Pretty Baby 1978 + Philosophy FW 2015
Almost 40 years later, Brooke Shields’ face, and her role in Pretty Baby continue to create a fuss and inspire many. Here’s a designer that can’t keep her of his mind.
Brooke Shields would have broken the internet even harder than the entire Kardashian in her early teens. From Blue Lagoon to her Calvin Klein ads, she was the Cara Delevingne of her time, with so much more controversy.
One of her biggest fans -we have no way of knowing that, but what the hell- was Philosophy creative director Lorenzo Serafini, who showed his first collection for the brand this February at Milan Fashion Week.
His mood board was full of pictures of Shields at a young age, and judging from the first six looks of his collection, there was a lot taken from Pretty Baby, her first movie at the age of twelve.
In the film Shields plays the daughter of a prostitute in the red light district of New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. During most part of the movie she spends her time in white, pijama like dresses, some more elegant than others, with ruffled necks, and embroided cuffs. Her mother -Susan Sarandon- and other prostitutes from the brothel are also seen in victorian white underwear, but the runway had Violet -Shields- all over the place, mixing innocence with sensuality, and not a hint of sexuality.
Violet’s sexual discovery comes towards the second half of the film, and for some reason, Serafini decided not to show that. Maybe he is still quite broken from that ending. I don’t blame him.