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.
Next, Tilda walking into dinner in a dark red/plum colored dress.
Notice the Birkin, shown left casually on a table.
One more shot of her dress, and also her awesome chunky gold bracelet.
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.
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.
Next – a blurry series (sorry, she was constantly moving!) of Tilda in another nicely cut blue dress…
…accompanied by her Hermes black box Kelly. Our first shot of this bag.
Lounging in a sheer white linen long blazer. Yes I needed subtitles, alas I don’t speak Italian!
Now in a sleeveless red, slightly loose shift dress.
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).
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.
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.
Notice the very simple pearl pendant.
Not an outfit, but I know an item of interest – a quick shot of Tilda’s wedding set in the movie.
Ethereal in the same white cardigan worn earlier, this time over a filmy lavender dress.
Now in one of my favorite outfits from the whole movie! Blue shirt, orange pants, and a casual camel sweater slung around the shoulders.
The same Tahitian strand worn earlier – doesn’t Tilda make pearls look so fresh and modern?
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.
And one final parting look at her long wrap, and how she manages to make it look so elegant hanging off her shoulder.
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!