Not long ago, I typed “Hermès Red Kelly” into a Google search, as one does from time to time (if you are me), and came across pictures featuring Vanessa Paradis—Johnny Depp’s former partner and mother of his two children—and Romain Duris, who played Yves in the film Le Divorce (which also features a red Kelly, are you noticing a pattern here?). They starred together in a movie from 2010 called Heartbreaker, which I had never even heard of before, and it could not have been more perfect for me to see right about now! It was honestly like a little vacation since it is set in Monaco, which I have had on my mind for a year now, after hearing that my grandparents went there in the mid-1970s as part of a tour of France and Italy and won big at the Casino de Monte-Carlo!
|I loved this street shot, as well as the yellow dress on Vanessa.|
Heartbreaker (in French, L’arnacoeur) is a very fun and escapist film and perfect for summer viewing. Romain Duris plays a man named Alex who breaks up couples for a living, with the help of his sister and brother-in-law. The team have 10 days to break up the wedding of Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and Jonathan (played by Andrew Lincoln, you will recognize him). I especially loved the antics between Romain Duris and Julie Ferrier, who played his sister, Mélanie, and the hilarious François Damiens, who plays his brother-in-law, Marc. The three of them had great chemistry together and gave the film a lot of its zip and energy. What I also loved, beyond the scenes on the streets in glamorous Monaco (J’adore!), were the costumes!
|Detail of the dress bodice and I concur with Romain’s sentiments about the bag!|
|In a Chanel jacket, one that I adore!|
The costume designer was Charlotte Betaillole and I think she did an amazing job striking the right balance between a wardrobe a rich girl would have—lots of Chanel, Céline, Hermès, and Lolita Lempicka here—but making it believable—the Kelly is not out-of-the-box new, it looks lived-in and slouchy, which is just perfection. What she also did well is really suit the coloring and fine-boned features of Vanessa Paradis, who is very striking and ethereal-looking, almost as if she is from another time. I had never seen her in a film before so this was a nice introduction to her work. Charlotte dressed Vanessa in interesting colors and with a mix of floaty and feminine blouses and dresses in some scenes, and more tailored and masculine looks in others.
|In Chanel sunglasses and an Hermès scarf.|
|This blouse is quite flowy and draped. It goes so well with cropped pants!|
I have a pet theory that costuming a modern film is the hardest work of all for a costume designer but Charlotte shows us that in the right hands it can be done and done well!
|This was such a good evening gown for Vanessa, she looked so sophisticated and beautiful in it.|
|A great bodice on this gown!|
|I loved the back details of the gown too.|
I’ve screencapped some of my favorite costumes in the movie, with other pictures coming from IMDB and a Vogue UK article I found on Vanessa’s film wardrobe. My favorite outfit of hers in the movie, hands down, is the cropped black pants, spectator pumps, jacket with draped sleeveless blouse underneath and the red Kelly. Such a great combination!
|My favorite look on Vanessa.|
|Another shot of the Kelly.|
|Another perfect costume on Vanessa.|
|Such a lovely feminine sweater. And the dialogue makes me laugh!|
|Vanessa in a gorgeous Lolita Lempicka wedding gown, with, L to R, Romain Duris, Julie Ferrier, and François Damiens.|
The wedding dress Vanessa wears in the film is lovely combination of romantic, antique-looking, and beachy, all at once. It makes perfect sense against the background of Monaco’s pale blue water and sky.
|With Jacques Frantz as her father.|
|A side view of the dreamy wedding gown against a lovely view of the water!|
I read somewhere that there is a plan to make a U.S. version of this movie. I told this to my husband, who watched it with me and actually enjoyed it, and we agreed—they will ruin it if they try to make an American version! Hey American film producers, leave this one alone!
If you need a trip to Monaco (don’t we all?), a few laughs, and great modern costumes, add Heartbreaker to your Netflix list!