Despite the standout moments from such iconic stylish films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (we’re thinking of those memorable scenes in the storied Fifth Avenue jeweller), Audrey Hepburn’s classic Givenchy LBD endures as the ultimate embodiment of the film’s narrative—and consequently, its classic feminine style.

Naturally, this leads us to conclude that great films define signature fashion looks (hey, Annie Hall-inspired menswear!) And judging by the bevy of intriguing and successful fashion docs (Bill Cunningham: New York, The September Issue), vice versa. We’ve rounded up five recent fashion collections inspired by much-loved and much-more-anticipated, soon-to-be-released films.

Fashion house: Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Film inspiration: Director Baz Luhrmann’s latest spin on the iconic Jazz Age novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, opening in theatres this December.
Memorable faces: We can easily see Carey Mulligan, starring as the flighty Daisy Buchanan, in any of the pastels from Ralph Lauren’s collection; Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gatsby will be irresistible regardless of what he’s wearing.


A Jazz Age-inspired look from Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway.

The look: The emblematically American fashion house provided the vintagey costumes for the 1974 film, including the flowing tea dresses for Mia Farrow’s Daisy Buchanan and tailored suits for Robert Redford’s Jay Gatsby. While Luhrmann’s wife, Catherine Martin, is costuming the latest film, the bowler caps and feathery, beaded slips of Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection are a distinct homage to the fashion trends of this roaring ’20s time period.
Cinematic appeal: Both Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and the latest Gatsby film collectively satisfy our undying love for all things Jazz Age—at least until the end of the year.

Fashion house: Mulberry’s Fall/Winter 2012-2013 campaign.

Film inspiration: The 2009 flick, Where Wild Things Are.
Memorable faces: The campaign is fronted by Lindsey Wixson, the American model known for her plump pout and charming gap-toothed smile, posing alongside the Wild Thing creature from director Spike Jonze’s film.
The look: A mix of shaggy animal fabrics—lacquered wool, Mongolian fur and rabbit-trimmed hooded coats; earthy fall tones of burnt orange, browns and black leather; and a black fur vest—perfect for the woodsy, autumnal backdrop chosen by the fashion house.
Cinematic appeal: Based on the 2009 film that’s adapted from 1963 children’s book by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, the British label’s fall collection is every bit the whimsical, grandiose fantasy we expect from both great fashion trends and memorable children’s films.

Fashion trends: Behind-the-scenes with Canadian fashion house DSquared2

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Ralph-Lauren-RS12-0323CANVAS.jpgFashion house: Hawaiian sunglasses designer Maui Jim.

Film inspiration: The latest adaptation of Marvel Comics’s arachnid-inclined superhero, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

Memorable faces: While Andrew Garfield stars as the latest incarnation of The Daily Bugle reporter Peter Parker, the blue-and-red suited cartoon equivalent is the face of the Spider-Man-inspired shades, called the Kekoa.
The look: The limited-edition polarized specs have a lightweight Red Web Grilamid frame, while the lenses are lined with webbed mirroring. Spidey himself graces storage pouch.
Cinematic appeal: Cast your web quickly—only 7,200 of the frames were issued worldwide and each pair is individually numbered, available exclusively at Sunglass Hut for approx. $250.

Fashion house: French shoe couturier Christian Louboutin.

Film inspiration: Coinciding with Disney’s Diamond Blu Ray global release of the classic 1950 animated film this fall, the legendary shoemaker unveiled a luxe spin on Cinderella’s glass slipper during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-13.

A Jazz Age-inspired look from Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway.

Memorable faces: Since her rags-to-riches story has become its own eponymous fairy tale, Cinderella will likely be the eternal face (and foot) of the glass slipper.
The look: Louboutin reimagined the fabled glass slippers with delicate lace, crystals and two sparkling butterflies; one adorning the crystal-embellished heel and the other gracing the vamp. The designer’s trademark red sole provides the modern-day fairytale update.
Cinematic appeal: A real-life dream come true, shoe-lovers will have a chance at a one of the twenty pairs of slippers created for this collab—we just hope the shoe fits.

Fashion house: Banana Republic capsule collection for Fall 2012.

Film inspiration: The upcoming Joe Wright-directed adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel, Anna Karenina, opening November 9.
Memorable faces: Keira Knightley as the namesake aristocrat who dons pearls and crystal jewellery in the film that inspired the Banana Republic collection; the always-dapper Jude Law stars as her scorned husband, Alexei Karenin.
The look: Jacqueline Durran, the film’s costume designer, hand-selected the pieces from the American retailer to make up the capsule collection featuring lace, velvet and faux-fur collars in black and dove grey, inspired by 19th century Russian aristocracy and high society. The price of the collection ranges from approx. $39.50 for a blouse to approx. $325 for a coat, while accessories range from approx. $29.50 for jewellery to approx. $250 for a handbag.
Cinematic appeal: The collection will be featured in Banana Republic’s November advertising campaign, while film stills featuring the 19th century-clad cast will be splayed throughout stores.

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