Lately, scarves and magazines have found its way to being synonomous to each other. Only in movies perhaps, The Devil Wears Prada and Confessions of a Shopaholic have cleverly used a classic acessory define characters – scarves. Publisher Miranda Priestly of Runway Magazine in The Devil Wears Prada and the aspiring fashion editor Rebecca Bloomwood of Dantay West publishing house in Confessions of a Shopaholic both have their scarves adequately descripted to their characters. The (supposed) critically-acclaimed Miranda Priestly was infamous for her white silk Hermès scarves where she disposed daily, whereas Rebecca aka Becky always found a way to make her jasper green pleated silk scarf as a signature piece in any eclectic outfit.
After the successes of dressing the Sex and the City cast, it is no wonder Patricia Field was chosen as the costume designer for The Devil Wears Prada and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Field evinced that she was looking for a key piece for Rebecca Bloomwood’s wardrobe to carry out throughout the movie. Inspired by a sample Dolce & Gabanna scarf, she created the silk pleated scarf for the elusive Rebecca. In fact, The Girl in the Green Scarf” was used as Rebecca’s published persona in the movie. To much demand (and very little surprise I’m sure), Field created the scarf in masses and is currently being sold on her website. Like all good things, the scarf is on a heavy wait list but can be still purchased if you can withstand the delay. As if the scarf needed more desirability, it is on sale at 30% off.
Both scarves were used to colour two very distinct characteristics which I find to be brilliant. A simple and nonchalant accessory, yet enough to evoke the scripted charms of each character. Scarves are effortless, and whether the colour, material, size, texture, or even the way you drape it over your body, it always successfully conjure a different personality. Miranda Priestly wore a pristine white classic scarf that can only be afforded by the elite; the humourous Rebecca Bloomwood wore a bold primary-coloured (labeless) scarf that stood out from the world of blacks and whites. The girls didn’t only have scarves as their perfect accessory in common, but they both also basked in the seemingly glamourous world of publishing.
Whereas I am a bit peeved that the publishing industry was incorrectly depicted, I do agree that scarves were the perfect accessory to add “character” to these characters. If I were still in the publishing industry and interesting enough to have a movie scripted about me, I would have my creamy soft bamboo scarf as my signature piece. Made of sustainable material (bamboo), my luxurious prized posession was designed to be cast over a vary of different outfits, whether in Spring or Winter. It is the subdued cream colour that I love most, bright enough to be noticed, but neutral enough to match anything. So when that day comes where Universal Studios knocks on my door to chronicle my life of the good, bad, and the fabulous, I will tell them to use my coveted cream bamboo scarf as my signature piece to define me. Stay tuned.