“Love Story” is a 1970 film directed by Arthur Hiller starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s one of the most successful romantic films ever.
Who doesn’t know the famous line “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”? I admit that I find these words quite nonsense and I’m not the only one. In 1972 film “What’s Up, Doc?” Barbra Streisand’s character says this line to her co-star, Ryan O’Neal, and he replies “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard”. But let’s go back to the film.
“Love Story” is the story of Jenny and Oliver, two college students from different social classes. Oliver, whose full name is Oliver Barrett IV, is the heir of a billionaire family and studies law at Harvard while Jenny (Jennifer Cavalleri), who describes herself as a “social zero”, studies music at Radliffe.
The difference between their social background doesn’t prevent Oliver from wanting to marry her despise the opposition of his family, who cut ties with him.
Their happy life together is not meant to last and the films ends tragically (I don’t want to spoil in case some of you didn’t see it).
“Love Story” is set in Boston and New York in the early ’70s and we all know how stylish those years were. Costume designers Pearl Somner and Alice Manougian Martin did an excellent job, creating timeless looks for both characters even if, of course, Jenny’s style is the main star of the film.
I wonder if the two costume designers were vaguely aware that they were creating something so memorable and inspiring.
Ali MacGraw/Jenny’s wardrobe is simple but yet impressive. Designers still take inspiration from it.
A peacoat, coats in neutral colors, chunky knitwear and plaid garments, scarves and beanies, a lovely red dress and a chic timeless summer outfit are the main ingredients of Jennifer’s wardrobe.
Ryan O’Neal/Oliver’s outfits are classy and timeless as well. Oliver wears chunky sweater, pullovers in pastel colors, well cut pants, Glen plaid, checkered and twill jackets and coats, a shearling and trench coat.
Recreating their ultimate preppy style is not difficult.
“Love Story” is a film that every fashionista should watch with attention and probably with a box of paper tissues close at hand. It’s really fundamental for a fashion lover.
Did you know that before starting an acting career Ali MacGraw worked as Diana Vreeland’s assistant at Harper’s Bazaar?
And that she was supposed to play Daisy in “The Great Gatsby” adaptation of 1974? Her husband, producer Robert Evans, bought the rights of the book so she could play Gatsby’s object of desire, but she left him for Steve McQueen and Mia Farrow ended up playing Daisy Buchanan (and that’s why many people think that Daisy is blonde, because they identify her with Farrow, but I’ll talk about it in “The Great Gatsby” post).
Here are some photos of “Love Story” and the inspiring style of Jenny and Oliver and here you can see a tribute video to Jenny’s style, where you can see a beautiful white dress she wears for breakfast at home; I couldn’t find a photo of it.