Dress, Tibi; cardigan & necklace, J. Crew Factory; bag. MbMJ; shoes, Calvin Klein
Dress, Tibi; cardigan & necklace, J. Crew Factory; bag. MbMJ; shoes, Calvin Klein

Have you guys seen Crimson Peak? I loved it. I loved Guillermo del Toro’s vision (and the inspiration behind it) and the gothic campy-ness of it all. I also loved that it’s a movie with two strong female characters at the heart of it; the boys are just window dressing. It’s neither a horror movie, nor a romantic movie, so keep that in mind if you’re deciding whether to see it. Which you should.

The film’s only weakness, in my opinion, was the predictability of the central plot twist; I kept waiting to have the rug pulled out from under my expectations, and that never happened. It was still a really, really fun movie … and it gave me an idea for how to tweak a story I’ve been toying with for years – plot for my next book, I think. Sigh. Too bad I’m still toiling away on the first, which may never be finished at the rate I’m going.

Anyway, this is what I wore to the office the day I went to see CP, after work, with a colleague. Not a patch on the phenomenal costumes in the movie but … a little bit gothic, a little bit romantic.

moving to the dark (tights) side
moving to the dark (tights) side
burgundy bag goes with everything
burgundy bag goes with everything

9 Comments on Gothic Floral

  1. I love a good gothic! Have you read “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”? By Shirley Jackson. Quick, but super fun, read.

  2. I have not seen this movie but now I want too. I love Gothic movies too πŸ™‚

    You look phenomenal as always. I know what you mean about dark tights addition. We’re having unexpectedly warm weather in Ottawa this week but I know it won’t last

    • Isn’t that the worst? I hate the dread that comes this time of year. Every morning, I have to steel myself to look out of the window – did or did it not snow yet?

      p.s. I love your handle πŸ˜‰

  3. No I HAVEN’T seen Crimson Peak, but I was going to go ‘coz it seemed fun and I never go to the cinema, and then I read some lacklustre reviews and ended up spontaneously going to The Martian instead and well that was shit so I’m still angry at myself. πŸ˜‰ Gothic read: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. God damn. It’s been filmed but I think they changed the story quite a bit so I suspect it’s not as good. The book is very lowkey and just creepy. πŸ˜€

    • I think a lot of reviewers missed the point of the movie. Also, I think the marketing did it a disservice. As I said, it’s not a scary movie, or a romantic/sexy/kinky movie. It’s not about ghosts – they’re just part of the ambiance. The story is … cliche is maybe not the right word, but it’s made up of plot points that are really familiar to anyone who likes gothic stories. There’s an orphan girl, and a mysterious stranger, and a creepy house, and an attic where Bad Things happen. What Guillermo del Toro is FANTASTIC at is creating an atmosphere. The film is visually stunning, the attention to detail is beyond impressive, and the feel of it stays with you. It’s basically a movie you would want to live inside of. (Except that I still question how all those gorgeous, gorgeous gowns ever got cleaned/laundered in a house with zero servants, and questionable plumbing system. But … quibbles.)

      Jessica Chastain was fantastic (and I don’t just say that because I have a massive girl crush on her), and Mia W. was also good in what is essentially a thankless role in this type of movie – the innocent/viewer stand-in. Another reviewer put it best: by the end of the movie, you don’t care what happens to Edith’s love life, but you very much care about whether she makes it out alive or not.

      Man, I really loved this movie more than I realized. Maybe I’ll have to revisit it in a separate blog post.

      • Well, do you know what wasn’t that visually amazing and full of atmosphere? The fucking Martian, that’s what. *sob* put I might have been annoyed at Crimson peak too if I felt it was too unoriginal. I am picky.