Screen Style : The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

It’s another rainy day in the port town of Cherbourg, France and seen from above the only color against the city’s gray-and-dun cobblestones are the circular tops of umbrellas that pass by in a choreographed parade of pinks, blues, yellows and reds. The opening sequence of the famous 1964 ¬†film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sets the tone for the rest of this colorful tale of innocence lost which stands as a tribute to the feminine mystique of the film’s heroine, Genevieve, played with awkward adolescent allure by 21 year old Catherine Deneuve. Director Jacques Demy artfully merges the film’s colorful set design with the clothing worn by his characters to create a visual feast for the eyes….il est magnifique!

A sweet little dress that somehow looks so French.

The undoubtedly exquisite quality of the shocking pink cardigan and inverted box pleat skirt make a classic outfit even more chic.

There is something so chic about wearing a winter white coat with matching gloves. Inspiration to bring back the peter pan collar!

Classic Burberry trench coat worn over a powder blue gingham dress with matching blue cardigan paired with black patent mary jane flats.

The draping of this white flared coat is so chic from the back.

I remember in the movie that Catherine Deneuve is wearing a peach sundress under this chic peach coat. These bright pastels suit her so well.

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One Response to Screen Style : The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

  1. Anonymous says:

    Quite the color story! Imagine those colors on a rainy day in NYC! Definitely a film classic.