currently loving: monica vitti & olympia le tan

Michelangelo Antonioni, L’Eclisse, 1962.

Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 film L’Eclisse

if you follow me on tumblr or livejournal, you may know that i have a special place in my heart for monica vitti, and 1960s italian cinema. so much so that i have reblogged the exact same image of her standing on the cliffs in antonioni’s l’avventura (1960) three times, and used her face as my livejournal icons back in the days when we thought about those things. her talent and her face have captivated me since i first saw l’avventura, and her style is definitely something i’ve aspired to emulate on particularly fancy pants occasions. i’m hardly alone… just look at her. a face made for the screen.

a gif of monica vitti sitting on a boat in antonioni's 1962 film l'avventuraneedless to say, when fashion meets cinema, my heart generally starts to beat a little faster. imagine my face when i saw how you could wear your love of italian cinema on your sleeve  clutch.

l'avventura clutch olympia le tanbe still, my beating heart. the price tag, however, makes me want to cry. i did a little digging, and realized this is not the first time i’ve seen olympia le tan’s work. i first took note of her creative crafting and design skills when an image of natalie portman on the red carpet for black swan was making the rounds, holding a clutch that looked like a book! since then, lots of do it yourself projects have popped up in the crafty fashion loving blogosphere. understandably: if you’d like to own one yourself you’d have to drop 1500 bucks.

but back to the fashion-meets-cinema aspect of this item. to advertise her clutches, le tan (who has made short films herself) recruited some gorgeous faces to recreate film stills of the films she lauds on her clutches:

film still of gabriele ferzetti and monica vitti in l'avventura, 1960
gabriele ferzetti and monica vitti in l’avventura, 1960
Annabelle Dexter-Jones as Monica Vitti in L’Avventura by Max Farago for Olympia Le-Tan’s Pitti W project.
Annabelle Dexter-Jones as Monica Vitti in L’Avventura by Max Farago for Olympia Le-Tan’s Pitti W project.
Monica Vitti in The Red Desert (Antonioni, 1964)
Monica Vitti in The Red Desert (Antonioni, 1964)
Cecile Cassel as Monica Vitti in Il Deserto Rosso by Max Farago for Olympia Le-Tan’s Pitti W project.
Cecile Cassel as Monica Vitti in Il Deserto Rosso by Max Farago for Olympia Le-Tan’s Pitti W project.

i can’t find the film still this one is emulating, and haven’t seen teorema, but goddamn…

can i resist tilda swinton? i think not.

Tilda Swinton posed as Silvana Mangano in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s  "Teorema"
Tilda Swinton posed as Silvana Mangano in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Teorema”

this is only one of le tan‘s many clutch projects, and it’s safe to say i’m pretty much swooning for anything she touches. not to mention her incredible style!

olympia le tan showing off her closet to vogue france
olympia le tan showing off her closet to vogue france

but for brevity’s sake, i’ll leave it at that for now. visit her website yourself and poke around! instead of lusting for a clutch i probably wouldn’t even use that often and knowing absent-minded me, most likely it forget somewhere, i think i’ll just re-watch some of my favourite antonioni films and drown my sorrows while daydreaming of monica vitti’s face. sounds like a plan.

most of these photos were found on olympia’s tumblr. click the photos for credit.

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9 responses to “currently loving: monica vitti & olympia le tan

  1. Teorema is brilliant, really, really brilliant. Terence Stamp is pretty swoonworthy, too.

  2. Ohhhh. These are beautiful. Thank-you for sharing! I’ve sadly not seen any of these films (Italian films are ridiculously difficult to find here and, when I can find them, I don’t often feel like spending $30+ on a movie I’ve not seen before – also, strangely enough L’Avventura and La Notte have both had DVD releases in Australia but not L’eclisse!) but they’re all on my to-see list. Regardless, I can still appreciate how gorgeous her clutches are! And I love that she recreated the film stills to promote them. Gah. And her style, too! Damn.
    -Andi x

  3. Monica Vitti just had this look- there are no words.
    Poor woman’s version of a book clutch? Clutching an actual book. It’s good company too, I find :)

  4. Oooh I LOVE Monica Vitti! Alas, the only movie I have seen of hers is L’eclisse, but I definitely want to watch more now <3_<3 I had seen that image of Tilda as Silvana, but had not realized the context was to promote these stunning clutches – thank you for the lovely post!

  5. We love love love Olympia too! Barbara Harris Water Jewels Kensington London jsut got some in!

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