I’ve been wanting to write this post since I started blogging about the joys of autumn, but it’s generally been too nice a day to do so. My feelings were mixed therefore this morning, when I pulled back the drapes (they’re 10ft, so I guess that means they’re drapes?) to see the rain battered window panes behind them. I thought that there was no point posting about fabulous autumnal days when, instead of sitting inside reading / writing, we could spend time outside kicking leaves about. I have been doing a bit of leaf-kicking in the grounds of Trinity myself! But a rainy day meant that I could finally indulge myself in this post.
It is the glorious autumn sunshine, the kind we’ve had a fair amount of this month that inspires me and makes me want to write. It also makes me want to watch movies set in Massachusetts, more specifically, Cambridge, MA. It is the part of Boston that is home to both MIT and Harvard and is one of the most popular parts of the US to film seasons and seasonal changes. The 1970 film, Love Story is a perfect example of the portrayal of seasonal Massachusetts. It’s based at Harvard University and before you groan and grumble that this is a fashion blog and ask what this post has to do with fashion, hang on.
Love Story is amazing for late 60’s autumn fashion; if you’ve seen it then you’ll know that it stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neill. (Ali MacGraw was once part of the hottest couple of their time, the rather handsome Steve McQueen, being the other). It is Ali MacGraw’s character, Jennifer Cavalleri’s wardrobe that I refer to when I talk about the perfect autumnal fashion in Love Story. From the beginning of the movie, through to the winter scenes her wardrobe is fantastic; I have posted images of the character below, interspersed with a few pics of Boston and our very own TCD, in the ‘Fall’.
To get the Jennifer Cavalleri look, think Camel coats, with the collar turned up at the back; accessorised with knee-high, fur-lined boots, a faux-fur Russian-style hat or a woollen hat and scarf in University colours. Underneath that, think colour-block dresses, simple skirts belted at the waist and red or black opaque tights. Finish off the look with some on-trend over-sized glasses, et voila.
Fall Boston by Mark Grayden
Images from, Love Story, Facebook, TCD.ie, Boston Press, Corbis and Mark Grayden