Tourist season

The Tourist
Costumes: Colleen Atwood
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp

A movie on New Year’s Day (sans hangover, remarkably) is always a delight. And when the movie is as stylish as The Tourist, it’s even easier to get lost in. It can’t be hard to make Angelina Jolie look good, but two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) raises the bar in the style stakes, inbuing the whole film with an old-Hollywood sheen deliberately reminiscent of Hitchcockian delights such as Rear Window, VertigoTo Catch A Thief and North by Northwest. As Atwood told People magazine: “My inspiration for [Jolie’s character] Elise’s costumes were the Hitchcock movies: minimal elegance.”

While most of Jolie’s costumes were custom-made for the actress, the grey wool sheath, left, is an original 1950s Charles James creation. Jolie’s opening ensemble (see top) was created as something of an homage to 1940s & ’50s MGM costume designer Irene Lentz. Again in People, Atwood said: “That look was inspired by a dress designed by Irene, who is a legendary costume designer. I took the basic idea and added some flair to contemporise it. I’ve always loved a glove, and was filming in the land of fine gloves, so I used a fine suede glove to finish the look.”

Jolie inadvertently sorted the shoes for the film when she wore a pair of her own custom-made Salvatore Ferragamo metal-heel stilettos to a fitting with Atwood, who loved them. Ferragamo created 30 pairs in different colours and fabrics and in three different heel heights—the highest for appearing alone onscreen, a medium height for appearing alongside others, or a lower rise for navigating the cobblestones of Paris and Venice. (Nice product placement with the shopping bag, too.)

British jewellers Asprey, and its former CEO Robert Procop, provided the dazzling jewels adorning Jolie—Procop created the showstopping diamond choker at the end of the film from a vintage tiara. Could there be a better way to start the year than in the lap of a little celluloid luxury?

Happy New Year!

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