Stylish movie: Paris when it sizzles – 1964

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria title

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria opening credits

I was pretty sure I had seen every single one of fashion icon Audrey Hepburn “parisian” movies, but as it happens I had failed to watch Paris when it sizzles until now. Now I can see why it’s not her most famous : even Hepburn has shot in “so-so” movies. OK, maybe I’m exagerating there, but with its sketch-like scenes _ a writer and his secretary attempt to write a film scenario in three days _ and hectic plot, I found the movie pretty forgettable (plus, what with Hepburn always falling for much older men? annoying). Anyway, it doesn’t matter at all! The stylish movies section is not so much about cinema than it is about the outfits, and here especially those designed for Hepburn by Hubert de Givenchy. Now let’s see…

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria fringed bikini

Sequined and fringed bathing suit! Need I say more?

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - ensemble 1

Woolen skirt suit and wihite suitcases : Gabrielle is a prim young secretary, who can apparently afford Givenchy clothing.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria ensemble 2

That material seems quite thick for Paris in July – but look at this cute round hat!

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria open shirt

Well, I guess that’s what you would call contrast.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - Marlene Dietrich

Hey! Dietrich in colors (and in white).

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - Orange dress 1

Wearing a summer dress with a high collar, fictional Gabrielle looks just as prim as the “real” one.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - orange dress 2

 

Unless..? Yes, that’s a nice draped neckline in the back!

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - Tony Curtis

Hey look, it’s Tony Curtis!

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - white blouse

Don’t you think that with its big pleat and pockets, this skirt looks as if Gabrielle wore it backwards?

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - aviator

An Amelia Earhart moment : a timeless look.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - cardigan

One of Rick’s cardigans. He seems to favor white, textured cozy knits.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - nightdress 1

Look at that hair! So big, so round, so smooth!

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - nightdress 2

Coziness doesn’t seem to matter so much to Gabrielle, come night time… Were women in the sixties this spectacular?

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - white dress 2

Gabrielle’s style relies on structured clothes such as this dress. Still pretty warm for Paris in July, I’m afraid.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - white dress 1

Still, super pretty dress.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - slippers

Embroidered slippers! How nice!

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - kni top

I’m less than keen on this loose-weaved knitted top, though. Was this really considered flattering?

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - orange dress 3

Close-up on the back neckline. I approve, of course.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria bubble bath

Typical Hollywood bubble bath, craziest French poodle hairdo.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - pointy hat

Nice pointy hat, Audrey! Is it to match the Eiffel Tower? She definitely has the weirdest hairdos in this movie…

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - costume dress

This being said, I love this graphic black and white dress _ I’m pretty sure it would be a lovely evening dress with, say, a low bun.

Paris when it sizzles - Carlotta Stermaria - pink dress

Back to the “original” Gabrielle and her prim, structured Givenchy dresses. She wears, of course, white gloves, and her dress matches her clutch and this curious little boxy bow perched on top of her giant bun. What a girl!

 

 

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