boomer, has inherited a cult-like love for this witty story with a psychotically talented ensemble cast. Centered around seven former college friends gathered for a funerary weekend (wherein Kevin Costner is the corpse, albeit briefly), the gang catches up with each other, plays the music of their youth (lots of Motown hits), reminisces, smokes marijuana and wears Nikes.

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The soundtrack is irresistible, the script is smart (read: pithy), the conversations are authentic, the premise is stellar, and the fashions of the baby-boomer generation are straight-up disastrous bordering on unflattering. Seriously, how did people even procreate or have sex in the eighties? Who found one another attractive?

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

In March of 2013, the  Beaufort, South Carolina antebellum plantation known as “Tidalholm Mansion” (where the iconic film was produced) was listed for sale at a hefty $4.5.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

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Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Boy, they sure did love their dusty pink leather and blush hued upholstery. 

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Meg Jones: [about men] They’re either married or gay. And if they’re not gay, they’ve just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world, or they’ve just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. They’re in transition from a monogamous relationship and they need more space. Or they’re tired of space, but they just can’t commit. Or they want to commit, but they’re afraid to get close. They want to get close, you don’t want to get near them.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Let’s reinterpret this house, keeping its southern charm, familiarity and comfort. It’s a place where coastal living meets shabby chic. I will even keep the floral patterns in the drapes.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

 

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