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Lessons to learn from ‘Metropolitan’: the most stylish Christmas film

Christmas is the time of giving and eating copious amounts, but not necessarily a season associated with style. But if you're an Upper East Side socialite, it's the time to get your glad rags on for debutante season.

Whit Stillman’s debut feature Metropolitan, set in a time “not so long ago”, evokes 80s vibes so strong you can almost feel the satin frills and taste the trifle. Quite possibly the only stylish film set at Christmas (unless you want to delve into the Is-Die-Hard-A-Christmas-Film debate, of course), Stillman gives us a sneak peek into how the other half do the holidays.

An Oscar-nominated script, it’s full of little treasures like “it’s a tiny bit arrogant of people to go around worrying about those less fortunate”, and deeply existential conversations about the things the upper class worry about, like detachable collars. Talking like they just walked out of the 18th-century books they love to discuss and rarely wearing in anything other than formalwear, they aren’t the most relatable bunch: but boy do they know how to wear a bowtie. Definitely the generation who the Gossip Girl lot learnt their way from (there’s even a ‘Serena’ for crying out loud), you too can learn some style lessons from the most fancy festive film around…

satin pouffs aren’t just for exhibitionists

nothing says melancholia like a lonely debutante in lace

DETACHABLE COLLARS SHOULDN’T BE LEFT IN THE PAST

WHITE AFTER LABOUR DAY IS OK IF ITS THE UPPER EAST SIDE

BOWTIES PROVE EXISTENTIAL UNDERSTANDING

FRILLS AND FRINGES GO TOGETHER LIKE CHALK AND CHEESE

24 December 2018