No, this is not a McDonald's endorsement. On Mugatu's recommendation I just saw I Am Love (Io sono l'amore), which tells the story of the Recchi family:
An Agnelli-esque manufacturing dynasty whose lives are equal parts raging melodrama and quiet chicness. This is the most stylish film I've seen in 2010, to the point that I'd now like to be reincarnated as one of Tilda Swinton's (who speaks flawless Italian AND Russian in her role) immaculately tailored shifts. Other points of inspiration:
The Recchi compound, actually Milan's Villa Necchi Campiglio. Note its massive mahogany central stair, grounded by a saffron-colored low pile carpet and succulent garden. Saffron and loden green is the new color combination, by the way.
Family matriarch Allegra's (the delicious Marisa Berenson channeling Fe Fendi, according to Muugs) sitting room. Here she chats tensely with Russkie-born daughter-in-law Emma on the edge of a canapé stacked with Old Masters while two perfectly comfy chairs and a servant beckon in the foreground. Icy hot!
More servants and curtain embroidery that would make the gals at Penn & Fletcher weep.
Starkly unadorned walls (like in the photo at top) and this monolithic green marble fireplace behind gramps. The anteroom it anchors contains two very simple, two-seater sofas with jade green linen slipcovers, contrast piping, and no pillows. You know that I know that high-low is the way to go.
The storyline sort of drags as much as it soars, but if you love food (allegory alert) or interiors or smart cashmere separates you'll be in heaven. If not, go see it for Tilda's performance alone ... in my opinion she and Annette Bening (from The Kids Are All Right) will be vying for Best Actress next year.