Character Study: Nicole Kidman in Hemingway & Gellhorn


Style editor Linda Immediato takes requests and puts together modern looks based on characters (real and imagined) that have captured the sartorial aspirations of friends, readers, and colleagues.

This week, the request comes from LA Mag senior editor Elina Shatkin:

“As a movie, Hemingway and Gellhorn was hit and miss. As a fashion template, it was fantastic. Even as bombs were dropping and buildings were collapsing into rubble, Nicole Kidman managed to look like the most stylish war correspondent ever. Granted, she had a hair and makeup team daubing her with dirt in the most cinematic way possible, but it was more than that. It was the cut of her jib, specifically the cut of her high-waisted, wide-legged trousers. Not pants, mind you — trousers. The curse of current fashion trends is that most women don’t actually look good in stovepipe jeans. If you have hips or short legs or muscular thighs, good luck finding a pair that doesn’t make you look like a sausage stuffed into a too tight casing. The wide legged slacks of yore — similar to the sailor pants you might find at your local military surplus store — present most women with a much kinder and more flattering fit. They create a visual illusion: elongating the leg, narrowing the waist, and masking the unseemly jiggling of thighs. When paired with an off-white, gently V-necked blouse and colorful flats, a pair of high quality trousers (perhaps in gray, navy, or a warm tan shade) anchor a simple but elegant outfit that looks every bit as dashing in a modern newsroom as it did in the trenches of the Spanish Civil War.”

Notes: I took it two ways, a more direct interpretation with high-waisted, A-line silk trousers from 3.1 Phillip Lim (middle bottom) and a silk crepe de chine T by Alexander Wang blouse (middle top). But I fell in love with these Zac Posen wide leg, high-waisted pin-tucked trousers (far right bottom) and paired them with a Joie silk blouse for a more subtle and dressier nod to the look.