Never Let Me Go...
The film Never Let Me Go premiered this week, amid much buzz and a blaze of press coverage. That’s understandable, based on the simultaneously jarring and touching Kazuo Ishiguro 2005 novel of the same name, the film adaptation stars Keira Knightley, girl of the moment Carey Mulligan, and the soon to be huge Andrew Garfield (currently starring in The Social Network and recently announced as the new Spiderman’).
The acting performances are reported to be stellar, and the film makes a decent attempt at evoking the haunting melancholy of the book (don’t think it would be a spoiler to say that this is no light-hearted romp), but one thing the critics don’t mention is that it’s also a rather beautiful sartorial reference for this season.
The story is set in a sci-fi alternate reality, although looking at the stills you’d struggle to believe it, but this world is more of a provincial, fantasy England, with a nostalgic appearance more reminiscent of the Second World War.
The characters are dressed accordingly, everything has that casual, vintage look so prevelant on the Autumn/Winter 2010 catwalks. Everything is low-key, stylish without being obviously put-together, and generally looks a bit like a half-way point between the runway and the farm.
D&G and Prada
Jumpers at the likes of D&G, Marni and Prada were chunky and over-sized, and paired with equally modest jackets, all in muted, inoffensive shades of camel, grey, red and brown.
Knitwear is where the female leads of Never Let Me Go excel. Knightley and Mulligan spend a lot of time clad in moss green cardigans with beautiful buttons, over-sized alpine knits, and textured sweaters that look tactile but down-beat. As a trend, it’s easy to emulate, simply invest in a retro-style jumper or cardigan, work some bed-hair, and wear with loafers and an a-line skirt. It’s that rare thing, a look that’s comfy and chic.