Introduction

Regrettably, not all of us have the luxury of attending Paris Fashion Week or subscribing to every glossy fashion magazine for a daily high fashion fix. Sometimes, our inspiration must be drawn from the captivating world of cinema.

Embark with us on a journey through the movie sets of seven iconic films spanning six decades.

For those unfamiliar with these cinematic gems, we’ll provide you with a brief overview. We’re spilling the tea on the fashion vibes and zooming in on the fabulous handbags in the spotlight.

In instances where the leading lady lacks noticeable arm candy, fear not! We’ll step into the shoes of a wardrobe director and suggest the perfect handbag match.

Get ready for some fun – and let the fashion movie magic begin!

How movies change the way we dress.

Movies give us a peek into real-life fashion situations, with regular folks rocking the styles – no super-skinny models strutting down a catwalk with the latest designer gear. They’re like our fashion reality check. Films spill the beans on trends, and voila, we walk out of the cinema feeling all kinds of inspired.

And hey, sometimes we watch our favorite characters owning a look that vibes with ours, and it’s like a high-five moment for our style choices.

Here are how films can shape our fashion:

  • Style inspiration: Think back to that epic fancy dress party – superheroes, cowboy classics, or even futuristic Star Trek vibes. In the same way, movie characters can act like our ultimate dress-up inspiration. The big screen has this magical power to whisk us through time, showcasing the past, present, and future in a fabulously fashionable way. It’s like a crash course in style history, and suddenly, our fashion radar is buzzing with possibilities. The influence of movies on fashion trends can echo for years. A prime example is the powerhouse effect of the early 2000s TV series ‘Sex and the City.’ The characters’ styles captured hearts, shaped wardrobes, and set trends that became synonymous with the era.
  • The Vintage Vibes: Period films are like fashion time machines, transporting us to the ‘good old days’ when bell bottoms ruled, or Jackie O set the style standard. Fashion movies tap into this nostalgia, bringing history back with a modern twist. Suddenly, what’s old becomes oh-so-cool again, thanks to the magic of movies.
  • Sparking Style Desires: That ‘I love that handbag!’ moment in the dark cinema has real staying power. It becomes a style trigger, lighting up a spark of desire when mulling your next outfit. Next thing you know, you’re on a shopping spree, hitting the stores or scrolling through online boutiques. Movies don’t just entertain; they trigger our inner fashionista. Take, for instance, Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ This cinematic gem became an instant fashion classic, sparking trends that resonated far beyond the movie screen. The dress’s influence didn’t stop at admiration; it translated into increased sales for the designers, showcasing movie costumes’ profound impact on shaping fashion landscapes.

7 Iconic Movies for Fashionistas (and their handbags)

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Pretty Women (1990)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Saint Laurent (2014)
  • The House of Gucci (2021)
  • Cruella (2021)

For every movie we explore, we’ll kick things off with a brief rundown of the plot and characters. Then, we’ll turn our attention to the leading lady’s handbag – because, let’s face it, that accessory deserves its moment in the spotlight.

#1 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Audrey Hepburn Stars As Holly In This Classic Film From 1961.
Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly in this classic film from 1961.

The plot

Introducing Holly Golightly, a Texan belle portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, navigating the dazzling streets of Manhattan with breakfasts at Tiffany’s. Dreaming of a life beyond her modest origins, she hopes to wed for wealth. However, when her first suitor drifts away, a budding romance sparks with her new neighbor, a struggling writer.

This timeless romantic comedy, adorned with Audrey Hepburn’s charm, unfolds the tale of love, ambition, and unexpected connections against the backdrop of glitzy New York.

Breakfast At Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The handbag

We can only imagine the brand of Holly’s handbag, but it’s small and black. Isn’t it always the perfect choice?

The little black bag has earned its spot on every handbag lover’s must-have list worldwide. A true fashion staple, it exudes timeless elegance and complements any outfit. Versatile, dependable, and stylish, it’s the go-to accessory for every situation.

