Having just made the film, starring Chloë Sévigny, director Whit Stillman adapted his screenplay into a book. The Last Days of Disco follows a group of young people in the early 1980s at the Club in Manhattan, an alter ego of Studio 54. With intertwining love lives and existential doubts, Whit Stillman‘s portrays a changing time when disco symbolizes the innocence of a city and a new generation that will soon be lost. A gripping book, both as funny as it is melancholy
By Nelly Kaprièlian, translated by Ruby Norris and Isabelle Granger
Chloe Sevigny talks to ELLE about her upcoming projects (she’s very busy), fashion, TV, and the ’90s trend.
You’re also doing an Amazon series with Whit Stillman, right?
Yes! So far, we’ve only shot the pilot, and it’s very Whit. The script has his voice, which I really love, and it has a similar cadence to his other movies, and a really subversive humor and intellect. It’s a comedy, obviously, called The Cosmopolitans and it’s about searching for love in Paris.
Kerry Pieri talks about the aesthetic in Disco, how one of its costume designers also worked on Lolita, and how the early eighties were a great time for fashion.
The very early ’80s is very different than the rest of the 1980s, more minimal, streamlined and, in short, ’70s. But there is a decidedly preppy vibe that is imbued in the daytime looks of Alice (Sevigny) and Charlotte (Beckinsale)—think khaki A-line midi skirts, striped tops, blue blazers, chambray shirt dresses and oxford button-downs.
The style from Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco is talked about in this Esquire article by Calum Marsh.
The Madras Blazer
“I remember the cool guys going to work in New York in the ’60s, maybe in August, wearing them”, explained Whit Stillman in an interview with film critic Miriam Bale last year. “I love them. They’re so light and comfortable, and I think they can be so good-looking.” Chris Eigeman, who wears one as Des in this scene, apparently disagreed, claiming on the DVD commentary that he thought it was ugly. Prove him wrong with a colorful offering from Gant.