26 May 2011

The Magician










I lament the day I ever think I am too old to watch an animated film.  Lately I have been revisiting the Studio Ghibli collection and allowing myself to be whisked away to weird and wonderful dreamlands.  A personal favourite of those dreamlands is the beautiful, if tormented, Neo-Victorian setting for Miyazaki's interpretation of Howl's Moving Castle.  I shall always have a soft spot for the Neo-Victorian, even though in most iterations it can unfortunately smack of costume rather than fashion (namely steampunk).  Indeed many of the costumes seen within the film would be rather difficult to really apply to the everyday.  Even so, if one were so inclined, sourcing the majority of the Victorian fashions employed would be quite the hard task.

I have always been rather taken by Howl's outfits within the film.  He has a very simple albeit well-accessorized uniform, the silhouette and ease of which really interests me.  Flying around in a baggy blouse, high waisted black drainpipes, Cuban heel boots and oversize magician's coat, only ever worn as a cape, it is quite a striking combination.  Add to this his rather opulent jewellery, with the blue stoned ring he wears on his index finger, the emerald drop earring, and the various necklaces he wears throughout the film, and there is a deceptively simple outfit.  The jewellery may sound like overkill, but then, for all of its overtly feminine charm, it works.  I suppose it is androgyny at its most romantic.

Then again, you can get away with just about anything in a cartoon world, so you would probably have to tone it down for everyday...


- Viscose shirt by Ann Demeulemeester
- Stretch jersey trousers by Lanvin
- Cuban heel boots by Yves Saint Laurent
- Sapphire, gold and iron ring by Marco Baroni




For those not wishing to tread the line so closely, there is always Markl - floppy bow tie, white shirt, green waistcoat, knickerbockers, maroon stockings and brown monkstrap shoes.  Heck, I wish I dressed that well as a child.


xxxx

17 comments:

  1. Have you seen The Illusionist (the animation). It's gorgeous,

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  2. Speaking of rings, love that Marco Baroni!

    Hope you are doing well, DK!

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    CC

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  3. that outfit you put together is romanticism at its most fantastic. and what an ingenious idea, taking fashion inspiration from cartoons!

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  4. I love Howl's Moving Castle. Definitely a favorite of mine. I'm a rather big Miyazaki fan.
    Oh, and one's never too old to watch animated films :)

    Hope you decide to join the swap!

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  5. How interesting! I love the glitch mob, too. Really, am glad you posted about this.

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  6. Very cool post! indeed. This made me smile.

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  7. Oh! You have so many wonderful posts but I have to say that this is definitely one of my favourites! I adore Howls Moving Castle and have watched it so many times, it's definitely one of my favourites from Studio Ghibli. The outfit you put together is just perfect. It's like Howl has come to life!

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  8. you really can't go wrong with a floppy bow tie. and even though golf is slow, it's not too bad if you try it! i just love being outside for that long, especially when the weather's nice. +sunscreen

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  10. I love the YSL Cuban heels and that ring is great as well. I dig the idea od finding style inspiration from somewhere as unexpected as animated film.

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  11. I have to say that anime magicians (Howl being the king of them) have always been a style inspiration. I actually love Neo-Victorian clothing too and know exactly what you mean about steam punk being costume-y. I see that more as a challenge then anything else though, make that ridiculously costume-y garment and bring it into reality.

    On the other hand probably the largest reason for steampunk feeling like a costume is the people that wear it, I assure you if we somehow came across this stuff we'd wear it in a much more interesting way.

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  12. This was a fun post :)

    The costumes in Anime/Manga/J Video Games are so rich and gorgeous. How amazing would it be to dress like Lulu from FFX? Except... I don't think my boobs are that big.

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  13. This is one of my all time favourite movies (and books)! Such a neat way to translate his outfit into the everyday... and I totally have a crush on Howl... is that weird?

    ~Faith

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  14. Markl reminded me of Matt Smith (as The Doctor). What can I say, bowties are cool!

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