Fashion movies to binge on with your girls at the next slumber party

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Sleepovers with your girl gang is the therapy you didn't know you needed. These are also your intervention sessions, dance parties, lessons on life, and if even one of you are a fashion enthusiast, the slumber party will soon turn into a binge-watching session. They have an eye on the latest trends in fashion and are just waiting to see the next big label drop their upcoming collection, And what better inspiration than munching on some popcorn with your girls as you watch a movie that’s all things fashion right from the start till the very end.

Here are a handful of movies that’ll not only upgrade your fashion game but see you rush to the store the very next day. 

Clueless (1995)

A movie about fashion has to define the era in which it was released. And that’s exactly what Clueless did. The film revolves around the life of the rich and spoilt girl named Cher (Alicia Silverstone) who plays matchmaker and offers fashion tips to her friends. A fashionista herself, Cher always dons the most gorgeous outfits out there, something she does to show her rich and famous status. One might think that the trends in the movie are out of style, but it’s only some time before we see them make a much-welcome return to the ramp. Fun fact: The film used a computer programme to decide what she wears every day. No prizes for guessing that every outfit she wears made a statement. 

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

This wouldn’t be a fashion movie list if we ignored this classic. This 2006 film that starred the fantastic Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway featured the most expensive costumes in the history of films at the time. From designer clothes, must-have dresses, luxurious coats, and chic outfits and bags, to Hathaway’s red lipstick, the film got everything bang on point. The movie, set in New York, the fashion capital of the USA, showcases the workings of a fashion magazine. Streep played Miranda Priestly, the intimidating editor-in-chief of 'Runaway' magazine, who has an immaculate sense of style and is updated about everything that happens in the world of fashion. Watching her go up against Andy (played by Hathaway), who is taking her first steps in this cut-throat job and teaching her a host of fashion lessons is one to remember. 

Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009)

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isha Fisher) is addicted to shopping—stunning clothes, accessories, you name it. From her Louis Vuitton green bustier, Christian Louboutin heels, Vivienne Westwood suit, and of course the iconic green scarf, there’s a lot to feast your eyes with. But this luxurious costs her a lot, literally and figuratively. She is drowned in debt and a web of lies as she looks for a way to get out of the mess she’s created. How she manages to find her way out makes the film a heart-warming watch. If you’re as crazy about fashion and shopping as her, you must watch this with your girls. 

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

You know the global fashion house, but do you know the person behind it all? It’s time for a much-needed date with history as you go on a fashion trip that’s one for the ages. Nominated for four BAFTA Awards, the biopic revolves around the life of French designer Gabrielle Chanel (played by Audrey Tauteu). Stylish and chic, just like the brand, the movie depicts her life as a seamstress before she became a fashion icon. It also gives insights into her life and work. Be it the classics like the LBD and Chanel bag or the costumes, everything makes us fall in love with Chanel, all over again. 

The September Issue (2009)

You may love the world of fashion so much that you think of working in it to feel close to the space. And few films will make for a better watch than this. This behind-the-scenes documentary on Vogue and its editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is filled with non-stop drama as she and her team put together the September 2007 issue of the magazine. It takes one through what goes behind publishing a magazine and gives the viewer complete access to Wintour, top models, leading designers (Jean-Paul Gautier and Oscar de la Renta), and the glitz and glamour that’ll make your jaw drop. 

Sex And The City (2008)

The movie, dropped four years after the hit HBO show ended. It sees the fabulous four women set one style statement after another. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in her florals, Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) looking as young as ever, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) aces in style at work, and Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is all things sexy. Those who kept a close eye on them as they walked down the streets of New York would have noticed their fashion game was on point—the shoes, the bags, the jewellery, the costumes (from leading designers such as Patricia Field, Vivienne Westwood, and Gilles Montezin), and the accessories. And how can one forget Carrie’s wedding dress that was designed by Westwood? If you’re looking for a film that’s all about drama, romance, fun, and fashion, you shouldn’t miss this one. 

Ladybird (2018)

This 2018 film, directed by Greta Gerwig (the director of the box-office hit Barbie), revolves around the life of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a rebellious high-school senior student who's finding her voice. It is a reflection of fashion and style of early 2000s (2002 and 2003, specifically). The protagonist, in addition to donning her school uniform, adds a charm to school life with her polos, long skirts and Skechers, ying-yang necklaces, bracelets, and the pink ribbons. Her prom dress stands out like no other—the magenta-hued, sequinned dress with floral embellishments. The last scene gives one ample food for thought with regards to fashion and the character arc of the protagonist. Being more Christine than "Lady Bird", we see her in her truest self in a blazer, striped T-shirt, jeans, and a heeled boot. It’s a remarkable shift in her character and a sign that things are changing in the fashion world as well. 

Booksmart (2019)

You may have seen a host of high-school movies, but you’d certainly remember this one for its fashion and costumes game. Designer April Napier, who worked on Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’, created distinct looks, much like the personalities of every character in the film. For instance, the class president, Molly dons a mustard turtleneck and blazer at the school farewell despite everyone else wearing shorts, then there’s the other overachiever, Amy whose jean jacket has feminist slogans sewn all over, and so on. The costumes not only reflect the vibrant personalities of these students, but also support the events in the story take the narrative ahead. And that’s exactly why you and your girl friends shouldn’t miss out on this film.