Annie Hall – A Lesson In Personal Style
14 Mar 2011
USA, 1977 Directed: Woody Allen. Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton.
Well La-di-da, la-di-da, la la.
With fashion’s current 70s style obsession, I was reminded of the classic 70s look of Annie Hall. It is well-accepted as one of Woody Allen‘s most masterful creations but, is as much celebrated for it’s influence on fashion as its cinematic sense. Annie’s look was many of the things that are considered so “cool” today. The so-called boyfriend look made up of of lots of classic, vintage finds. Vests, the “grammy tie”, men’s working pants, bowler hats, oversized watches and studious glasses.
At the time of the film’s release, this look was very new and exciting. It also has a nice back story! Much of Anne’s costume actually came from Diane Keaton‘s personal wardrobe and sartorial selection. It so goes that the film’s costume designer, Ruth Morley, was not a fan but Woody Allen was and said “Leave her. She’s a genius. Let her wear what she wants.” And so, Keaton’s wardrobe combined with Ralph Lauren to re-invent Le Smoking jacket in a Hall’s new dapper, disheveled light. And she even won an Oscar!