With Oscar season winding down, it’s become apparent to me that a very important award is missing—one for style! There were obviously many amazing movies in 2011, and though there is an award for Outstanding Costume Design, style goes above and beyond this part of the filmmaking process. Here are my picks for the most stylish films of 2011. They all have great fashion choices, but a little something more on top of that.
– This movie was nominated for a few awards, but nothing for its costume choices. This is understandable, because the wardrobe of its actresses wasn’t anything that took days to design or choose. However, the garments they did choose were impeccable. Kristen Wiig’s Annie wore numerous ensembles that were obviously affordable, but unbelievably chic. Just like her character, these clothes were much more complex than they let on. Don’t even get me started on Rose Byrne’s garb, which was simply stunning. These fashions only added to the overall perfection of the film, and for that, it’s one of my favorites.
My Week With Marilyn –
Hardly in need of explanation, I’ll give my quick two cents. Not many movies succeed in r-creating such a nostalgic time period, re-thinking such an iconic celebrity, and reinventing a genre like the biopic. Every single wardrobe in this film was delicately chosen, but the final product is seamless. Michelle Williams is fabulous, as is this film.
The Help –
This film had an easier job than the previous film due to the fact that it didn’t contain the portrayal of a celebrity like Marilyn Monroe, and could therefore create a universe from scratch. However, it took this task to the next level. It took the oft-repeated backwaters meme of the deep south and turned it on its head. Every shot, every landscape, every outfit, every house is stunning, even the darkest aspects of this film. Telling such a tense story with such beauty and subtle optimism is a hard task, and this film accomplished this task with aplomb.
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