Romeo and Juliet

In honor of Valentine’s Day I have chose the beautiful, yet tragic 1968 Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet. This is my favorite film version of Shakespeare’s tale of young, forbidden love, because everything in the film is absolutely beautiful. From the bejeweled hair-coverings down to the parti-color hose; the costumes and accessories are very bold and historically appropriate. Many of the costumes consist of rich, brightly colored velvets  accessorized with gold, statement jewelry. These costumes show the wealth of both Romeo and Juliet’s families, which in turn helps the viewer understand the social and financial difficulties the couple faced.

Here are some of my screencaps from the film:

Even though these costumes are designed for medieval times, modern fashion still pulls inspiration from this era. Recently, bright velvets have been all the rage, especially for the Fall and Winter. This would be a great way to brighten up your wardrobe, especially during this dull, grey OU winter. Another way to brighten up your wardrobe inspired by this film is gold, statement worthy jewelry. Highly embellished, multicolored jewelry is such a great way to spice up an otherwise plain outfit, especially if your on a tight budget.

Here are some of my favorite modern looks that remind me of this great film:

Sources: jcrew.com/bhldn.com/hautemacabre.com/fashionising.com

Would any of you rock velvet in the winter, or should it be banished to the Dark Ages?

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