When Anya Taylor-Joy catapulted onto the world stage in The Queen’s Gambit, the world was enchanted by both her portrayal of chess champion, Beth Harmon, as well as the perfectly put together 1960s-era outfits she donned throughout the show.
Several months later, another major new role for the 25-year-old actor was announced—and surprise, surprise it was another 60s-extravaganza.
Directed by award-winning director Edgar Wright, Last Night In Soho is filling the Taylor-Joy-shaped hole in our era-obsessed hearts. The psychological horror film is due for release in Australia on November 18, but it’s already captured our attention with the first film stills and the trailer, where some of the on-point costuming can be seen.
The film is about an aspiring fashion designer (played by the just-as-captivating Thomason McKenzie), who is obsessed with the 1960s for its glitz, glamour, and most importantly, fashion. However, she begins experiencing visions of 60s-era London (or is it time travel?) and she becomes obsessed with a wannabe singer (Taylor-Joy). But her fetishisation for the decade might have been… misplaced. Soon, her life begins to spiral into something much darker.
Of course, we can hardly blame the lead character for idealising the decade. The swinging sixties were a time of liberation—hemlines were shorter, the hair higher and the makeup heavier. Sequins, satin and bright colours ruled the streets, particularly in London where the film is set. It couldn’t have been more different to the muted tones and modest silhouettes of 1950s fashion.
That’s exactly where the allure of the 60s comes from, that feeling of liberation, expression of self and hope for the future. Last Night In Soho captures that nostalgia to a tee.
So whether you’re a horror fan or not, there are some things in this film every fashionista needs to witness (if only for the wardrobe’s sake).
And if you, like us are feeling inspired by the style from the film, then keep scrolling as we pin-point our favourite items that’ll take you straight back to that defining decade.
Amanda Uprichard X Revolve Samba Dress, $367 at Revolve.
Closet London High Neck Shift Dress, $138 at ASOS.
Belle Chiffon Ruffle Mini Dress, $400 at Reiss
Bec + Bridge Deon Mini Dress, $220 at The Iconic.
Emilia Wickstead Talia Cloqué Minidress, $1,359 at My Theresa.
Lola Hemp Twill Mini Dress, $70 at Afends.
Alice McCall Mamacita Skivvy Lace Blouse, $223 at Farfetch.
Alexandre Vaulthier Oversized Double-Breasted Patent Leather Coat, $1,828 at Matches Fashion.
Burgundy Faux Patent Leather Coat, $793 at Wolf & Badger.
Dazie Up Your Game Trench, $85 at The Iconic.