Sunday, July 15, 2012

{Style Inspiration} 8 Femmes

One of my all-time favourite films, one of those random, utterly kitsch films I absolutely revel in and can happily watch over and over again (others include Clue and Earth Girls Are Easy), is the French film 8 Femmes (8 Women). It came out while I was living in France studying on my year abroad, and I was instantly smitten. The film is set in the fifties and the cast consists of the eight women in one man's life: his wife, two daughters, sister-in-law, sister, and two maids. And it's a musical. I cannot emphasise enough the kitsch factor of this film.

Each woman has a colour theme to reflect their personality. Virginie Ledoyen's character Suzon is pretty in pink - her raspberry tweed coat (love that capelet detail) comes off to reveal a strawberry ice-cream pink wool ensemble. That miniature beret!

Ludivine Sagnier is in shades of green - mint capris and blouse with a leaf green cardigan and matching ballet pumps.

The incomparable Catherine Deneuve is resplendent in teal with a tan and leopard swing coat.

Then Fanny Ardant shows up in this scarlet number:

Isabelle Huppert's outfit also earns a mention - a very prim and proper nipped-waist brown tweed suit teamed with a lime crepe de chine blouse (love the collar detail).

Two of my favourite songs from the film - "Pile Ou Face" ("Heads or Tails") sung by Emmanuelle Beart, and "Papa", sung by Ludivine Sagnier.

Seriously, check this movie out if you get a chance - you won't regret it.


  1. I love this movie and had forgotten about it, thanks for reminding me!

  2. Ha ha, I adore this movie, my boyfriend has the song 'Papa' as his alarmclock on his phone! So brilliant, I love Virgine's outfits best!

  3. I've never heard of this, the outfits are wonderful. Mmm, chocolate and lime, an aquired taste for some but I've always liked that.

  4. I remember this! I really should watch it again, the colours and costumes are delightfully kitsch!

  5. I love this movie, too. I'm ashamed to say that as a color geek I totally didn't get the costume color-coding. Duh. I'll have to watch it again.

  6. This movie looks like such a blast - especially thanks to the abundance of punchy, delightful vintage fashions! I've not seen it before, but will definitely see if I can track down a copy (or if Netflix has it) over here in Canada.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. Oh, that movie i have to look for, thank you for the tip!

  8. Please tell me this exists somewhere with English subtitles!

    1. I'm pretty sure it was released with subtitles - but even if not, you don't really need to understand the dialogue to follow the plot!

      xx C

  9. Oh I love that film - your post has reminded me that I really need to re-watch it soon!x

  10. What fabulous screen grabs! By the way Clue is my favourite movie of all time, nice to find someone else who loves it as much as I do!


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