Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style -

It was my friend Syuke who men­tioned to me about the con­sis­tent use of the colour green in the 1998 movie Great Ex­pec­ta­tions—a mod­ern twist to the clas­sic Charles Dick­ens novel. As a mu­sic buff, I waxed lyrical about its sound­track that runs the gamut from Tori Amos, Chris Cor­nell, and Iggy Pop to heavy­weight bands such as Pulp, The Verve Pipe, and Grate­ful Dead, never notic­ing this par­tic­u­lar trivia. Hav­ing said that, the fact that it was in­deed a heav­ily stylised film never missed me. To this day, Gwyneth Pal­trow’s por­trayal of the icy Estella still has me dream­ing, and I am al­most al­ways seen dressed in my RM5 “bun­dle” grey T-shirt, blue jeans, and boots à la Ethan Hawke’s Finn Bell. Al­though it was highly pub­li­cised that Donna Karan out­fit­ted this film, Ju­di­anna Makovsky, its mas­ter­ful wardrobe de­signer, ac­tu­ally only ob­tained a few en­sem­bles from Karan as a favour due to her low cos­tume bud­get. Nev­er­the­less, Karan’s im­pact on the film’s wardrobe is ap­par­ent. With her se­duc­tively draped gowns and ’90s min­i­mal­ism, Pal­trow is a vi­sion of youth and beauty in a cool cos­mopoli­tan New York set­ting.

In ev­ery scene, al­most ev­ery char­ac­ter at some point is dressed in green, a colour that we would nat­u­rally as­so­ciate with envy. Each of them have some­thing to envy in some­one else, and this is one of the driv­ing themes within the movie. Finn is al­ways en­vi­ous of Estella’s sta­tus, and Estella en­vies Finn’s abil­ity to ex­press emo­tions. On the other hand, Nora Dins­moor, played by Anne Ban­croft, is en­vi­ous of those that are happy in re­la­tion­ships. The char­ac­ters are so bur­dened with envy that it be­comes one of the rea­sons for their un­hap­pi­ness.

A less ro­man­tic ap­proach would be that it is Cuarón’s favourite colour, which ex­plains his ex­ten­sive use of it in Great Ex­pec­ta­tions, A Lit­tle Princess (ru­mour has it that the ini­tial plan was to only au­di­tion girls with green eyes for the role), Sólo Con Tu Pareja, and Y Tu Mamá Tam­bién. Of course, I pre­fer the more in­tel­lec­tual take of the for­mer logic. Ever since then, if you asked me what my favourite ’90s fash­ion film was, the an­swer would al­ways be “Great Ex­pec­ta­tions”.

Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone as Cher Horowitz in that iconic checked two-piece Ver­sace Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’17 Adam Selman Au­tumn/Win­ter ’17 Demna Gvasalia’s ap­proach to teen angst at Vete­ments Au­tumn/Win­ter ’17

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