Recently opened on the big screen, the movie is a lush look at Old Hollywood starring Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Jessie Eisenberg. While the reviews aren’t spectacular, the attention to fashion and period detail certainly are.
Costume designer Suzy Benzinger, who first worked with Allen on 1994’s Don’t Drink the Water) told TheWoodyAllenPages about her process on gathering Chanel fashions for the film.
“I couldn’t really design this film and not address Chanel. In the 20th century, Chanel was the epitome of style, luxury and glamour. If I was to portray Café Society properly I would have to use Chanel. It is a vital part of history. I was lucky that Chanel also agreed to bring back pieces of jewellery inspired by ones Gabrielle Chanel had designed at the time and that were so influential in the 1930s. The gorgeous simplicity of Chanel’s dresses were canvasses to showcase her jewellery. The job was simple to me, put an elegant but simple dress on an actress, accessorize with a Chanel brooch or earrings and I had instant glamour. That’s the genius of Coco Chanel!”
Some looks from the film: