Why Tilda Swinton Should Be Your Summer Style Guru

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There are films, and then there are films that are directed by Luca Guadagnino, set in Italy, starring Tilda Swinton, and featuring wardrobe by Raf Simons during his time at Dior. Released earlier this year, A Bigger Splash marked Swinton, Guadagnino, and Simons' second film collaboration (the first was I Am Love) — and it made everyone want to go on holiday looking fabulous.

Basically: Swinton plays Marianne Lane, a world-famous rock star holidaying in the sleepy Italian town of Pantelleria. (Right? We know.) Though her character is recovering from throat surgery, which renders her speechless for the entire two hours of film, leave it to Swinton to remain as captivating as ever. Oh, and she's joined by a rather sweaty Matthias Schoenaerts, a wickedly pompous Ralph Fiennes, and a brooding, scantily-clad Dakota Johnson.

If you're unfamiliar with Guadagnino's style, it's filled with long, lingering shots of nature, close-ups of food, silences (and lots of them), sumptuous sceneries, grandiose architecture, and breathtaking styling.

Simons worked with Guadagnino's friend, costume designer Giulia Piersanti, on the wardrobe. She told i-D about the inspiration for Marianne's clothes:

We specifically wanted Marianne Lane, Tilda's character, to be a bit more elegant than her surroundings. It was important for her to have a wardrobe that was a bit over-the-top. In the end it was also important in the acting and portrayal of the character for her to be nonchalant about it and very effortless. She's a star, and she doesn't hide it. Even when she goes out into the piazza, she's a bit overly dressed, like an old movie star would be. She needed to keep that glamour in her wardrobe.

Despite the striking simplicity of Marianne's style (billowing jumpsuits, shirt-dresses, and thong sandals), it's the details that make this film one of the finest examples we've seen of dressing well in the heat. For your viewing pleasure (but still — watch the film), we've selected the most memorable fashion moments. Warning: You will want to do away with all your hot pants, crop your hair, and buy some silver shades, pronto.
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This steamy moment was made hotter by the butter-soft leather beige dress Swinton wore.
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Swinton barely takes her silver shades off, and her Mediterranean-sea-blue shirt (which was a collaboration with Charvet) is something everyone should pack to wear over swimwear.
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A simple, white bathing suit made interesting by the cut-away effect and backless reveal.
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Swinton's dramatic look of a black blouse and billowing white skirt, cinched by a thick leather belt, is proof that style on holiday doesn't have to be a compromise.
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The duo's chemistry on-screen is electric, as is the Hollywood glamour of Swinton's modern Monroe jumpsuit and gold eyeshadow. Perfect against the town's painted houses.
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Piersanti explained to i-D why this look was her favorite in the film: "Tilda's look at the end of the movie, where she's wearing a big checked skirt and matching top. We went to Dior with this picture of Ingrid Bergman from Journey to Italy, where she has this big heavy checked coat and wool skirt, and we turned it into something very modern and summery."
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This shirt is everything. The twisted seam, the button detail. Oh Tilda...
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