While Hollywoods celebs display the latest runway looks on the red carpet, fashion is often inspired by the characters that actors play on the silver screen, and 2012 was no exception. Several movies that made their debut in late 2012 featured exquisite period costumes- every piece of lace and every sparkly gem the work of a dedicated costume department. Three looks in particular caught our eye (and our imagination, not surprisingly, as all three inspiring movies were based on dramatic, classic books!)
Keira Knightley, who plays the title role in Anna Karenina, personifies the aristocracy of 19th Century Russia with her coiffed curls and fussy, ruffled fabrics. Yet those ropes of pearls against her bare skin suggest the passion simmering beneath society- in her look we see both the confines of her social status and the love that will be her undoing.
To capture this rich, romantic look, try these luxurious dangling diamond earrings.
If Keira smolders as Anna Karenina, then Amanda Seyfried simply glows as Cosette, the ingenue in the bloom of first love in Les Miserables’ 19th Century France. In every scene, Cosette’s clothes and accessories reflect not only the finery of the period, but also her angelic presence and trusting innocence. Here, on her wedding day to Marius, Cosette’s wreath of flowers and golden white gown are modestly complimented with simple drop earrings.
If you want a look that is radiantly demure, these lovely pearl drop earrings would do nicely.
Although our third inspiring heroine comes from the realm of fantasy rather than historical fiction, Cate Blanchette’s ethereal beauty as Galadriel in The Hobbit need not be lost forever in the mists of Middle Earth. Peter Jackson, adapting Tolkein’s The Hobbit for a three-part big-screen saga, draws from familiar cultural sources to create the visually stunning world of the high elves. Galadriel stands out not simply because she is the only female character in this first Hobbit movie, but because her otherworldliness is expressed so elegantly, her crown and dress a blend of celtic and art nouveau influences.
Pointy ears may not be your cup of tea, but you can immortalize the fantasy of this beautiful realm with this graceful celtic-designed wedding ring.
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