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Fashion Meets Film: Rodarte x Breathless

Rodarte released a limited edition tee to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary.

Rodarte released a limited edition tee to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary.

There is nothing more make-your-entire-day-awesome than when two of your favorite things in the world come together Whether it be the expected (see: cookies and milk, gin and juice, Hall & Oates), or the delightfully unsuspected (see: cheddar n’ granny smith, wine before beer, Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat–what?!??), complimentary pairings have a tendency to elicit smiles, giggles, and high fives galore. That’s what this column is all about anyways, right?

With that in mind, lets reflect on one of the most make-my-entire-day-awesome Fashion Meets Film pairings in recent times– Rodarte x Jean Luc Godard‘s Breathless. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, and restoration release, of the ground breaking  French New Wave classic, Rodarte sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have created two limited edition printed tees inspired by the film. The first is a replica of female lead Patricia’s (Jean Seaberg) famous New York Herald Tribune work shirt, and the other a colorblocked version of an original Breathless poster featuring Patricia and Michel (Jean Paul Belmondo) snuggled in bed.  Available exclusive at Barneys NY and LA, Colette in Paris, and Dover Street Market in London, Kate and Laura were honored to re-imagine the influential film in their own work:

” We have been influenced by Godard’s rejection of the status quo and have approached our work with the same desire to create outside preexisting boundaries”.

Patricia (Jean Seaberg) and Michel (Jean Paul Belmondo)

Patricia (Jean Seaberg) and Michel (Jean Paul Belmondo)

Visually, Jean Luc Godard used Breathless as a brilliant vehicle to color outside all of the established lines in film making. From jump cuts to discontinuous story lines, the film’s storytelling methods were shockingly unorthodox for the time, an era when big budget musicals and Hollywood sets reigned supreme. Instead of shooting Breathless on a set, Godard opted to reflect everyday life of the youth on the city streets of Paris, shooting most of the film guerrilla style. By capturing the heartbeat of Paris’ youth culture of the time, Godard’s Breathless also provides a unique perspective on the fashions of the time.

The 60s was the emergence of a new, laid back style that would become what’s known today as the “gamine” look– a casual, yet chic combination of basics and classics that manage to look effortless at all times. You can see the casual gamine look in full swing on Patricia, an American playing an American in a French film.

Striped Tees and Fedoras: Gamine Beauty

Striped Tees and Fedoras: Gamine Beauty

A simple striped cotton tee tucked into an A-line skirt. Short, skinny black jeans and a plain, fitted T with no bra. Flats to match, and a cute but laid back pixie cut. Simple cat eye shades and a Fedora borrow from a boyfriend. These looks are the basics of the gamine look, still so popular today. With the pixie cut making a strong comeback today, it’s easy to picture Seberg’s character Patricia as a contemporary tastemaker. The look is basic, comfortable, and something about it just screams sexy, in an unconventional way at least.

Tres Chic!

If you haven’t seen Breathless yet and are interested in the evolution of the gamine, make sure to check out the remastered release information on the Rialto Pictures site for select locations across the country! And don’t forget to get your Rodarte x Breathless shirt to wear to the theater!

Images By the Amazing Phaymiss!

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