While The Wolf of Wall Street has been occupying much of our pre-Oscars attention, we’ve failed to notice a lesser known film with an even finer wardrobe. Currently in the running for Best Foreign Language Film, The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino is a social satire about an aging socialite who wears some fantastic clothes – in particular, an exquisite white two piece and some bright red, yellow and pale blue sports coats. More than any other film I’ve seen, The Great Beauty conveys the notion of the "beautiful life" through the beauty of a fine wardrobe. As well as giving you a feeling for its wonderful cinematography, the pictures above should teach you a few things about the use of colour: notice in particular how the film’s costumers offset the sports coats’ rich colours with some white trousers. Also, notice the contrast between the red and white pocket squares and their respective coats. If you take anything away from these images besides the desire to see the movie, make it the power of contrast. It can do wonders to your look.
Toni Servillo and he’s one of those mysterious European actors you’ve probably never heard of but who’s had a legendary career in their home country (a bit like Emanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant who starred in last year’s winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar – Amour by Michael Haneke). So while most of the world is going mad for The Wolf of Wall Street and its 80s-inspired costumes, I think I’ll settle into The Great Beauty. The film itself is about spiritual emptiness, but sartorially speaking it’s breathtaking.