If my past Living In subjects are any indication, I’m a sucker for old-time favorites. I rarely drag myself out to the theater but this summer I made an exception for I Am Love, a spellbinding epic Italian melodrama that completely captivated me. The fact that I saw this movie on the hottest day of the year and blissfully shivered in the air conditioning while drinking an entire large ginger ale may have influenced my reaction. Regardless, I Am Love makes for an especially good escape movie (and not just from the heat). Odds are, you’re not a member of an exclusive, successful Milanese textile family. That’s okay, I’m not either. But let’s pretend, starting now.
Images above: 1. White Pearl Studs, $64; 2. Wild Alaskan Prawns, $19/lb; 3. Theory Shift Dress, $520; 4. Rupert Sanderson Pumps, $260; 5. Mauviel Copper Cookware Set, $1,000; 6. Vestal Unisex Watch, $280; 7. Canvas and Leather Handbag, $313; 8. Culinary Torch, $28
The interiors are impeccable. The the clothes are impeccable. Every teeny, tiny detail is impeccable. Even the impeccableness is just so darn . . . impeccable. The brooding Italian men aren’t half bad, either, and Tilda Swinton is her usual flawless herself. Movies this perfectly put together must be seen on the big screen. If you can still catch it at your local theater, tell them I sent you and eat a bag of popcorn in my honor.
Images above: 1. Antique European Tapestry, $4,500; 2. Long Braided Chain with Pearls, $150; 3. Crystal 6 Arm Chandelier, $275; 4. Vintage Gold Leaf Mirror, $595; 5. Crystal Cushion Ring, $85; 6. Greenwich Chair, $1,595; 7. French Champagne Flute, $150; 8. Ichibad Side Table, $1,395