Sunday, December 20, 2009

Silver Screen Sundays: Annie Hall

Diane Keaton didn’t have to go far to help create a look that changed women’s fashion in the 1977 Oscar-winning Woody Allen comedy Annie Hall; it originated in her own closet. Her eclectic style – mismatched pieces of oversized men’s wear, from floppy hats to baggy chinos, with a Ralph Lauren tie as the coup de gras – sent women running not to boutiques but to the neighborhood thrift shop. It also triggered the renewed popularity of women’s slacks on a par with the craze created in the ‘30s by Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn. Designer Ruth Morley was not sold on the idea initially but when Keaton showed up for shooting, director Woody Allen insisted, “She’s a genius. Let’s just leave her alone. Let her wear what she wants.” Of course, this movie is pure genius too.


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