November 10, 2008
When I did this post on Wong Kar-Wai’s films and fashion, his 2004 film 2046 came out in the comments as the stylish Wong Kar-Wai film I had neglected to feature. So exactly a month after that post, I finally got to watch the film today.
The futuristic outfits were a joy to see. Takuya Kimura’s layered fabric jacket (?) was very Eairth by Melissa Dizon.
And, of course, Faye Wong was future-fierce.
But I still prefer In the Mood for Love, fashion-wise at least. The creative restraint in the costumes was evident, with Maggie Cheung in the same ultra-high-neck cheongsam done in different fabrics, and Tony Leung in his sharp suits and vintage ties. This, in turn, translated well into the feeling of uptightness and control of which the characters were enslaved by.
In the Mood for Love. 2046 was actually a sequel to this film.
2046 was more realistic, more relaxed. One thing I did like, though, was the way Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung’s character) wore the gray knit sweater-vest, an article of clothing so connotatively preppy in a caricature kind of way. He wore it with great ease, sharp and debonair.
Inspired by Chow Mo-Wan, I decided to don a sweater-vest today not unlike his.
Zara fedora, vintage white bowtie, H&M shirt and sweater vest, tailor-made pants, Cartier watch, penny loafers from Don Quijote