Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

The new Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’
The new Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’

Over the weekend I took advantage of the UGC half-price cinema deal in Paris (I imagine to coincide with Cannes) to watch the new Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’. I knew nothing of the film, other than that I had seen the posters and knew it starred Rachel Mcadams and Owen Wilson. It is one of my favourite things, to go to the cinema with no preconceptions or expectations and to be totally bowled over. I adored it, I wanted to go straight back in to see it again just to look at the scenes.

Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard - Midnight in Paris
Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard – Midnight in Paris

I won’t ruin the plot for you but the film opens with a very extended series of Parisian scenes, of cafés, restaurants, wide streets, the Eiffel Tower, bridges and street names, it is set to tinkling traditional French music and it does everything and more to affirm why anyone loves Paris.

Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris

It set in me a nostalgia for a city I come to know and love (despite some trying times) and has made me incredibly sad to leave at the end of the month. Inspired by the film, I thought I would look at Paris’s finest fashion moments in recent history so we could all wish we’d been born in a different era. Personally I would go for the Roaring Twenties and I would smoke outside cafés and drink out of champagne bowls all the while wearing the tallest feather in my hair and the most fabulous fur coat.

Perhaps others would prefer the more structured military inspired fashion of the forties when women sported shoulder pads and a more tailored look. Or are there those among you that hold a torch for the swinging sixties? Miniskirts and flared coats, bright colours and bold prints would have breathed a fresh life into this beautiful old city. Whatever style era is held closest to your heart, I’m willing to bet the Parisians did it best, get yourself to the cinema for some European nostalgia and see what you think.

{Image Source: Midnight in Paris}

About the Author:

Darcy Nicholson is officially now (as deemed by Marie Claire) a ‘par-don’, living the glamorous life of a Londoner in Paris; from this perspective she comments on the life and times of French fashion, the legend and the reality. She suffers through shops, bars and the streets inbetween to bring you the news on what is really a la mode.