Our suggestion

If you don’t own a little black bag yet, we suggest this little marvel – pre owned Gucci Marmont Mini Bag. Sleek and stylish, it is the ideal match for a fashion-savvy you. The high-quality chevron leather and GG logo make a statement of effortless sophistication. Despite its compact dimensions, this little bag will easily hold your essentials while turning heads.

#2 Pretty Women (1990)

The plot

In a modern Cinderella tale, prostitute Vivian (Julia Roberts) encounters wealthy businessman Edward (Richard Gere) while he is on a business trip.

Hired by Edward for a weekend, the unlikely duo discovers love but faces challenges bridging their contrasting worlds. Romantic and funny!

The handbag

A grumpy sales lady, a gentlemanly concierge, and a shopping spree with someone else’s credit card – the stuff movie dreams are made of.

Vivian instinctively knows no outfit is perfect without a classy handbag. The photo below shows a handbag tucked stylishly under her gloved arm. Without knowing the brand, we’re guessing it could have been an Italian-made Loro Piana.

Pretty Woman Walking Down The Street
Pretty Woman walking down the street…

Our suggestion

Knowing Vivian, she’d go with a handbag that would be exquisite to the touch, like the meticulously tumbled calfskin of this timeless designer second hand Loro Piana bag.

#3 The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The Plot

Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is a demanding fashion magazine editor. She sets trends and has the world at her feet – but mostly, people cower in her shadow. Newbie Andy (Anne Hathaway) becomes her assistant and gets the run-around from the heartless Miranda.

Supposedly based on Anna Wintour and Vogue Magazine, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ gives the viewer a peek into the world of models, fashion shoots, the rush, and the hype.

The handbag

The movie starts with a bang as Miranda confidently strides into the Runway magazine office, sending employees scurrying to meet her every whim – ensuring that the office setup is perfect and her coffee too.

Before we even glimpse her face, the spotlight is on her outfit, setting the stage for this timeless fashion film favorite.

Front and center is the star: a sleek gray Prada Spazzelato handbag. This iconic moment captures the essence of high fashion, making it clear that style and perfection are non-negotiable in Miranda’s world.

Meryl Streep In ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’
Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’

Our suggestion

While the handbag’s grey enhances Miranda’s white-grey crown of perfectly styled hair, we think that black would have been a more fitting color to go with her character: stark, powerful, and bold.

Her choice of bag says she’s organized, aware of fashion to the last detail, and bold in spending money to get the look. We do not doubt that Miranda wouldn’t simply grab any old hold-it-all – and neither should you!

The refined craftsmanship of this pre-owned Prada Galleria Saffiano would definitely satisfy her need to make a statement.

Jessica Hart Made The Choice For Prada.
Jessica Hart made the choice for Prada.

#4 Sex and the City (2008)

The plot

It was exciting news for fans and fashion enthusiasts when Sex and the City made a big-screen comeback.

Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Christopher Noth) are still going strong and considering a move-in together. However, Carrie hesitates, reluctant to surrender her independence. When Big proposes but second-guesses, the beloved characters from the series, each true to form, share their perspectives.

The movie is a blend of romance, humor, and the enduring charm of these iconic ladies as they navigate love, relationships, and the ever-stylish world of Sex and the City.

The Sex And The City Cast: Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha And Miranda.
The Sex and the City cast: Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda.

The handbag

In the opening scene, Carrie is seen with a crystal Eiffel Tower clutch by Beverly Hills bag designer Timmy Woods. Crafted from hand-painted acacia wood and adorned with over 7,000 Swarovski crystals, the minaudière (or small, decorative handbag ) served as a stylish nod to the City of Love (Paris, of course).

An Eiffel Tower Clutch.
An Eiffel Tower Clutch.

Our Suggestion

What is the difference between this bag and the many often garish sidewalk-sold souvenirs from Paris? Not much – aside from the thousands of crystals and the price. Some might even call it kitsch, but when Sarah Jessica Parker wears it, it suddenly has cult status.

