Sunday, September 30, 2007

Wes Anderson Returns: The Darjeeling Limited

Although it makes my film student friends cringe and roll their eyes, I can't deny that I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson. A lot of times my devotion to his films is written off as some type of hipster fad, but really it's because I love his strong sense of style. He has a clear vision of what he wants and sticks to it. I find that admirable.

(Stepping off soap box now). So given my love of all things Wes Anderson, it should come as no surprise that I'm very excited about his upcoming movie The Darjeeling Limited, starring Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody. And of course, no Anderson film would be complete without an amazing soundtrack.

I can only assume that Wes Anderson is a fan of fashion. Angelica Houston carries around a Hermes Kelly bag in The Royal Tenenbaums, jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia has been in a number of his films, and then there's those great special edition Adidas sneakers from The Life Aquatic. The fashion connection in The Darjeeling Limited? Specially designed Louis Vuitton luggage by Marc Jacobs himself. Plus, the three main characters spend their time running around India in LV suits. Not too shabby.

The luggage pattern was designed by Wes Anderson's brother Eric Anderson (whose great illustrations can be found on the walls of the Tenenbaum's house and in his book Chuck Dugan is AWOL). The luggage will be auctioned off blah, blah, blah. Basically it won't be replicated. So even if I had a couple of thousand - make that tens of thousands - to spend on luggage, there would be no way to get my hands on it. So that leaves me with no option other than to drool over the images below.



Anonymous said...

did you see the 13 minute "Hotel Chevalier" prologue to the Darjeeling Limited?

i think itunes has it for free download.

WendyB said...

I saw the movie and I was so distracted by the luggage and over-obvious metaphor! :-(

AsianCajuns said...

Hey Luis, I haven't checked it out yet - mostly because I'm not much of a Natalie Portman fan, but I'll give it a try!

Wendy B, yeah, that's kind of what the reviews are saying. So maybe Wes Anderson over indulged in his color-coordinated aesthetic. But I can't help myself - I'm going to go see it ;)

WendyB said...

Oh, yeah, definitely go see it. It was actually better than I expected but I wanted to burn that luggage by the end!

Vintage Bunny said...

is it out yet ?