I think we could all use a little bit of an escape after the events of the week. How about a night at the movies?
One film I'm excited to see is the new adaptation of one of my all-time favorite novels, Anna Karenina. While I didn't love director Joe Wright's take on another most-treasured book, Pride and Prejudice (give me the BBC version any day), Jacqueline Durran's costumes look to be worth the price of the ticket. She dressed Keira Knightley in both P&P and Atonement - remember that amazing green dress?
In a recent interview with New York Magazine's The Cut blog, Jacqueline described her process for creating the look for Anna Karenina, a mash up of the 1950s and the 1870s (the era in which the film is set), influenced by the archives from Balenciaga and Dior.
"I'm not trying to do accurate period costumes, but some kind of hybrid, something new," she told The Cut. "It was really about getting the shape of the 1870s and taking away all of the trimmings and laying really recognizable fifties details on top, which I hope made it clear that I'm not trying to do accurate period costumes."
Dripping with diamonds and pearls - all real and almost exclusively Chanel, estimated at $2 million a piece - Anna's story is told in part by her jewels.
"It was about finding the most flattering and interesting ways of always adding diamonds to her costume, because it was part of the idea of Anna that she would always have diamonds around her," Jacqueline explains. "If she wasn't wearing diamonds, she'd be wearing ropes and ropes of real pearls. There was always an air of opulence and extravagance, and that was one of the things we did to emphasize those traits of character."
Click here for more of The Cut's interview with Jacqueline Durrand. The film opens November 16.
What do you think? Can a movie ever be as good as the book? What's your favorite costume drama?