Wes Anderson’s 2001 film “The Royal Tenenbaums” made American family dysfunction never look better. The movie was made up of an all-star cast including Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Owen Wilson, and more. Set in New York, the story follows a dysfunctional and eminent family who subsequently collapse from stardom. Characters are identified by their peculiar style which can be described as ironic. The film inspired a cult-like following for fashion inspiration.
Margot Tenenbaum, a literary genius is played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Her style is distinguished by her mink fur and Hermès bag. Underneath the mink, she would wear striped Lacoste dresses that would give her a child-like image. Several designers took to Margot’s trademark look and made full collections based on her outfits. Gucci, Maison Kitsune, Céline, Fendi, Miu Miu, and Jil Sander are only a few.
Richie, played by Luke Wilson, is a tennis prodigy, while Chas, played by Ben Stiller, is a math genius. Their styles refute their profession; Chas is often seen in a matching red Adidas tracksuit, while Chas wears an oversized blazer, sweatbands and sunglasses. In today’s cult movemente, Chas’ style push the ever popular athleisure trend. In the past seasons we have seen tracksuits fill runways of Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Palm Angels, VFiles, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and more. Wilson’s character Richie oversized blazer was a favorite for men. The washed-up tennis star inspired looks for Band of Outsiders and Thom Browne.
Anjelica Huston portrays Etheline Tenenbaum, an archaeologist and author, and mother of the Tenenbaum children. Etheline is often seen wearing suit sets that are a bit too short. Paco Rabanne, Burberry, and Rochas loved the idea of the power suit worn by Huston and recreated their own for collections. Etheline is also seen wearing long lace slip dresses. She is an intelligent woman who wants to be seen as sexy. Chloé, Proenza Schouler and La Perla are some brands that took Etheline’s slip dress and turned it into an everyday look.
Artwork by OLGA SOROKINA