La La Land wound up becoming one of my favorite films because it was traditionally untraditional. It merged dance, music and romance seamlessly, while remaining youthful and relevant. It also didn’t hurt that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling played the leads. The influence of Singin’ in the Rain and the Umbrellas of Cherbourg was indisputable, but reminded me so much of why I love musicals in the first place. Beyond the strong, fleshed out characters, the plot was captivating. On screen, as in real life, the way that our lives intertwine can as easily come apart.

I loved the role that the wardrobe played in the film, through vibrant colors, patterns, and silhouettes. Mia (Stone’s character) had a dynamic personal style, marked initially by bright and vivacious yellow and blue tones that over time transitioned into deeper, more subdued grays and blacks. This comes as no surprise as the prospects of her original “dream” dwindle, or simply change throughout the movie. After googling one too many of her outfits, I was inspired to modernize 50s fashion.

Final verdict: La La Land is worth the hype, despite what some critics have to tell you.Still skeptical? I recommend taking a listen to the movie’s soundtrack.

Stay posted for another look inspired by the film coming to your computer screens soon.

Keep up with my shenanigans! Instagram: @nicoleakerman

Blouse: H&M/Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft/ Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters /Accessories: Forever 21



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