Almost Perfect Urban Style

Almost Perfect (2011) is an interesting little film…. At first, I was kind of non-committal about watching it – but as the film progressed, I started to have a genuine appreciation for its sweet, unassuming charm.

Firstly, virtually all the leads are Asian-American, which is so rewarding and refreshing. Honestly, it’s about time, filmmakers!! I myself grew up in a very multicultural and predominantly Asian community, so watching this film felt like returning home. 🙂

Secondly, it’s a pretty “relatable” movie – the settings, activities, characters, and family dilemmas have a certain familiarity to them. I think it’s likely that many people could find at least one thing they’ve experienced in this storyline of relationship negotiations, 30-something angst, and mild family dysfunction!

And now for the costumes…. Well, it’s not Elizabeth: The Golden Age, folks! I.e., there are no “costumes” here at all, per se. However, I always enjoy profiling “movie clothes” as well as “movie costumes”, and these ones just feel so comfortable.

Here are a few highlights:

1) Vanessa (Kelly Hu) ~ a mix of sophistication and earthiness (with some tops in very pretty shades of blue, incidentally!), plus some of the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen on film

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2) Dwayne (Ivan Shaw) ~ again, an appealing combination of chic and sporty; I particularly liked the grey-&-white baseball shirt he wore in two separate scenes, because hello! In real life we wear the same clothing more than once. (Unfortunately I couldn’t find an image of it, nor of his impressive Chinese-characters tattoo….)

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3) Andy (Edison Chen) [yes, he of Hong Kong photo-scandal infamy] ~ youthfully disheveled style all round, two clever little “CAPITALIST” and “COMMUNIST” tees which made me smile, and best of all… wait for it… an ascot!!

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4) Char (Christina Chang) ~ a lovely little satiny black-and-white number

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Here are some further images of the characters in all their contemporary urban fashions:

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See? There are little tiny costume gems of all different types, wherever one chooses to dig for them. 🙂

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