Kittens, we can’t remember the last time we were so torn up over some piece of pop culture. As you may know, we are costume design queens, which is a subset of fashion queens (which we also are) that is defined by their devotion to all things costumey.
On the other hand, we’ve hated every glimpse of Disney’s upcoming Cruella. We’re not particularly devoted to the character and wouldn’t normally care about a Maleficent-esque update, but everything about the approach looks and feels so derivative. It’s impossible not to see the Harley Quinn of it all. The marketing for the film has borrowed heavily from punk and underground anarchy aesthetics, which – again, we’re not particularly protective about such things (being neither punk nor anarchists ourselves), but it feels like such a cynical and inappropriate approach coming from one of the largest entertainment corporations in the world.
But we’re torn because it’s got the best Emmas and the costume design really is stunning.
We laughed out loud when Emma Stone mentioned that the film is set in the late seventies, though. On what planet, girl?
Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.
Disney’s “Cruella” is directed by Craig Gillespie (“I Tonya”) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. It was produced by Andrew Gunn (“Freaky Friday”), Marc Platt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Kristin Burr (“Christopher Robin”), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Two-time Oscar®- winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “A Room with a View”) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own.
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