Blast from the past

Movie Obsession: Marisa Tomei’s Outfits in Only You


Despite being a film critic, up to this weekend, I haven’t event heard about Only You. I know.. For shame right? But, I and my boy, (being the Robert Downey Jr fans that we are) decided to watch a relatively unknown films with Robert Downey JR, as a new sorta „feel good movie challenge“.

I picked a movie that Martin hasn’t seen with Robert Downey Jr and he picked a movie with him that I haven’t seen before. So. My pick was Jodi Foster’s Home for the Holidays and his pick was the 1994 rom com Only You for our little mini RDH marathon.

How have not even heard about his gem called Only You by now? I loved it. I loved that for the most part the movie took place in Italy, I loved Marisa Tomei and RDJ’s characters and I loved that Bonnie Hunt was in it to… I’m such a fan of Bonnie.

Marisa Tomei’s character Faith is just 10 days shy of marrying a well of but boring podiatrist. However a childhood obsession with the name Damon Bradley will make her fly to Italy with her sister in Law and look for the man by the name of Damon Bradley that she’s never met before, and don’t know how to find. She believes that it’s her destiny to marry the man by the name of Damon Bradley, but like Cinderella running away from the ball, will meet her prince.

Robert Downey Jr’s Damon Bradley. Just kidding. He’s not Damon Bradley – just pretending to be just to woo her (I love that word) and the rest of the 115 minutes of running time is her frantic pursuit to find the man who believes is her soul-mate. Hint… It’s not Damon Bradley. Moving on to the movie….

The tone, the setting, the visual style and performances from the actors draw inspiration from the great love movies from the Golden era of Hollywood, but can you give me a minute to talk (ok write) about the outfits?

Yeah. The outfits that Marisa and Bonnie wear are peak 90’s with a timeless classic twist. Long wavy evening dresses in red and white with cutout pieces on the side. Marisa’s short hair is a lovely addition to her boyish and sometimes naïve personality and I just loved the little scarfs and bandannas that both actresses used as a versatile accessories. They were on their heads, on their necks and oh man do I loved every single outfit that those two ladies wore in that movie. But why am I writing about it…

Here… Have a look for yourself.




  1. Rosalie Ferreira 21 April, 2019 at 12:02 Reply

    Thank you! Unlike you, I watched this movie growing up as a lovesick tween and loved it! It’s so nice to rewatch a movie from your childhood and it’s still as good as you remember it. I’m in the fashion business now, and I think all the dresse, shoes and scarves are timeless and beautiful! As an adult I feel like I’m still drawing on fashion inspiration from this movie. Thank you for being the only person I know of that has even mentioned this movie!

    • filmsane 21 April, 2019 at 13:21 Reply

      You’re welcome 😉 Glad you loved it as much as i did 😉 And thanks for visiting Filmsane 😉 You rock!

  2. The Notting HIllbilly 12 September, 2019 at 00:24 Reply

    This was the movie that made me fall in love with Italy. It was everything – fashionable but timeless, well written, well acted, beautifully photographed, and a perfect homage to the Audrey Hepburn-era rom com with an Italian backdrop. Roger Ebert gave this one four stars, which made me happy because I was glad I wasn’t the only one who thought this funny rom-com was also a beautiful piece of art. Thanks for this post. I am always telling people about this film!

  3. Lisa H. 4 February, 2020 at 16:39 Reply

    I was obsessed with Marissa’s wardrobe in this movie!! Doesn’t the red one have slits on every panel, or was it the black one? I remember wanting that dress so bad!

  4. May 13 April, 2020 at 21:41 Reply

    I love that white dress so much! Can anyone actually tell the label on that one? I’m dying to find something similar. So timeless

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