Writing is my thing, but when I'm not writing, classic films are my obsession. I especially have a soft spot in my heart for classic foreign films, and if you're at all familiar with the genre, then famous Italian director Frederico Fellini is probably one of the first notable names that comes to mind. Fellini had myriad success with a string of films in the 50s and 60s that included what was arguably his cinematic masterpiece: La Dolce Vita. If you haven't viewed it yet, I highly recommend it, but patience is key since the movie is 3 hours long and Fellini's direction and story-telling can seem confusing and scattered at first watch.
For a quick synopsis: "[Playboy] journalist (aka paparazzi) and man-about-town Marcello (played by Italian star Marcello Mastroianni) struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer." - from IMDB. It's a compelling look at the decadence of excess and sex in a city where some cling to values built on devout Catholic faith while others cling to booze and promiscuity.
Anyway, I've decided to run a string of posts with frugal fashion finds imitating chic fashion seen in film, and my first film pick is one of the classics, La Dolce Vita. For pricing, just click on my outfit creations:
Anita Ekberg (above) as Sylvia, a Hollywood actress visiting in Rome and the object of Marcello's desires. This picture was taken from the famous scene when she wades through the Trevi fountain in the middle of the night.
Sylvia - by BrunetteOnABudget on Polyvore.com
My modern spin on Sylvia's classic ensemble. The dress on the left is Urban Outfitters; the one on the right is Forever 21. Both very affordable. Click on the pictures to check out pricing info.
Turkish/French actress Magali Noel as "Fanny" (above).
Fanny - by BrunetteOnABudget on Polyvore.com
H&M dress (above) with red Target pumps and Angie + Lola Target clutch.
French actress Anouk Aimee (above, middle) as Maddalena, with Marcello at her side.
Maddalena - by BrunetteOnABudget on Polyvore.com