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American Hustle

American Hustle

| On 16, Dec 2013

American Hustle will have you leaving the cinema with a new adopted 70’s persona.

Written and directed by The Silver Linings Playbook’s David O.  Russell, the film is loosely based on a true story – the Abscam affair.

Despite the captivating plot-line of this film, the fact that there was perpetual action, and scene-stealing Jennifer Lawrence making up the second half of the movie, I could only concentrate on one thing – the clothes… and what an on set wardrobe they would have had.

Amy Adams was constantly dressed in the most outrageous, tightest, sexiest dresses you could find, always with a plunging neckline leaving little to the imagination.

Jennifer Lawrence was the queen of the curled beehive, and was donning bright red, tacky fake nails and anything sparkly she could find… and I personally have never wanted to be a hot mess anymore in my life than I did watching her – man, she made it look good!

Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale paid homage to suave, pseudo-hidden American gangsters at the time, wearing velvet paisley jackets, pocket squares and polyester ties.

Some argue the 70s are best left in the past, but American Hustle proved to us once again how seductive they can be.

The tight curls, the ill-fitting dresses, the peppermint coloured suits, and the Elvis quiffs all added to the air of the era, and I’m heading off as soon as I can to fetch myself some new additions to my wardrobe, to make me look more like I have stepped straight off the set of the film.

My main targets to achieve a look like this are Box Vintage in West End, Retro Metro in Paddington, and Sunday Social in Fortitude Valley.

Fashion aside, American Hustle was one of the best films I have seen all year, and all the Oscar buzz is not unprecedented… If the film doesn’t take one out, J Law surely will.