Holy City Style

June 20, 2008

Hollywood… in Charleston

Filed under: fashion,how to — ryli @ 9:28 pm
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Have you ever watched a movie and fallen completely and utterly in love… with the costumes? Well, if you’re like me, you definitely have. Every time I see a movie with absolutely beatific clothes, I walk away from the theatre with a crush (on the clothes). Some of my favorite movie fashions have come from flicks of the past few years. There’s no reason why Holy City-ites can’t do their part to recreate these classic fashions and make our little corner of the world a bit more Hollywood.

Lust, Caution

This is my new favorite movie. It centers around a group of Chinese drama students in Hong Kong and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of the late 30s and early 40s who decide to take the resistance into their own hands by plotting to kill a corrupt government official. It is an erotic (seriously) espionage story, love story, whathaveyou. The character of Wong Chia Chi wears the most amazing clothes. She mixes classical Asian pieces with the hottest Western fashions of the time period.

Modern adaptations of the classic fashion pieces can be found easily. By putting a modern twist on these fabulous looks, you can avoid looking like an out of place joke (because, unfortunately, in Charleston, not everyone can rock the Dita von Teese look) and stick with looking like that insanely hip fashionista that you are.

I would love to see this look on the streets on Charleston, though you’d probably have to hold out on the trench until fall. It’s a completely modern twist on several classic elements.


This is certainly a fab movie, though the book is far, far, far better. For those who aren’t familiar with the plot, the story centers around a child’s lie and its consequences. Keira Knightley’s character, Cecilia, dons some of the most amazing fashions in this Academy Award nominated film. Who can forget the infamous green gown that had tongues wagging from all over the fashion world?

Although the gown certainly is amazing, donning such extravagant attire is not common practice in our notoriously laid back town. Another one of Cecilia’s looks could be easily replicated and fit in fabulously in the Holy City.

Any Holy City lady would look stellar if she utilizes pale, neutral tones in this regard. However, on a side note, no one should try to copy the depicted haircut. WIth Charleston’s horrid humidity, well, that’d be a fashion death sentence.

Marie Antoinette

This Sofia Coppola flick centers on the famed title-character we all grew up learning about in history classes (let them eat cake, anyone?). It is one of the most beautiful films in recent history (in my opinion), utilizing 18th century French fashions. Of course, Marie Antoinette was extremely extravagant, with foot-high hair-dos and robust gowns.

To adapt this look to modern times, one must simply grab a feathered headband, a fabulous LBD, a great pair of black pumps and a fab clutch.

Clearly, adapting Hollywood style to the Charleston streets is a relatively easy task. Every fashionista should try her hand at it.




  1. Love this!

    ps, you have gotten me completely ADDICTED to polyvore. i work at BEBE, and i have found myself adapting bebe style to my take on columbia’s style.

    Comment by ashley — June 20, 2008 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

  2. […] Holy City Style has some tips for translating Hollywood style to fashion that fits the streets of Chucktown. […]

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  3. Polyvore is the death of my productivity.

    Comment by carolime — June 21, 2008 @ 3:25 am | Reply

  4. Brilliant post! Clever job on the outfits, I love them all!

    Comment by Melanie — June 21, 2008 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  5. I love the post and the site redesign is awesome! Keep up the fabulous blogging!

    Comment by Angela Hanyak — June 24, 2008 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

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