Anais Mali Channels Zelda Fitzgerald for Sophie Theallet Resort 2012

If you’ve seen Midnight in Paris, then you can surely tell why Sophie Theallet chose Zelda Fitzgerald as her inspiration for Resort 2012. In the film, she is played by Alison Pill who captures all her mischief, magic and acute fashion sense.

The Alabama native was an icon of the 1920’s and if you don’t know her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, then you might need to brush up on your literature. They took the Roaring Twenties by storm and Zelda was definitely roaring, partying and drinking in excess. In the late 1920’s the duo moved to Paris and officially became expatriates. Her and F. Scott had one of the most tumultuous relationships in literary history, but we all know that chaos makes for great art.

Though not entirely as eccentric as Zelda, the pieces in Resort 2012 have their moments and surely present a variety of silhouettes including knee-length cocktail dresses in fiery red, pleated cropped trousers paired with button-down blouses and cardigans and jackets worn with nothing underneath, capturing her sensuality. She and Sophie have something in common, though reversed since Sophie is Parisian, yet now finds her home in New York City.

“She had this strength, this spirit, a certain nonchalance and of course I wanted to mix American and French styles here.” – Sophie Theallet (

A number of shirtdresses were shown: a long-sleeved version in a bright orange print with sheer black sleeves, another a black and white short-sleeved version with a cowlneck. I love that everything was American, yet still so French and women in both countries could certainly be seen rocking the pieces. Sophie also presented some showstopping gowns, one in navy and white and the other in red and navy. I’m wondering if she is aiming for a little patriotism with those colors. Hopefully her fans including Karolina Kurkova, Jessica Alba and Michelle Obama will put the collection to good use.

Visit for more information and see more looks from the Resort 2012 collection below.

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