Ah Summer, such an enchanting time! Boys walking around shirtless, sunglasses, cut-off shirts. It’s a season where a fashion takes the “less is more” route. But summer is also about summer flings—when you find yourself doing wildly romantic and crazy things that you would never thought you would ever do.
It’s a strange thing to figure out, but no one explains it better than Woody Allen does in his romantic “comedy” Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The film tells the story of two friends, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), off on a summer trip to visit family friends in Barcelona. Vicky, a headstrong, independent girl who is recently engaged, is interested in doing research on her grand thesis. Cristina on the other hand, has other, less specific motives. She’s a free spirit, with a “no strings attached” lifestyle. The girls have many things in common but their approach to love is not one of them.
Since Vicky has a steady, average fiancée back home, she’s not looking for love; she believes she has already found it. Cristina however, is a loose cannon who is in love with love.
During one of their many nights out, they are introduced to the mysterious, Spanish stud Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a painter, who has a very sexual approach to life. The first time we see him, he’s wearing a shirt in a shade of hot-pepper red that says everything about who he is and what he’s looking for. Actually, everything in this film is beautiful. But with Barcelona as its backdrop how could it not be! The lighting is like a good wine: thick and full of body and deep, rich color.
The fashion doesn’t jump out at you right away. It a simple and subtle mix of sport and resort wear. Vicky and Cristina are Americans but they dress in an array of Mediterranean shades: olive-green cotton buttons ups, burnt-orange spaghetti string tank tops, and eggplant-purple sundresses that glow in the balmy Barcelona sun.
Juan Antonio is a cheerfully promiscuous romantic. His crazy, extremely passionate ex-wife Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz) is also an artist but she’s jacked up on the grief and pain of love. She wears dark colors and heavy smoky makeup, prefect for emphasizing the tracks of her tears. Still, she’s a sensual woman at heart and her work outfit is a loose jumper with no bra.
After watching a Woody Allen film I usually walk away feeling deeply moved or very confused. But this film put me in the mood for cool, filmy summer wear and maybe, just maybe, a wild and untamed summer love.
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