Thursday 24 May 2012

    Great Gatsby :: Baz Luhrmann


    Jazz Age excess with a hip-hop flourish ~ the gilded glamour of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby has been captured by film=maker Baz Luhrmann.

    Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio is supported by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as the shady businessman, Meyer Wolfsheim, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

    Baz Luhrmann’s star-studded adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” features spectacular visuals (the film will be in 3-D) and modern music in an anachronistic setting.

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    Sunday 22 January 2012

    Golden Globe belles


    Two neutrals + one red = my top 3 most beautiful dresses at the 2012 Golden Globes.

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Stacy Keibler.

    Charlize Theron was all aflutter in Dior, with Cartier jewels, a striking crystal headband surrounded by her wavy side-chignon hairstyle, and a Dior beaded evening bag.   Givenchy silver horn embellished sandals from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection complemented the look.

    Nicole Kidman in an ivory and gold Versace gown. The studded, slim-fitting dress molded Kidman’s figure, and was offset by gold accessories, including a small box clutch, earrings and bracelets.

    Stacy Keibler was a blossoming red carpet goddess, in a simply stunning Valentino dress chosen by beau, George Clooney.

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    Tuesday 18 October 2011

    Hitchcock classic


    Sumptuous evening gowns capturing the mood of Hitchcock classics

    ~ think Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedren…

    {Image Grace Kelly via Vintage Clothing}

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    Wednesday 12 October 2011

    The Bogelund-Jensen Atelier


    The Bogelund-Jensen style is artistry, in her atelier Signe creates and develops all her ideas.

    “When I have created something, it will be clean, serene and simple to look at.

    When I’m done – It’s satisfaction beyond time”  Signe Bøgelund Jensen

    The collection is pieces of artwork where various gateways are inverted so history and modernity combines into creating a sense of subversion. Under the surface it embers with artistic and intellectual creativity in a quiet rebellious way.

    “Wear it as your self and/or rip it, reverse it, make it your own, choose your own accessories to create further on it. But in the beginning, all the dresses were the same.”

    On June 26, 2009, 150 guests gathered in Pakhus 11 in Copenhagen, Denmark, for an unusual party and red carpet photography of all guests. All female guests wearing the same designer dress by Atelier Bøgelund-Jensen. 

    {Images via overgaard}

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    Monday 10 October 2011

    One Day


    I laughed and cried watching the film, One Day.

    And lusted after the stunning apartments!

    There’s some stunning interiors created by production designer Mark Tildesley.

    The film depicts the friendship and love between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew through scenes from one day, July 15th, of each year for twenty years.  Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess)  meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988 and begin a friendship that will last a lifetime.

    Emma is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. Dexter is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how “Em” and “Dex” are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through laughter and romance, heartbreak and exhilaration, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along.

    St. Swithin’s Day :: The ‘One Day’ of the book, the film, and Dexter and Emma’s love and lives is July 15th, which is also the date of St. Swithin’s Day.  In British folklore, there is a rhyme that reads:

    St Swithin’s day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithin’s day if thou be fair

    For forty days ’twill rain no more 

    The feast day of St. Swithin (sometimes written as St. Swithun) falls every year on July 15th. Legend has it that if it rains on that day, then it will rain every day for forty days; and that if the sun shines on that day, then the weather will be beautiful for forty days.

    The legend is rooted in a real man; St. Swithin himself was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop at Winchester Cathedral in the ninth century AD. Although tradition dictated his being buried inside Winchester Cathedral, he was a humble man; on his deathbed, he asked if he could be buried in the churchyard so that the rain could fall on him and so that people could walk close to him. Although his wishes were initially respected, nine years after his death the body was moved to a shrine within the Cathedral. His displeasure was registered when a massive storm broke and continued for forty days. The legend began, and endures to this day.

    Adapted from the internationally praised and bestselling novel, One Day by David Nicholls. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig. It stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison.

