Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the director of Whiplash. The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and is a romantic musical comedy-drama film. It tells the story of Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz musician who dreams of opening his own club. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress who serves coffee between auditions, waiting for her big break. Regarding La La Land fashion, costume designer Mary Zophres is the one who did the very impressive work for the movie.
Far from being just another romantic comedy, the movie then explores the difficulty of making decisions while being in a relationship where both parties have big dreams to follow. We face the question of losing your purpose while following your dream. Or losing each other, which is a central theme of the movie. Set in Los Angeles, La La Land has received critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the best films of 2016.
Some La La Land Fashion elements
Inspired by big screen musical references from the 60s, such as The Young Girls of Rochefort or The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the movie pays homage to Technicolor and the Golden Age of Hollywood. The colours also reflect the various emotions of Mia and Sebastian’s romance. In a modern day Los Angeles, both Stone’s and Gosling’s wardrobe look like they are 1960s-inspired and vintage.
In the movie, we can see Emma Stone evolving between girly and romantic deep-coloured dresses. But she also wears more of a menswear-inspired look with a pinstripe blazer and a classy satin blouse. Interestingly, her now famous yellow dress was actually inspired by a dress she wore on the red carpet for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Ryan Gosling being a traditionalist jazz musician, he also appears in many retro ensembles. The actor gives a whole new charm to old-fashioned outfits. Mixing and matching suits, Ryan Gosling shows a stylish medley of colour and texture. Varying between navy suits, coloured ties, camp-collar shirts and even two-tone brogues, the movie equally honours men’s fashion.
Be Like Ryan Gosling
One of the famous brands worn by Ryan Gosling in the movie is one of our personal favourites: Persol. In particular the PO3105S sunglasses. Featuring an oval shaped frame and Havana Celebration Vintage frame. These Persol Cellor Series are the perfect combination between retro and elegance. If you are going for a Ryan Gosling look and not Sebastian, look at the 2994S variant. If the actor happens to wear Persol sunglasses often in movies, chances are they are also his favourite brand. Of which he also has a favourite pair, in real life. Slimmer and more low key than the Steve McQueen 714’s, that particular model, the 2994S, will definitely give you that Ryan Gosling look.
If, on the other hand, you want to look like Emma Stone, have a look at the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer. As she said during many interviews, they are her go-to shades.
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