When the clothes-conscious, camp-loving set settles in for Brian De Palma’s latest, “Femme Fatale,” in theaters Friday, they won’t be disappointed. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, stars as an ex-hitwoman trying to mend her evil ways, with a stylized wardrobe to match.
“Brian is very much about fashion,” says the film’s costume designer Olivier Bériot. “He knows the designers, he knows what he likes.” In fact, even before Romijin-Stamos was cast, Bériot and De Palma mapped out her 12 costume changes, from a white Valentino suit to Christian Dior HotPants to Dolce & Gabbana’s coat to La Perla lingerie.
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“Absolutely, the costumes helped,” says Romijn-Stamos. “We really camped it up at times.” Like Melanie Griffith, who vamped in black stilettos and a G-string in De Palma’s “Body Double” in 1984, Romijn-Stamos gave her heart and soles to “Femme Fatale’s” pivotal scene, in which she seduces fellow model-turned-actress Rie Rasmussen in a bathroom stall before stealing her gold and diamond Chopard bustier. The audience, however, will see only Romijn-Stamos’ Louboutin boots and Rasmussen’s Rodolphe Menudier sandals doing a tango beneath the stall door. “It’s much sexier to have the shoes make love, no?” asks Bériot.