Cult status or not, this bag is definitely not up everyone’s alley.

Perhaps even Jessica would prefer our Used Louis Vuitton Micro Metis Monogram Canvas Bag with its durable monogram-coated canvas.

#5 Saint Laurent (2014)

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Yves Saint Laurent

The plot

‘Saint Laurent’ is a biographical drama taking fashion lovers along on the life journey of one of the most influential French fashion designers of his time: Yves Saint Laurent (played by Gaspard Ulliel).

Saint Laurent was an institution in the world of fashion, a visionary who shaped this fickle world. The film tributes his greatness while capturing his struggles and anxieties.

The handbag

It’s all about handbags.

Born in 1936 in Algeria to his French parents, Yves Saint Laurent is often lauded for helping his nation rise from the ashes after World War Two. In 1961, he founded his renowned fashion brand and reshaped the future of fashion. His bags are edgy with a street-like yet uncompromisingly elegant design.

Our suggestion

In keeping with Saint Laurent’s edgy approach to bag design, we’ll propose the 2nd hand YSL LouLou Small Chain Bag in white leather. Crafted from the finest materials, this bag shouts style. But what truly sets it apart? The Y-quilted overstitching, of course. And why choose white? Oh, it is so noticeable. It may be time to take the leap if it whispers your name.

#6 Cruella (2021)

The plot

Estella (played by Emma Stone) is young, clever, eager, and determined to make a name for herself in fashion. When she befriends fashion legend Baroness von Hellman, she embraces her wicked side and emerges as the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella.

Emma Stone As Cruella.
Emma Stone as Cruella.

The handbag

Movie lovers with a keen eye for fashion would have noticed the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag featured in the film. The bag, a unique collaboration whose design is enhanced to fit Cruella’s character, perfectly fits her punk-rock energy and a characteristically monochromatic black-and-white color palette.

The Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
The Louis Vuitton Capucines bag

Our suggestion

We’re pretty sure that Cruella would have adored the black Taurillon leather and python-skin trim of this second hand Louis Vuitton Capucines handbag. Snake meets snake – it’s beautiful.

#7 The House of Gucci (2021)

Lady Gaga Played The Female Leading Role In The House Of Gucci.
Lady Gaga played the female leading role in The House of Gucci.

Plot

Ridley Scott’s ‘House of Gucci’ narrates the saga of the Gucci family’s luxury empire. The film unfolds the tumultuous tale of Patrizia Reggiani, portrayed by Lady Gaga, and Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Their intense and ill-fated marriage leads to a power struggle, both vying for control over the prestigious Gucci brand.

Set against a backdrop of wealth and intrigue, the movie promises a riveting exploration of family dynamics and the high-stakes world of fashion. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver’s performances add a layer of intensity to this cinematic portrayal of the iconic Gucci legacy.

The handbag

Our enthusiasm for the movie was slightly dampened as Gucci purses took a backstage role, only stepping into the limelight during specific discussions or plot points.

We missed grand shots showcasing the luxury and intricate design that define what Gucci is all about. Even the handbag donned by Lady Gaga in the picture above seems out of sync with Gucci’s signature style.

Our suggestion

We feel strongly that the directors would have done well to use the Gucci Diana Bag in the movie.

First debuted in 1947, the signature Gucci bamboo-handle bag became an overnight success. Style icons, including Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, and, later, Princess Diana, favored this distinguished design.

The 1947 Gucci Bamboo-Handle Bag
The 1947 Gucci Bamboo-handle bag

Conclusion

Perhaps we’ve nudged you into a weekend fashion film binge!

Our spotlight was on seven favorites, but chic cinema offers many more. Watching movies is never time wasted; instead, you’ll emerge on-trend, channeling your inner Julia Roberts from ‘Pretty Woman’ or exuding confidence like Miranda in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’

Now, at Sehabags, you can seize the chance to possess one of these iconic bags at a fraction of the original cost. Pre-loved and pre-owned, yet impeccably maintained, these bags let you play the lead in your own story.

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