With the holidays on the horizon and the promise of some much-needed downtime headed your way, it’s time to catch up on some of the cinematic events you may have missed in 2016. While style doesn’t always equate to substance, there is something so cathartic and inspirational about winding down in front of a gorgeous film. Maybe the plot is vapid or the editing is choppy, but who cares when the main character is chewing the scenery in a lavishly embroidered Dolce & Gabbana gown? On this unique list, you’ll discover six achingly stylish movies released in 2016 that deliver big on the fashion front. We even made sure to include a few that had seriously heady plots for all of you hardcore cinema lovers out there.
Neon Demon is the much-anticipated new release by director Nicolas Winding Refn (of Drive fame), which fell painfully short of expectations by relying more on stunning visuals than a coherent narrative or relatable characters. Neon Demon stars the ethereal Elle Fanning as a young woman trying to break into the cruel world of Los Angeles fashion modeling. Seduced by the appearance of glamour, Fanning finds herself immersed in a world of mean girls, but their feigned cattiness belies their true nature. You’ll have to work hard to pull any substantive meaning out of this head-scratcher of a film. However, it does happen to have the (hands down) best visuals – including stunning fashion portraits and amazing interiors – of any film released in 2016, so at least it has that going for it!
Most people are likely to watch Allied just to see how real the chemistry between Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt is on screen (given the salacious rumors surrounding the co-stars’ off-screen romance). However, the truth is that this slick romantic thriller was created by Robert Zemeckis, a Hollywood legend responsible for such award-winning films as Forrest Gump and Castaway. Not only does Allied boast insane star power and a famed director, but Cotillard’s World War II-era wardrobe will also take your breath away.
Natalie Portman is already garnering Oscar buzz for her performance in Jackie, and we have no doubt that her skills live up to the hype – but have you seen how amazing she looks in those 1960s skirt suits and pillbox hats? True to form, Portman becomes the living embodiment of one of history’s most glamorous and stylish women while also lending true empathy to Jackie Onassis Kennedy’s story, which starts after the tragic death of her husband.
Sweetie, darling! Fans of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, the two self-involved, over-the-hill socialites of the BBC’s hit show Absolutely Fabulous, need no prompting to go see its film adaptation. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) find themselves on the run after an ill-fated incident involving Kate Moss at a fashion party and, naturally, hijinks ensue. The duo’s love for the more gaudy side of fashion means vintage Lacroix gets plenty of screen time. This movie is a delight for fashion and comedy lovers alike.
French-American film Miss Sloane shines light on a timely subject given the current debate over gun control in the United States. Jessica Chastain – in one of her most ferocious and intimidating roles to date – is the steely-jawed Sloane, a resourceful D.C. lobbyist who decides to take on the incredibly powerful Gun Lobby. We love her modern take on power-suiting, which creates a more streamlined, professional silhouette, but it’s Chastain’s riveting performance that really makes this movie memorable.
Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford’s much-anticipated follow-up to his critically successful film debut, A Single Man, promises to be the ultimate eye candy. Naturally, Ford’s background as one of the fashion industry’s most successful and lauded designers aids his cinematographic eye, which places strong emphasis on beautiful modern interiors and stylishly dressed stars. Aside from its mesmerizing visual appeal, Nocturnal Animals also happens to be a taut psychological thriller that portrays three interwoven narratives.