    Actress Anne Hathaway said she was clandestinely given the script as the film was set in the United Kingdom and director Scherfig wasn’t looking for any American actresses for the part. Hathaway flew to London for a meeting with Scherfig to explain why she should get the part.

    Hathaway later said it was “the worst meeting of my life… I was just inarticulate”, but on leaving Hathaway wrote out a list of songs for Scherfig to listen, saying, “I clearly didn’t communicate to you what I needed to today. But I think these songs can do it for me.” Scherfig did listen to them, which led to Hathaway getting the part.

    Production ::  Filming took place on location in  Scotland, England  and France.  In Edinburgh, the city where Dexter and Emma first meet, features various landmark locations, including Arthur’s Seat, were used. Production moved to London. Parliament Hill Lido in north London was used for scenes in which Emma, of varying ages, swims. Filming took place inside a house in Granville Road in Stroud Green for scenes involving Jim Sturgess and Romola Garai. Westminster Cathedral was used for a wedding sequence.

    In France, filming took place at the Palais Royal, for a tête-a-tête between Dexter and his mother; at the venerable Gare du Nord, arguably the busiest train station in Paris; and up and down the Canal Saint Martin, among other locations depicting two different years in the story.  Filming in France took place in Dinard, a town close by to St. Malo, along the Brittany coast. The picturesque French town provided the locations of harbor exteriors and a shimmering seawater pool, as well as the beach La Guimorais. Given the book’s setting for Dex and Em’s holiday scenes is Greece,  a seaside club was turned into the Cafe Paradis, designed to ape Greek themes.

    About the Production {excerpt below from hello bristol}

    Falling in Love with a Love Story 

    “It is a love story”, affirms David Nicholls, the author of the internationally praised bestselling 2009 novel One Day and also the screenwriter of the 2011 movie adaptation One Day. “It’s also about friendship and family, nostalgia and regret, and the way that our hopes and dreams don’t quite come true – at least, not in the way that we’re expecting them to. There is a bittersweet quality to it. I wanted to write an old-fashioned – I suppose it is that - romance showing the ups and downs of a relationship over a long period of time. 

    Nicholls spent two years working on the novel. “I was writing other things alongside it, he notes. “Also, it required a lot of planning beforehand, like a jigsaw puzzle; planting seeds in one year of the story that turned into plot points in another. I had to work out what was going to happen on the many July 15ths. I didn’t write One Day as a screenplay in disguise but I love writing dialogue and fiction, so perhaps inevitably there was a filmic quality.

    “Writing One Day was a real pleasure.

    I wrote the first half and then took a break from it for about six months;

    then went back to revise the first half and carried on to the second half. 

    Film producer Nina Jacobson, well-versed in recognizing books’ potential as movies and shepherding them to the screen, was struck by how much One Day affected her as she read it. She says, “I fell in love with the characters. The story is very universal. These characters, Emma and Dexter, and their journey truly speak to the way in which you transform after graduating from college and living your life; who you are then, and who you are twenty years later.

    “It takes us time to grow up and until we do, we can’t necessarily be with the person we’re meant to be with. That time is necessary, yet it’s also something you can’t get back. So there is a wistful tone to the story.”

    Lone was our first choice for the movie, says the producer. As it happens, notes Scherfig, Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway had read the script. She liked Emma so much that she flew to London to talk to me and tell me why she should have the part! Anne shares Emma’s humor and strength. She is a highly experienced actress who lends huge warmth and fragility to the part, more than anyone else I can imagine.  Hathaway muses,

    If you’re lucky, you can find a story that really moves you.

    If you’re lucky, you can find a character who speaks to you.

    With One Day, I found both. 

    Scherfig describes Emma as “witty, insecure, hard-working, and bookish. There’s always the question that we and she are asking; is Dexter too privileged for her, is he too self-assured? With her vast range as a performer, Anne captures those doubts but also all of Emma’s more tenacious qualities – and her ability to see through Dexter’s façades.

