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  • 25 Oct

Top 5 Retail Therapy Films

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We’ve always been retail fans here, but now Vue Cinemas are a client, what better excuse is there for us to combine films and fashion? Below is a rundown of the movies we think are most likely to make you long to hit the shops:

5. Die Another Day 2006: Ok so it’s technically not a fashion film, but the amount of product placement in the movie earned it the tongue-in-cheek nickname ‘Buy Another Day’. According to the fount of all knowledge that is Wikipedia, a whopping 20 companies, paying a reported $70 million, had their products featured in the film – a record at the time.

4. Marie Antoinette 2006: Prior to her unfortunate end, life was one long shopping spree for the title heroine of this film, however critics have pointed out that a lot of the outfits modelled by actress Kirsten Dunst weren’t in existence at the time of the French Revolution. The Internet Movie Database maintains that the Converse All Star 1923 Chuck Taylor basketball shoes and hot pink costumes were intentional mistakes however.

3. Pretty Woman 1990: Other films, such as ‘She’s All That’ (1999) have tried to emulate Pretty Woman, but the latter remains the ultimate makeover movie. The best scene has to be when the unhelpful shop assistant on Rodeo Drive gets her comeuppance – a warning to snooty staff in designer stores everywhere.

2. Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009: It may come as a shock to many people that this isn’t occupying the top spot. The main reason why, is when heroine Bex is forced between romance and shopping she goes with the former!  However we’ll let her off the hook as her love interest Hugh Dancy is pretty cute… and there’s a happy ending when she’s reunited with her beloved green scarf.

1. Sex and the City 2008: Naturally – where else could we place the film that followed the series which immortalised Manolo Blahnik and corsages? There are too many classic shopping moments to choose from in the movie, but the best outfit has to be the gorgeous Vivienne Westwood dress that Carrie wears to her ill-fated first wedding.

Have there been any major omissions here? Let us know if we haven’t included your ultimate feel-good fashion film – if your suggestion is good enough we’ll add it to the list.

Other suggestions include:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961 (Courtesy of David P)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Courtesy of Christine T)

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