femme fatale

femme fatale
THE CAT'S IN THE BAG... DESIGNED BY ELLI MEDEIROS

by Geoff Beran ( De Palma à la mod 2-1-03 )

Beginning this month, you can buy a replica of the unforgettable camouflage bag that Veronica uses to carry the money in Femme Fatale. The bag was designed by Elli Medeiros, who says that while she did not design the bag specifically for the film, it did happen to fit in with the camouflage outfit worn by Rie Rasmussen, which itself was designed by Medeiros' friend Jean Charles de Castelbajac. But where did Brian De Palma get the idea to go with a camouflage outfit to begin with? Medeiros explains, "Brian has very specific ideas about clothes and stuff and he gives very precise 'instructions' to the art department. He knows what he wants and he got along very well with Olivier Beriot. The camouflage idea came from this camouflage craze. Everybody was doing camouflage... Christian Dior, I think even Chanel, and I designed a bag that was made in all the fabrics of Jean Charles de Castelbajac's winter collection, including camouflage." Medeiros says that one evening, she was out for dinner with De Palma and his brother Bart, and she took them on "a little detour" to Castelbajac's Concepstore. "And it was all camouflage," she says, "dresses, suits, boots, shoes, the bag, hats, even sofas and teddybears. And Brian said it would be great to have Veronica always wearing camouflage, because during the whole movie we see her without seeing her face, and we are not supposed to know it is her. And use the bag to carry the money... So I spent an afternoon with Rie at JC de Castelbajac's, picking the outfits, and picked a 'camouflage' green for the miniskirt that goes with the snake."

DE PALMA'S EYE FOR FASHION
Medeiros, who inspired the opening jewel heist in Femme Fatale when she accompanied De Palma to the Cannes Film Festival wearing jewelry that needed bodyguards (in fact, the diamond-studded Chopard snake worn by Veronica in the film was designed by Medeiros), speaks highly of De Palma's eye for fashion. "Brian only wears safari jackets," she says, "but it's not because he's fashion insensitive. He really knows what looks good, and what makes a woman look good, how to make a woman look her best. He has a very good eye for clothes. It's part of the whole visual thing, a very sensitive eye." Medeiros says that Beriot recently had De Palma's favorite jacket copied in different colors.

To purchase a camouflage bag (in green or tan camouflage) from Chez Martin, designed by Elli Medeiros, visit Elli's web site at ellimedeiros.com, or click right here. While at her site, click around and visit her "Femme Fatale" page, as well as some of the other interesting ones.

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elli medeiros - photo © alex mahieu - montage geoff beran