    By the time the movie One Day began filming, the novel One Day was already a bestseller around the world. It had been sold for publication in 31 different languages – a rarely reached benchmark for a book these days – and would go to 1 on the bestseller lists in the U.K., Italy, and Sweden; 2 on Germany’s; and 3 on Russia’s.

    When the book was first published in June 2009 in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton, David Nicholls’ novel was heartily embraced by reviewers and the public. Becoming a must-read, it hit 1 first on the hardcover and later on the paperback Sunday Times bestseller charts. The novel won the Galaxy National Book Award for Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Over 400,000 copies have been sold in the U.K.

    One Day was published in the U.S. as a trade paperback original in June 2010 by Vintage Books, an imprint of Random House, Inc.’s Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Word of mouth had already spread across the pond, and the novel commenced a 12-week stint on The New York Times Trade Paperback Fiction Bestseller list, rising to the 4 position. There currently are 600,000 copies in print of the Vintage paperback and e-book editions.  Rave reviews accrued through year’s end, as The New York Times Book Review named the novel among the 100 Notable Books of 2010; Entertainment Weekly named it one of  ’The [10] Best Fiction [Books] of the Year’, with Henry Goldblatt citing it as ‘a luscious, beautiful, and ultimately devastating portrait of two soul mates’; and the book also made best-of lists from Barnes & Noble and Amazon, among others.

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    Wednesday 28 September 2011

    Up for Eyre


    A fashion love affair with Mia Wasikowska,

    the heroine of the sweeping period drama, Jane Eyre.

    Up For Eyre: Harper’s Bazaar Australia August 2011

    Model / Actress: Mia Wasikowska

    Photographer: Will Davidson

    {Images via visual optimism}

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    Tuesday 27 September 2011

    Jane Eyre


    Jane Eyre is the classic, Gothic tale of an orphan that was born in misfortune.

    The film adaption beautifully captures the emotions of the book and is visually seductive.

    And I loved Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper.

    Jane (Mia Wasikowska) grew up with a family that detested her and was eventually sent to a boarding school where she finally made a friend. But the school was hell, the children were beaten, and her best friend died of illness.

    Fast forward to when Jane is old enough to leave the school. She takes up a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the isolated and imposing residence, whose master is Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender). She tends to his ward while a friendship and her attraction to Rochester, who can be quite changeable, slowly builds. However the developing love story between Jane and Rochester means the ghosts of the past must be faced.

    Director, Fukunaga stated, “I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story… there’s been something like 24 adaptations and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance and I think it’s much more than that.”

    Jane Eyre is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë.  Academy Award winners: Dario Marianelli composed the score and  Michael O’Connor designed the costumes.

    Filming locations included London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt and Fox House in Sheffield. Fukunaga looked at some 60 residences for one to represent Thornfield Hall but settled on the previously-used Haddon Hall as it had not undergone much redecorating.

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    Saturday 10 September 2011

    It’s cute – it’s weird – it’s PonPonPon!


    This is Candy Land Harajuku style! Enjoy this crazy, colourful and quirky debut single, PONPONPON by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu ~ a Japanese fashion designer, blogger, model, and a high school student. This is so OTT that it’s great!

    The rainbow-colored, toy-filled visual spectacle includes a kaleidoscope of faceless, cross-dressing plus-size dancers,  floating toast with 3-D eyeballs and Kyary’s head turning to pink Picasso slime. There’s a lot of Tokyo’s famous “kawaii” fashion going on ~ the hair bows, the pink Dr. Martens with ruffle socks and the eyeball-print bloomers.

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is Japan’s summer pop sensation and PONPONPON has gained international popularity due to the music video’s craziness, weirdness, and it’s cuteness. The super-kawaii bedroom set was designed by Harajuku’s own Sebastian Masuda of 6%DOKIDOKI.

    On July 25, 2011, Warner Music Japan released the song’s music video.

