My Woman Crush Wednesday for today is Tilda Swinton. Swinton is one of my favorite actresses. She has an incredible depth of talent, and I respect the choices she makes in films. She is also a fashion icon of mine. I searched for photos of her to share on this post, and I truly could’ve shared every single one. I spared you, but I think everything about her–her hair, the androgyny, and her mind is captivating. She takes incredible risks in fashion and in film, and I’ve never seen it not work for her. I think it kinda seems like Tilda is an alien who arrived here on Earth, gracing us all with her presence. Boy, does she have presence.
It’s hard to choose just one role as my favorite, but I think her role of Emma Recchi in I Am Love is the one I appreciate the most. The film is definitely one in my top ten list, if not my favorite (trailer below). It’s the most hedonistic, edge of your seat, oozing sensuality and vibrating piece of art that has cast it’s spell over me. Since getting older, I’ve found that the movies I like the most are basically what I imagine Matisse’s Bonheur de Vivre to be like if it suddenly got up from the canvas. The films I love have a heavy dose of sucking the marrow out of life and the pursuit of pleasure. Two of the feelings that make me feel most alive are potential and anticipation, and I appreciate anything that makes me become uncomfortable with being stagnant. I think it’s easy for all of us to fall into a pattern of comfort (man, I’m queen of that), but I don’t think that’s how one is supposed to truly live. It’s to Swinton’s credit that she makes the audience believe in the role of Emma, a character who breathes life into a monotonous existence of affluence. It would easy to eye roll this as a tale of a poor little rich girl if not for the depth Tilda lends to the character. What’s your favorite Tilda Swinton role? I’ve seen several of her films, but I’m always on the lookout for more or great articles to read about her.
All three photos below were taken from this article on the fashion of the film. And yes, the fashion by Raf Simons is everything.