I Am Love: The Wardrobe

Today’s post is the third in my wardrobe recap series, highlighting a movie that I hadn’t seen until readers recommended it – the Italian film I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton.

It was a pleasure to watch this movie for the first time, all while trying to capture Tilda’s fantastic outfits throughout. I tried to get the best photos possible, and also have supplemented with official screenshots from the movie when applicable (those are of course super clear!). I’ve also included a few “similar” wardrobe suggestions that are currently available, throughout. I hope you enjoy!


One of the first shots we see of Tilda, at home and prepping for a dinner party in a camel polo collar sweater.

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Next, Tilda walking into dinner in a dark red/plum colored dress.

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Notice the Birkin, shown left casually on a table.

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One more shot of her dress, and also her awesome chunky gold bracelet.

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Note in promotional photographs, Tilda’s dress is shown as a much more vibrant purple. I included the photo so you can see the details better. Either way, you can find a nice version of Tilda’ dress, under $250, here.


Now, onto the next outfit (and the one you see in the movie poster). One of my favorite looks on Tilda – light colored sunglasses, a sharply cut coat and a long strand of what look like mixed Tahitian/South Sea pearls.

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I love the periwinkle coat – you can just tell by its cut and drape that its “expensive”.  A great alternative is this Burberry linen trench, or if you want to spend close to $5,000, this truly luscious Jil Sander coat.

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Next – a blurry series (sorry, she was constantly moving!) of Tilda in another nicely cut blue dress…

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…accompanied by her Hermes black box Kelly. Our first shot of this bag.

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Lounging in a sheer white linen long blazer. Yes I needed subtitles, alas I don’t speak Italian!

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Now in a sleeveless red, slightly loose shift dress.

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A close up, so you can see those earrings! Wow. I could have cropped out the subtitles but thought they were appropriate enough to leave in, wouldn’t you trust Tilda with your furnishings? You can find a similar pair of earrings at $100 (which I suspect is a tiny fraction of the price of Tilda’s).

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A shot of the back of this dress – and of the Kelly, of course. You can find a version of this red dress in several colors, via Classiques Entier.

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All right – onto the next outfit. Out and about during the day, with a very “Hitchcock heroine” hairstyle. Notice the bag? It’s the Massai style, from Hermes.

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Notice the very simple pearl pendant.

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Not an outfit, but I know an item of interest – a quick shot of Tilda’s wedding set in the movie.

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Ethereal in the same white cardigan worn earlier, this time over a filmy lavender dress.

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Now in one of my favorite outfits from the whole movie! Blue shirt, orange pants, and a casual camel sweater slung around the shoulders.

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The same Tahitian strand worn earlier – doesn’t Tilda make pearls look so fresh and modern?

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And Tilda’s final look – a sleeveless sheath dress, worn with a double strand of white pearls. For a similar silhouette and color, I’d recommend either this fantastic and beautifully cut Roland Mouret dress (with the accompanying spectacular price tag), or this J.Crew textured sheath at under $140.

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And one final parting look at her long wrap, and how she manages to make it look so elegant hanging off her shoulder.

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All right, and that about does it for I Am Love! Lessons gleaned from Tilda?

1. Don’t be afraid of color. Even if you’re a minimalist, minimalism doesn’t just mean a wardrobe of black, gray, and white. Tilda wears a whole array of beautiful colors throughout the movie, and they both suit her and look classic.

2. Choose a few signature accessories. Who else wanted a strand of Tahitian pearls after seeing this movie? I loved how Tilda made the long stand her “own” and really used it in some of my favorite looks throughout I Am Love.

3. Good posture makes everything look better. Enough said.

I hope you enjoyed the recap, and if you haven’t seen the movie (and enjoy foreign films without guaranteed happy endings), I can recommend it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on I Am Love, and any personal inspiration you found after watching the movie as well!


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  • Maria
    April 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post about this gorgeous movie. What a visual treat this morning. I haven’t seen it in a long time but now I must see it again. Her wardrobe, jewelry and accessories are perfection. Tilda is class – in addition to love. 😉 II remember seeing that toile/barenia Massai and thinking that I MUST have one. So minimalist Hermes chic! Gave up the search after a while thinking it must be, yet another, H unicorn.

    And, ah yes, her use of color…. orange, camel and blue….. who would’ve thought it would be so good together, no?

    • Katherine
      April 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I hope you find the toile Massai! It’s SO gorgeous on Tilda!

  • MaryKa
    April 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

    You know in Europe, when this movie was released, even articles were written on the photography and the whole setting of the movie and the exceptional matches of the colours, the colours that Swinton wore and the colours around her. I remember a scene with this orange skirt and flowers in a small garden where she walks, of the very same colour. Matching colours are all over the scenes, and either Tilda matches the surroundings or the surroundings follow Tilda.
    The whoe movie consists of italian luxury and italian chic.

    • Katherine
      April 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hi MaryKa, thank you for that interesting information! You are spot on that the whole movie is just the embodiment of “Italian Chic!”

  • Anna
    April 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Another great feature, Katherine. I really liked the classic silhouettes, and though I’m still partial to neutrals these stills are a great inspiration. I’m building a classical wardrobe myself, and I love to steal ideas here and there. Keep up the great posts!

    I thought that Shannen Doherty’s character Prue Halliwell from Charmed always had an immaculate style. Any way you’d be willing to branch out into TV?

    • Katherine
      April 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Anna, thanks so much!

      I never watched Charmed, I’m intrigued by your description of Prue Halliwell! I’ll be off to look at images later 🙂

  • diane
    April 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Those gray pearls were my favorite part of the entire wardrobe. (Marisa Berenson, who played the mother-in-law, was pretty chic also.)

