When it comes to the big screen, they know how to throw a party.
From sophisticated dinner gatherings to all-night houseparty ragers, we’ve all fantasized about scoring an all-important invite to one of the iconic events we’ve seen on film and television. And it doesn’t all begin and end with the guest list and communal punch – oh no, the big screen party scene has been also home to some of the most seminal going-out looks. Whatever your occasion this party season, take a look at our 6 most iconic on screen party moments – and how to dress the part.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS (1961)
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - that's all that matters."
1950’s glamour at its absolute finest, the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is silver screen gold with the men looking dapper in their classic monochrome tailoring and the women dusting off their finery for Holly Golightly’s much anticipated soiree. In her role, Audrey Hepburn also wore one of the most iconic little black dresses of all time – so take her lead when it comes to a dinner party or formal event, keeping it simple with the addition of gold and, of course, pearls.
"Let's do a lap before we commit to a location."
In 1995, the cult gem that is Clueless blew up the teen comedy genre and its epicentre was its iconic Valley party scene, in which socialite Cher unsuccessfully plays matchmaker for her naive new friend, Tai, all whilst looking down right fabulous in her Anaia. The scene has it all, from 90’s high necklines and accessories to the incredible “rollin’ with the homies” dance move. Take inspiration this season in retro slip dresses and spaghetti straps, accessorising with faux fur detail – not restricted to Valley house parties!
THE GREAT GATSBY (2013)
"And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
Wild, loud and undoubtedly decadent, the art deco extravagance of the big party scenes of The Great Gatsby are enthralling and, as a result, a real source of inspiration for all out glamour this party season. Flapper scallop detail, fringing, lashings of sequins in gold and midnight blue – never have we been more envious of silver screen costuming. Grab your own Gatsby and evoke your inner Daisy Buchannan with a nod to 1920’s styling for your big Christimas parties and social events.
MEAN GIRLS (2004)
"I'm a mouse. Duh!"
When Cady Heron turned up in her scary Bride of Frankenstein (or “an ex-wife”) Halloween costume, it raised a few eyebrows for being a bit, would you believe, scary. But this is something to take on board as with time restraints, low key events and even an unwillingness to dress up generally, a classic DIY witch’s cat can be your life saver come All Hallo's Eve. Keep it simple with a svelt all-black silhouette – think disco jeans and crop tops for a perfect club feel.
COYOTE UGLY (2000)
"Is this a church meeting or is this a bar? Make some noise!"
While some women are good at singing, others good at dancing, and others good at yelling like crazy on a night out, the Coyote Ugly saloon bar had a place for all three. Wild routines with friends and letting your hair down was a must at every visit and, as such, required slipping into something a bit more comfortable and casual. Classic dark wash denim is a solid base for bar nights, easily elevated with sequin detail and a contrasting camisole.
"Just go crazy. See what happens."
Drifting away from the big screen to our living rooms, never have we felt such inadequacy when it came to our social lives until we watched skins. And then we remembered, there absolutely no way the house could get like that without someone's parents having something to say about it. Instead, avoid the destruction and embrace the out there style in all it’s colour clashing, club kid couture glory. Patent finished, acid brights and leopard print please!