Let These Chic Wes Anderson Characters Inspire Your Autumn Wardrobe
Reigning over the cinematographic kingdom with his signature aesthetic for over 20 years, Wes Anderson’s whimsical universes have not only charmed all the hipsters of the world, they’ve also generated quite the bundle of style icons. Indeed, each character born out the director’s imagination don carefully selected garments – obviously visually in line with the film’s colour palette and atmosphere – that remain acutely coherent throughout the story, almost like a signature uniform. From angsty teenagers to an enigmatic former child playwright, the director’s characters provide the perfect fall style cues.
Margot Tenenbaum – The Royals Tenenbaums
The 2001 The Royal Tenenbaums introduced the very stylish and oh-so secretive Margot Tenenbaum, who beyond smoking in bathrooms and maintaining very dysfunctional relationships with her family, has become the ultimate Wes Anderson’s style icon. Her quirky sartorial selections seemingly pioneered the athletic-chic spirit as she sports a luxurious mink fur coat with striped Lacoste polo dresses and a sumptuous Hermès Birkin bag. Over 15 years later, the aesthetic remains timeless, as revealed in the Ermanno Scervino fall 2018 collection.
Suzy Bishop – Moonrise Kingdom
The young, troubled, and rebellious Suzy Bishop might only be twelve, but it doesn’t mean she isn’t a trendsetter un her own right. Through her journey on the fictional New Penzance Island, she adorns feminine and whimsical pink dresses that clash with bowling-like sneakers and knee high white socks…the perfect combination of youthful spirit and femininity. Gucci tapped onto that ambiguous not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman aesthetic trading the socks for vibrant red tights and reinforcing the outfit’s cool status with one of the season’s comfiest trends: elegant dresses worn with sneakers.
Natalie Portman – Hotel Chevalier/The Darjeeling Limited
Natalie Portman’s cameo in the 2007 short film Hotel Chevalier and in The Darjeeling Limited is basically a vision of lavish elegance. Her lush yellow bathrobe not only matches the Parisian hotel decor she’s kicking back in, but also screams ‘sophisticated woman at rest.’ Channel your very own blasé ex-girlfriend and grab a belted yellow coat (like this one from Emilia Wickstead) to sip Bloody Marys in style from day to night.
Jane Winslett-Richardson – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Whether you’re chronicling a sea expedition or enjoying a weekend in the city, Indiana Jones-inspired outfits are always relevant. Jane Winslett-Richardson pairs earthy tones military-inspired garments rendering a fierce and adventurous attitude, completely in tune with her career as a reporter. Yet, the safari trends work both on and off board, as seen in Dion Lee’s fall collection.
Francis, Peter & Jack – The Darjeeling Limited
Borrowing from men’s wardrobes for fall? In the words of ice cold Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada: groundbreaking. Menswear might be a classic, even obvious reference, but the three brothers of The Darjeeling Limited provide their share of sartorial inspiration with their perfectly cut grey flannel suits and luxurious luggages. Whilst we wouldn’t suggest wearing a flannel suit in India like the characters do, take cues from Antonio Marras’ collection and rock menswear-inspired suits in autumn.
Shop our gallery of the items you can buy to channel your own mysterious, whimsical and highly artistic self by building a Wes Anderson-inspired wardrobe.