InStyle's Ariel Foxman on the 1970s Movie That Still Sneaks Into Our Wardrobe Today

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I Love Movies

Love means never having to say you're sorry.

That's the iconic line from Love Story, the 1970 film about a (then) modern-day Romeo and Juliet whose relationship was plagued by classism, disapproving parents, and eventually, illness. And as we learn from the video above, loving Love Story the movie means never having to question your sense of style.

That's according to InStyle Editorial Director Ariel Foxman, who says he first became transfixed by the movie at the tender age of 10. "Everything about them was so cool," he says in the video, part of InStyle's partnership with Fandango for a glam edition of its fun web series, "I Love Movies." "They spoke in this really cool, quippy language, and they had these really cool shearling camel coats, and it was always snowing, and they were always running to class, and they always said the right thing at the right time."

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The film focuses on Oliver (Ryan O'Neal), a Harvard student who, much to his father's chagrin, falls in love with Jenny (Ali MacGraw), a quick-witted working-class Radcliffe student. Oliver's father may not have loved Jenny, but Foxman certainly does, and for good reason: "Ali MacGraw was a fashion plate," he says. "She could take a tartan scarf—that is probably the most mundane, Ivy League idea today—and turn it into something that everybody wanted to wear."

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In fact, Foxman, himself a Harvard grad, admits his love for the film put an interesting sort of pressure on him once he got his acceptance letter. "I did think, twice, while packing that, 'Oh my god, I'm going to need this wardrobe!'" he says with a laugh.

And while Foxman watches the movie again and again (as do Harvard students each year at orientation), he does envy those who have never seen it. "Because not only are you going to see that they are wearing clothing from 45 years ago that you are wearing today, but you have a chance to see a movie for the first time with such pathos and passion—that is like a gift that you are opening up that you can never open up again."

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For more from Foxman on how this movie "snuck into the consciousness" of today's fashion, watch the video above, and check back here weekly for trendsetters like Empire costume designer Paolo Nieddu, style star Olivia Palermo, and more talk about the movies they love.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC] Hi, my name is Ariel/ph Foxman, and my favorite movie is Love Story. [MUSIC] I think my sense of style was not only created by watching movies, but confirmed. For me the most exciting movies and movie costumes were where people were wearing real clothes, but the real clothes were better. Than the things that we're seeing every single day. I was probably around 10 or 11 when I saw Love Story. I was transfixed, Love Story had everything. I mean, it had Harvard, which was sort of the pinnacle of cool, fantasy education, I was a school nerd. It had this melodramatic love story, it had these two people. It was sort of like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet Everything about them was so cool. They spoke in this really cool quippy language, and they had these really cool shearlink camel coats, and it was always snowing and they were always running to class, and they said the right thing at the right time. It just seemed really smart. Harvard's got 5 million books and Radcliffe's got a few lousy thousand. I was very fortunate to be accepted to Harvard. And I did think twice when packing for Harvard, thinking like, oh my God, I'm gonna need this wardrobe, actually. When you get to Harvard though, there is this tradition. In the first couple of days of the first week of first year, where they show love story. I loved that. I think what's so exciting though today, so many years later, it's really the fashion. Ellen McGraw was a fashion [UNKNOWN] she could take a [UNKNOWN] scarf. That is probably the most mundane Ivy League idea today. And turn it into something that everybody wanted to wear. Those big glasses became super iconic. Her hair pulled back like that, no product in it, no styling, because the most asked hairstyle of the decade. Whether you like it or not, what you're probably wearing today has some sort of relationship to The two costume designers from this incredible movie that kind of snuck into the consciousness of your wardrobe. I often go into my head and I think, there's so few lines from movies that are so famous and People ponder them. Love means never having to say you're sorry is one of them. It just struck all these emotions in me that made it special. Love means never having to say you're sorry. I'm a little bit envious of a person who hasn't seen Love Story, because not only are you going to see that they are wearing clothing 45 years ago, than you are wearing today. But you have the chance to see a movie for the first time with such pathos and passion. That is this gift that you're opening up that you can never open again, which is so cool. I'm Ariel Foxman and I love movies. That's that. [MUSIC]

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