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Fashion designers have always found their ‘inspiration’ from films. But how could a designer make a flick reference his or her own? Splash a shot of Ursula "The Little Mermaid" fame on a sweatshirt? Oh no! Well !!! that’s precisely what Bobby Abley did for his first solo spring collection 2015 in London. Still, there are many more designers -- the gifted Mr. Thom Browne, the sinfulMiuccia Prada -- who use elements from well-known cinematic experiences to enrich the power of their exhibitions. That’s it for description. Over to pictures to do the talking.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Thom Browne Fall 2014

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It is anyone’s guess that the look from Thom Browne’s fall 2014 show and a outfit from ’Hunger Game: Catching Fire’are like two peas in a pod. The dystopian fable ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ was released three months prior to the show where Thom Browne showed his collection for fall 2014, and it must have instantaneously caught the designer's eye. And that should not be a surprise, perhaps-- Trish Summerville's outfits for the film got a great deal of media attention in the lead up to to its debut, and Browne's shows have long been known to have played on dark themesof ruthless violence and female empowerment (or lack thereof).

The Little Mermaid /Bobby Abley Spring 2015

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Ursula’s smile featues on a Bobby Abley sweatshirt showcased in his spring 2015 show in London. When MAN finalist Bobby Ableydisplayedsneering Disney icons on neoprene-y sweatshirts, you must have had a grin, as well. Obviously, not much thought goes behind this kind of fast fashion, but Albeydeserves an applause for scandalously displaying his Disney fanboy side.

The Grand Budapest Hotel / Anna Sui Fall 2014

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A Wes Anderson movie is such a mouthwateringfeast for the eyes that one will want to lick the screen. Which is why numerous designers appreciate the director and study his palette when they crave for rich, edible hues for the season.

 

Muholland Drive / Prada Fall 2013

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Amanda Murphy looked very much like Rita (Laura Harring) in Muholland Drivewhen took to the ramp at Prada’s fall 2013 show in Milan. In fact, many people loathed that movie. The New York Observer declared it as “a moronic and incoherent piece of garbage.” Butfor fashion gods Lynch issomeone from their own clan because as a director he isn’t scared to trade clarity for cerebral disorder. His movies are much like those vibrant dreams we all have and don’t quite comprehend but still can’t wait to tell the whole world about the next day -- similar, in essence, to Prada's fall 2013 display, with its cryptic set and unnerving score that exuded mystery.

 

Vertigo / Ralph Lauren Fall 2014


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‘Vertigo,’ much like fashion, is a flick about romantic fixation. And that’s exactly what Ralph Lauren had in his mind for his    fall 2014 showin London where Sasha Lussdid her best Kim Novak. He used a gray palette to paint imageries of enigmatic  Hitchcock blondes, looking as if they just appearedout of the San Francisco fog.