Saturday, December 7, 2013

Love Fest: Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!

When a lady finds herself newly in love, diamonds are a girl's best friend...
as are long gloves, red dresses and glamour.

Let's face it: writer/director Baz Luhrmann generally just falls short of spectacular (the exception being this film). The Great Gatsby (2013) was alright, but who was that mainly thanks to? Leonardo DiCaprio and Catherine Martin. Though Leo provided a lot of the beautiful visuals in the film, Catherine Martin was the main person in charge of creating the stunning aesthetics for the film. Why? Because she was the costume designer. 

Just like she was more than a decade earlier for Moulin Rouge! (2001).

As with Carey Mulligan, Martin took a beautiful actress (Nicole Kidman) portraying a damaged woman in love and gave her an iconic look. 

Although completely different to Daisy Buchanan's character, Satine's look is just as powerful and perhaps even more inspiring. Sure, she's a courtesan (isn't that just a fancy word for a prostitute?), but she's mainly a performer (kind of like a really fancy stripper). But hookers can be quite stylish sometimes

Leaving aside the prostitute/stripper aspect, Satine's wardrobe is impeccable. Her headpieces alone beat Daisy's. Not to mention that she is in Paris at the end of the nineteenth-century, performing at a cabaret.

What we can all learn from Satine is that when you fall in love, you should definitely show it; embrace the sparkle and sensuality that you feel and bring it out through style. 

In short, love equals sequins and luxurious dresses.

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