So I'm still coming down off my Jimmy Choo H&M fashion fix, and checking out what is actually coming for the Christmas holiday season. Naturally, my thoughts turn to Target's upcoming Rodarte collection launching in stores Dec. 20th, 2009. The recent issue of Marie Claire magazine had a few more preview pictures of the collection. In the article, the designers, the Mulleavy sisters credit some of their favorite films (Bonnie & Clyde, Harold & Maude and Rosemary's Baby) with offering them inspiration for their collection. Frankly, I don't see it. I saw someone else in the pieces of the collection that I like. And I am not talking about the dreadful skeleton dress with sequins pictured in the Marie Claire article. I'm talking about the little black dress (pictured below) with the bow tie at the neck. The dress is a dead ringer for a dress one of my favorite film style icons, Jean Seberg, wore as Cecile during the nightclub sequence from "Bonjour Tristesse" (1958). Compare the photos for yourself.
As you can see, Jean's dress had the same halter design top, exposing bare shoulders with the little bow at the neck. Her dress had the same flared full skirt and cinched waist as the Rodarte Target dress. I believe this dress was designed by Givenchy for Jean. Regrettably, neither she or her films were mentioned as an inspiration for the Mulleavy sisters in the Marie Claire piece. And the black dress is not the only reminder of Jean apparent in the collection. If you've seen Breathless and A-Bout-De-Souffle (as I have many times), then you know that Jean popularized the boat neck top with stripes. Here is a picture of her in one of those tops.
Compare Jean's striped top above to the top by Rodarte for Target in the Marie Clarie article below.
Pictured: The Rodarte for Target stripped top with faux-lambskin vest
(photo from Marie Claire)
But the black Jean Seberg style dress is as beautiful today as it was decades ago on the actress. I hope the version that hits the Target racks will be as similar to Jean's dress as the pictures in this post are. If it is, then it will merit the approximately $45.00 USD price tag.
PS. Anyone who grows up in Iowa, learns to speak French fluently, becomes part of the French "new wave" cinema and sparkles on screen as Jean Seberg did deserves to be remembered!!