Channelling Chinatown

Mrs Mulwray, Faye Dunaway, ChinatownThere are different layers of rich, and you have to choose which rich she is. She’s the heroine of the film, so you can’t choose to make her a dumpy rich person. She’s also Faye Dunaway. You can choose to make her rather chic. I’ve never seen Babe Paley wear anything but brown, gray, off-white, and black. I assume Faye does the same thing as Mrs Mulwray”.

Anthea Sylbert, Costume Designer for Chinatown 1974 (Dressed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis)

My friend, Emma, picked up this 2006 W magazine for me, on one of her home shoots, and I discovered this wonderful 30’s style photoshoot which is just so reminiscent of the uber- chic, slightly masculine style of Mrs Mulwray in Chinatown, I just had to put the two together:

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Michael Thompson, Mrs Mulwray style, Chinatown, W magazine

Photos: Michael Thompson for W Magazine

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