    “PONPONPON” was written and composed by Yasutaka Nakata, who is sort of like the The-Dream of J-Pop, an auteur whose work guiding female vocalists like PerfumeCapsule and Meg always follows an instantly-identifiable, common perfect thread. In their world, Nakata and his artists make music sublime, a happy marriage of early-2000s French electro and soprano Auto-Tune.  The Fader

    Who is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? {excerpt wikipedia via know your meme}

    Takemura Kiriko, better known by her stage name Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, was born on January 29, 1993 and resides in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. She  began her career as a model for Harajuku fashion magazines such as Kera! and Zipper. After achieving a measure of fame, she began to establish herself as a businesswoman by launching a line of fake eyelashes called “Harajuku Doll Eyelashes by Eyemazing x Kyary” and appearing at fashion shows. In April 2011, she frontlined the charity event “One Snap For Love” with legendary Japanese fashion editor and photographer Yasumasa Yonehara and Japanese brand 6%DOKIDOKI for victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

    In July 2011 she began a music career by releasing her first single, “PONPONPON”. The music video, a psychedelic tribute to Kawaisa and Decora culture, was released to Youtube and became a viral hit. The single was produced by Yasutaka Nakata and is the first release from Kyary’s debut mini-album, Moshi Moshi Harajuku. “PONPONPON” quickly rose to the top of the iTunes charts in both Finland and Belgium.

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    Friday 9 September 2011

    Falling Angels


    Even Angels Will Fall!  The  new Lynx Excite ads have caught my eye, and many others worldwide. The ad features beautiful female angels falling to earth set to a cover version of ’Sexy Boys’ by Fallen Angels. It was shot in Split, Croatia, and is meant to represent ’a picturesque European town’.

    Called Falling Angels, it claims the products’ fragrance is

    “so tempting it will make female angels fall from the sky for it”.

    The premise of the advert features people in a sleepy European town going about their daily lives until they are interrupted by a group of angels, who plummet from the sky. Unhurt and ignoring the people, the angels make their way through town towards one man. The angels grab their halos and smash them on the ground. The ad ends with the man alone in his room, spraying himself with Lynx Excite Deodorant for men. A voiceover says “New Lynx Excite, even angels will fall“.

    The ad, created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) will launch on Apple’s iAd mobile advertising network,

    as part of the brand’s strategy to find innovative ways to engage with its audience.

    Unilever is investing £8.32m in the global marketing campaign for the Lynx Excite range, which is targeting the Latin American and European markets. Television activity is following up on the initial launch campaign for the range, which was carried out on Apple’s iAd mobile advertising network: iPhone and iPod Touch users have an “immersive iAd experience”. Users can watch the advert, download wallpapers of the Lynx angels and purchase and download the theme tune Sexy Boys from iTunes, all from within their app. The TV ad was followed by print, digital, Facebook activity, gaming and out-of-home advertising and PR.

    As part of their Falling Angels campaign, Lynx installed an Augmented Reality Advert at London’s Victoria station, that sees people interacting directly with the angels via a digital video billboard.

    As passers by walked through the station passing a Lynx circle on the floor, they activated virtual angels who literally fell to earth

    As passers by walk onto the Lynx “Markers”  they activated virtual Excite Angels who literally fall to earth in the digital billboard, and land right next to them. Through the billboard people could directly interact with the angels.

    This experience is also part of a new social campaign that has just launched, the “Lynx Excite Fallen Angel” which challenges users to head to Facebook to see if they are the one person on earth that can release an archangel…

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    Sunday 4 September 2011

    Swinging into spring


    What a wonderful day for a picnic, Great Gatsby style!

    Styled by the amazing Grace Coddington, this is the photo Anna Wintour famously axed from Vogue as captured in documentary The September Issue. Coddington loved the Jazz Age picnic image and intended to run it in the magazine. Wintour didn’t care for it.  

    {Image by photographer, Steven Meisel}

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