July 22, 2009

midnight in the garden of good and evil

One of the many great movies I have seen recently is a little movie called Gardens of the Night. The movie originally caught my eye because of the subject matter. I thought it sounded like an interesting perspective; to follow two young children, both kidnapped around the same time, as they grow up on the street and kind of form their own family after they are taken from their parents.

Needless to say the movie was sad, but the movie was also beautiful and soulful and engaging. The young actors flawlessly portrayed two abandoned children hanging on for dear life.

After the first half, Gardens jumped ahead until the two kids were teenagers growing up on the streets of San Diego in the 80s. The acting was still good, but weirdly the thing that caught my eye more here was the fashion. Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest of places.

The main character, Leslie, had a pretty expansive wardrobe for a girl on the street...but ignoring that point it was very thrown together and carefree. Think California skater meets bohemian hitchhiker. Lots of tangled delicate chain necklaces, chunky rings, dirty waves of blonde hair, cut off cargo shorts, colorful suede booties, studded leather jackets, cut-up muscle tees and lacy mini dresses.

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