Style note: red leather gloves


My style inspiration can spring from absolutely anything. It’s not hard to guess though that one of my major sources is the film world. This time it was Isabelle Huppert and her red gloves in the film L’ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power, 2006), directed by Claude Chabrol. She plays Jeanne Charmant-Killman, a fierce, dedicated French investigating magistrate who embarks on uncovering a vast web of corruption at the highest levels. Her outfits are sober, neutral-toned, but her accessories are very studied: red gloves, pink-rimmed glasses. She even wanted to call the film Red Gloves to suggest that from the very moment one exercises a power over human beings, one’s hands redden. Isabelle says that her original glasses reveal a sign of self-affirmation and a touch of femininity. It’s easy to imagine a well-dressed judge, but in case of a woman it can be an indication of her power and beliefs. And then, a certain elegance lends Jeanne confidence when confronting all those men. Yet another example of how costume works to fulfill the director’s vision.


Accessories might not play a crucial role in our daily lives, but they play an important part. For a long time I’ve wanted a pair of red gloves as an accent colour for my monochrome or neutral toned outfits: I like the element of surprise, one that says that I carry on expressing my personal style, but I don’t get stuck in it. I would choose bright red for a contrasting effect with my wardrobe (like at Pringle of Scotland top left and Ralph Lauren), or popping a little unexpected in a colour scheme (Pringle of Scotland top right and Givenchy), or maybe as a more understated alternative, burgundy, to blend in with other shades of red (Diane von Furstenberg). Played well, a pair of red gloves is guaranteed to make a style statement.


I wish you  a wonderful weekend!

Source for film costume details: production notes L’ivresse du pouvoir, including an interview with Claude Chabrol and Isabelle Huppert
photos: 1,2-Pringle of Scotland Fall/Winter 2012-2013, / 3,4-Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2012-2013, / 5- Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012-2013, / 6-Givenchy Fall/Winter 2012-2013,

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