    • Katherine
      April 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Oh yes, the mother in law was so, so chic! I love those gray pearls too, never thought I would add Tahitians to my list!

  • cynthia
    April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love these posts! I liked this movie a lot and especially Tilda. She’s so elegant. I really wish I could pull off her usual edgy, short haircut. But I’m Asian, with the usual Asian hair texture, and I fear I would end up looking like a boyish Q-tip.

  • Elna
    April 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

    What’s the next wardrobe recap? Blue Jasmine!

  • susan
    April 29, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Another fan of these film/fashion posts! I haven’t seen this one (and it’s now on my list) but interesting to see Tilda sporting such classic tailoring with far less of the quirky looks she is famous for on the red carpet. The orange pant combination is pure class – who would think to combine a long strand of Tahitian pearls with that look but it works seamlessly. Looking forward to Blue Jasmine!! Susan, London

  • Glenda
    April 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    When I first heard about this movie I read one of the articles MaryKa (above) referred to, and immediately knew I wanted to see it certainly because I believed it would be a good film, but I wanted to see it as much (…ok MORE) for what I believed would be the wardrobes and interiors–and I was not disappointed. Tilda’s character’s wardrobe knocked me out, and I had to see the film a second time so that the plot wouldn’t interfere with my absorbing what was going on in her wardrobe, HA!–I’m shameless!

    You’ve referred to Inside Man before, so I hope that’s on your list, too. Thanks again, Katherine, for these film-wardrobe recaps: so much fun!

  • Olga
    April 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I love this post. Tilda is sooo elegant in this movie.

  • Oonagh
    April 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I love Tilda but I prefer her own style, which is more avant garde. These clothes to me are very dull, very petit bourgeois.

  • Stacey
    May 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I loved this movie so much. But I pretty much love everything Tilda is in. Her home was beyond gorgeous, but, as the movie played out, she was miserable until she escaped her gilded cage. I agree with Oonagh that Tilda’s personal style is so much more interesting, but I love that she can really play such a wide range of character. She is pretty amazing in “Only Lovers Left Alive”.

  • a
    May 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I remember ogling over her diamond ring. Being a film set, I’m sure it was CZ because of insurance purposes, but a real socialite from a prominent industrialist family would have that sort of bling..

    Tilda is such a chameleon much like Cate Blanchett. I can’t wait to see her newest with Jim Jarmusch. I can’t believe this woman is in her 50s. She looks so good.

  • Pret A Porter P
    May 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    there was a stunning ring she wore @ beginning and ending dinner party too. and her posture was impeccable.

  • Chic Sicily
    May 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I absolutely adore this movie and have seen it many times….the styling in this movie is pure perfection and it would be really nice if the italien high society which the movie describes would have that subtle style also in the reality. Unfortunatelly you can see rather thacky outfits just showing of. Anyway thank you for featuring one of my fave movies and the amazing Tilda. The diamond jewells in the movie are from The italien brand Damiani which is also among my personal favourites. Have a lovely weekend.xo Jana from Italy

    • a
      May 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Oh wow, I had no idea the jewelry was Damiani. When I lived in Hong Kong, they had many Damiani boutiques. I checked their stuff a couple of times but being in HK which is jewelry paradise Damiani wasn’t impressive as some of their competitors.

      I can’t imagine the producers would allow too many expensive high ticket items to be the real deal but it’s Tilda’s character’s wardrobe is essential to defining her character and social class and thus an integral part of her story.

      Tilda is an incredible artist. I can hardly recognize her in any of her roles every time she hits the screens.

  • Glenda
    May 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Katherine,

    Ever since you did this post & said that you now have Tahitian/South-Seas pearls on your wish list, I’ve thought about the 1994 movie, “Dream Lover”. I never cared much for the title, seemed a bit B-movie-ish for such a good movie. It is a fantastic suspense-thriller that I’ve seen several times because of the wardrobe of Madchen Amick’s character. That gorgeous woman apparently had a fascination with every color and length of strands of Tahitian/South-Sea pearl-necklaces–because she wore very little else in jewelry–worn with a very elegant back-drop of stream-lined clothing, similar to some of the clothing-choices of Tilda Swinton’s character in “I Am Love”.

    This movie is not available for streaming or DVD on Netflix, just for sale on Amazon & ebay at some pretty heft prices. Whether or not you’d choose to review her wardrobe on your blog, I’m sure you would like, very much, seeing her wardrobe and pearls, as well as the interiors designed by her architect-husband in the movie.

    • Katherine
      May 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Glenda, thanks so much for sharing! I hope I can find or rent this somewhere, it sounds great and I love a good wardrobe as always.

      • Glenda
        May 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        You’re welcome!

  • Shahrul
    June 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I love watching I Am Love. Discovered the movie after watching Blue Jasmine earlier this year. Thanks mostly to Jil Sander, Ms Swinton looked immaculately chic and she owned every scene she’s in. I love the scene after the lunch the three ladies had together when Marisa Berenson and Tilda Swinton stood together in one scene as we get to see how both ladies are so in contrast of each other (in terms of dressing) yet both look smashing!

    • Katherine
      June 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Ah was most of it Jil Sander? Thanks for the ID!

      • Shahrul
        June 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm

        Raf Simons was commissioned for the movie while he was still at Jil Sander alongside Fendi which provided the suits for the men in the movie and the furs for Ms Berenson.

        The brands are mentioned at the starting of the film and the rest of the infos I googled up ;P

        Worth pointing out that it was after the movie that Ms Swinton frequented the red carpet wearing Jil Sander for about a year!