However the film world judges “Marie Antoinette” when it world preems Wednesday — and the buzz is good — another industry has already delivered its verdict. In fashion designers’ eyes, it’s one of the Next Big Things, a key bellwether for their upcoming collections.
For the fashion world, writer-helmer Sofia Coppola epitomizes contempo cool at its out-of-the-box best. She is a creator of cult label Milk Fed and best friend and muse of American fashion master Marc Jacobs, who’s also the creative director of Louis Vuitton; every step she takes is noted by an army of trendsetters and fashion-forward fans.
For current fashionistas, the name Marie Antoinette conjures up images of Versailles, the guillotine — and, apparently, shoes.
This may be the first Cannes film in which the shoes were designed by Spanish shoe maven Manolo Blahnik. And festgoers will be relieved to know that flouncy pink footwear is in.
“When the producers called, I dropped everything,” glowed Blahnik in the Guardian and picked up on fashion blog No Good For Me.
For those who notice what’s going on above the ankle, Coppola and pic’s costume designer Milena Canonero assembled crispy textures and sorbet tones that are decadent and colorful, plus fresh greens, sunny yellows and creamy whites.
And of course, as with all tales of French royalty, there will be a rock-chick feeling.
In a bit of film logic, the 1790s fashions were influenced by the New Romantic pop music movement of the early 1980s — think Adam Ant — so should “Marie Antoinette” further a return to the sartorial flounces of 25 years ago, expect taffeta, tulle and organza.
For those who don’t deal with the fashion world — and you know who you are — Coppola was a big influence with her past two films.
“The Virgin Suicides” brought long-forgotten David Hamilton’s photobooks to the shelves of trendy boutique Colette in Paris, influencing the work of Chloe’s Phoebe Philo and lasting as long as the last spring/summer ads from Dolce & Gabanna.
And blame, in part, “Lost in Translation” for the slow, merciful death of tanga-string underwear.
(Maria Alvarez Rilla is a Spanish fashion designer.)