Elegant, romantic and ultimately feminine clothes are in the spotlight right now, as the new $95 million budget Disney live action movie “Cinderella” enchants viewers and captures their imagination.
The fairy-tale style is one of the main trends for Spring/Summer 2015, and has been seen on the catwalks of Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Valentino, Christian Dior and Miu Miu.
The film opened in the U.S. on March 13, and took $67.8 million in the box office on its first weekend. It is now playing at the theater in Camana Bay, and is due to open this Friday in the U.K. The premiere was on March 19 in Leicester Square, London.
Disney’s 1950 animated version of the film was released 65 years ago, and the new film, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, lends reality and relevance to this classic tale. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”, “The Golden Compass”), and it stars Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Richard Madden (Robb Stark in “Game of Thrones”) as Prince Charming and Lily James (Lady Rose MacClare in “Downton Abbey”) as the courageous and kind Cinderella.
James, 25, from Esher, Surrey, has been gracing various premiere carpets to promote the film in her signature elegant style, with the help of stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray. Together they have transformed James’s natural tomboy style into one of a thoroughly modern princess. She has become the fashion world’s new style crush, with her clever choices of designers which subtly translate Cinderella-style to that of a modern starlet and wearing imaginative accessories to add magic to her look.
For the premiere at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, she wore a strapless Dior gown in palest ballerina rose-pink fine silk taffeta with Swarovski crystal-studded Jimmy Choo courts. In Moscow on Feb. 16, James wore a Nicholas Oakwell Couture white and silver beaded strapless dress and fine strappy sandals by Jimmy Choo. On Feb. 18 in Milan, she chose a floral- and leaf-embroidered dress by Erdem, and later a halter-neck orange dress by Gucci.
For the world premiere of the movie, at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on March 1, she donned a stunning aquamarine beaded Elie Saab Haute Couture dress and Christian Louboutin shoes with Swarovski crystals and appliquéd butterflies. She also carried “Timepiece” by Charlotte Olympia – a Perspex crystal bag with a clock face. James’s makeup complemented the look with silver eyeshadow, flicked black eyeliner and pale pink lips. A Prada ice-blue multilayered chiffon gown with stone and crystal embroidery and Anya Hindmarch clutch was the choice on March 5 in Mexico City, and on the next day a Mary Katrantzou printed slip dress and bright violet sandals by Alexandre Birman.
Windows at Saks
For the unveiling of the Cinderella-themed windows at Saks Fifth Avenue on March 9, James wore Dior again, in a dress with bell-shaped black and white flower-sprigged jacquard silk skirt. Her skinny strap sandals with black satin rose were by Roger Vivier.
On March 11, at the Toronto premiere, she wore another perfectly elegant dress by Dior, this time in off-white silk and wool and finished with rows of covered buttons. She wore red leaf pumps by Aquazzura, and her embroidered Olympia le Tan clutch looked exactly like a Cinderella book.
Last Thursday for the London premiere, she appeared on the Disney blue carpet with a confident, streamlined and elegant custom-made gown by Alexander Wang at Balenciaga based on his Pre-Fall Collection 2015. The minimalist and architecturally structured column strapless wrap dress created a modern silhouette in shimmering dove-silver with large matt gold buttons and a thigh-high split. James wore Stuart Weitzman silver nudist sandals. Her blonde hair was worn dead straight to complement the clean lines of the gown, and her makeup was sculpted and defined with flicked eyeliner, structured brows and deep raspberry pink lips.
Channeling Brigitte Bardot
On Friday, March 20, James chaneled Brigitte Bardot in Altuzarra’s “Volpone” gingham top and “Isabella” skirt from the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection while attending the Cinderella Exhibition launch at Leicester Square.
James as model
March 9 saw the unveiling of the six windows at Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship store, the designer shoe collection at 10022-SHOE, Saks designer shoe salon, and the Spring 2015 Magalog, which features James on the cover. Photographed by Nick Dorey, and styled by Jack Borkett, James wears Giamba (Giambatista Valli) on the cover, and Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, and Alberta Ferretti, with diamond jewelry by Graff for the story inside.
In a short film on vogue.com, James talks through various shoes, from the Louboutins she wore to the Hollywood premiere, the Charlotte Olympia “If the Shoe Fits,” and Prada silver satin with rhinestones to the very delicate lace-up gold sandals by Aquazzura.
The New York Post features James photographed by Gemma Booth in vintage-style interior. Stylist Emma Pritchard chose designers Christopher Kane, Fendi, Sibling, Vionnet and Julien Macdonald, with shoes by Jimmy Choo and Stuart Weitzman.
Inspiration for fairy tale fashion
High-end brands including Swarovski, Icon Live, Lamb 1887, Olympia Le-Tan, Repetto, and Essence have launched jewelry, clutch bags, ballet shoes and makeup ranges inspired by the movie.
The Swarovski collection includes rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings reflecting Cinderella’s love of nature, with butterflies and flowers in beautiful colors available from March 23. Lamb 1887’s pale blue Cinderella Clutch has “when the clock strikes midnight” written in golden letters inside.
Charlotte Olympia has designed a capsule collection, which celebrates the film’s release, and which is available online and in their shops in Mayfair, Manhattan, Beverly Hills, Miami, Hong Kong and Dubai. The collection consists of “If the Shoe Fits” – transparent PVC and Perspex crystal-studded shoes with raspberry satin insoles; “Happily Ever After” – buckled courts covered in Swarovski crystals; “Pumpkin Pouch” – a crystal-studded orange suede clutch; and “Time Piece” – a transparent plexi box bag with Swarovski crystals and a golden shoe clasp. The pearlized clock face is safely frozen at a few minutes before midnight.
Harrods in London unveiled Cinderella window displays of six scenes from the Cinderella film at the same time as Saks in New York showed original costumes designed by Academy Award winner Sandy Powell. The iconic glass slipper protected by a palace guard wearing an original costume from the film, was created by Swarovski, who also provided more than 1.7 million crystals for the costumes.
Nine shoe designers, including Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia, Salvatore Ferragamo and Stuart Weitzman have created magical shoes inspired by the glass slipper.
“Cinderella’s glass slipper has become a magical symbol of transformation,” said Jonathan Symington, vice president and general manager, Licensing, Disney Entertainment at Disney Consumer Products in a press release. “Each pair of shoes in this exciting global collection captures Cinderella’s elegance and grace through the lens of celebrated designers, making this shoe collection truly fit for a princess.”
y René Caovilla, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, and Paul Andrew, and from bottom left, Charlotte Olympia, Alexandre Birman, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jerome C. Rousseau and Stuart Weitzman.