Girls On Film: The Runaways Triggers A Fashion Revival

10/09/2010 14:52 | Updated 22 May 2015
The Runaways, the much-lauded biopic starring Twilight contemporaries Kristen Stewart as the indomitable Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, charts the lightening fast rise and eventual fall of the pioneering all-girl proto-punk band.

The original group, Joan Jett second from left, Cherie Currie centre. photo:Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Set between 1975 and 1977, it's a dark and dirty tale chock full of seamy nightclubs, sleazy men, screechy songs heavy with double entendres, lots of sex and drugs – and some of the best recent fashion on film.

Stewart as Jett channels the rock star's jagged style to a tea – she's all mullety hair, dark eyeliner and everything leather (trousers, jackets, vests, armbands), while Fanning reminds us that Currie pranced in her pants long before Lady GaGa was a twinkle in her daddy's eye.

Stewart and Fanning in character. photo: Courtesy Entertainment One films

This edgier style is the perfect antidote to all that Mad Men-inspired cocktail hour polish that's dominating the fashion pages at the minute. We're talking snake hips over cinched waists, wide-legged denim over ballerina-length printed skirts, ropes of necklaces and studs over pearl earrings and Alice bands, and - thankfully - black with random splashes of colour trumping camel and beige everything.

L to R: Gucci, Givenchy, Balmain, Burberry all a/w 2010. photos: Imaxtree\PA

And, you only have to look a little closer at the new season's collections to see that this subversive style has also caught the attention of some of our favourite designers. We love Gucci's cropped bomber jackets, Givenchy's bright red blazer, all things Balmain (especially brocade blazers and blouses spouting ruffles) and Burberry (over the knee boots, aviators and attitude).

We say be brave and try it all – except perhaps that mullet.

The Runaways opens in cinemas on 10 September. Until then, check out the video below for a sneak peak of the film.


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