Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited opens this weekend, introducing us to another fantastic world created by Wes Anderson, and promising to be a movie with style.

The story is of three brothers (played by Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman) traveling through India by train.
The film's arguable fourth character is the custom designed, Louis Vuitton luggage once belonging to their father.

Known for an obsessive attention to detail, Anderson commissioned Marc Jacobs to design the velvet lined, monogrammed suitcases. The jungle motif is based on drawings by Anderson's brother Eric, who illustrates many details in these films--including the wallpaper design for Richie's room in The Royal Tenenbaums.

From a recent article in New York Magazine, David Amsden says, "You need only watch a few frames of one of his movies to spot it as an Anderson production. Though he is originally from Texas, there is something distinctively European in his obsession with aesthetics: a belief that the way something looks is what dictates how it will make you feel."

The travel ensemble, which is currently on display at the Louis Vuitton store in New York, will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting UNICEF and the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation, a medical charity in India.

(Photos from Elle).

16 comments:

Suzy said...

Thanks for drawing my attention to this, sounds great. I am a huge Wes Anderson fan. If its any where near as quirky as the Royal Tenenbaums, then it will be fantastic!

Style Court said...

So interesting Millie! Excellent post.

dianamuse said...

Okay. This promises to be a total swoonfest with these three topping the bill. Love the quote re Amsden's obsession with aesthetics. Hard to imagine another film surpassing the visual genius of The Royal Tenenbaums, but this could be it. Thanks to you for another "brilliant" post!

Habitually Chic said...

What a fabulous post!!! I knew I should have finished that article in New York magazine. I LOVE the luggage. I love that the luggage is not only chic but being auctioned off for a good cause too!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I am becoming a little obsessed with Anderson's life (thanks to a certain person I live with). Click on the "Wes Anderson" in the first sentance to see the New York Times Style page. Can you imagine scouting Indian tea plantations with your buddy Hugo Guinness? Or just kicking it with Bill Murray, Marc Jacobs and Sophia Coppola in every cool corner of the world? They remind me of Hemmingway and Fitzgerald crew.

design for mankind. said...

WOWWWWW. Thanks for the great post! I can't WAIT for this flick!

The Peak of Chic said...

Can't wait for this one too! And agree about how Anderson's attention to aestethic detail is more European than American. Very true.

Bhavna said...

This would definitely be something to look out for..

Lyn Spataro said...

that's great! I just posted about this today and am excited to see that you did too. I can't wait to see this. Great write up! ;)

Laura said...

I did not even know about this movie and can't wait to see it! Have you read any of J.D. Salinger's stories about the Glass family? Very Tennenbaum-esque.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I read Franny and Zooey years ago. Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters has been sitting on my coffee table for a year now. One of these days I am going to get to it!

patricia gray said...

Sounds like a great movie aka Merchant Ivory. It looks like it will be a riot of color. Love the LV luggage. Oh for the days of travelling in style!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

In a world where every movie I see is hawking cars, soda, cereal, and viagra it's refreshing to see such a sophisticated and intelligent use of product placement. The luggage is a blast. They should do a limited release of that pattern. Can't wait for the movie - poor Owen, hope he gets back to his old self. I'm a fan.
Jackie

Kellie said...

i cannot wait to see this film! i love wes anderson.

great post!

girl meets glamour said...

I want to see this movie so bad!!! I love this post :)

~Kate

Anonymous said...

I loved the movie. I couldn't stop laughing. I like that guy with the blonde hair. Forget the actors name. I Think he was in Dumb and Dumber.

-Zane of ontario honey