Archive for January, 2013

Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre

January 29, 2013

‘Singing in the Rain’ is one of my favourite musicals. A simple plot peppered with great tap and feel-good singing numbers!

 

So when the opportunity arose to see the stage musical, I jumped at the chance! I got tickets through lastminute.com (£22.50 for dress circle seats!) and took my friend Emily along on a Tuesday night.

The stage production was excellent. I don’t really want to describe it too much as it has its surprises, but also sticks to the film really well. Just go and see it!!! It makes you realise you… “Gotta dance!”

Citron Citron Miller Harris Perfume

January 27, 2013

One of my best friends, and blogger of The Fashion Memo, Lou, gave me a delightfully fresh scent for Christmas: Citron Citron (aka Lemon Lemon) Eau de Parfum from Miller Harris.

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It actually reminds me of my mum as she wears a similar citrussy scent. This one evolves into more warm flowery tones after a few hours of wear but still delicious!

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The kind of scent that makes you feel dressed! Thanks Lou!!

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Valentino:Master of Couture at Somerset House

January 24, 2013

For Christmas this year, I offered by friend Lou, the person behind the great blog The Fashion Memo, a ticket to the Valentino: Master of Couture retrospective at Somerset House.

 

 

The show focused around 50 years of Valentino’s couture pieces, arranged in different periods such as ‘Mint’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Ice’.

The room is set up like a catwalk, where you are the star. Each piece is numbered and makes you walk up and down quite a few times. The Louis XIV style chairs have names of famous women who have attended Valentino shows, from Liza Minelli to Jackie O’, Sarah Jessica Parker to Julia Roberts. Informative and makes you feel like you are in good company!

I admit I have never  really been able to recognise a Valentino piece – the structure of his dresses change a lot, although I now realise it is more the couture techniques applied, the intricate beading, the stitching of chiffon, the folding of the tulle…

 

 

The beauty of Valentino couture is in the detail.

Great exhibition!

My beautifully stylish friend Lou…

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And me…

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Sucker Punch

January 22, 2013

What a film! Combining action, thriller and fantasy, it also has a real video game feel about it, and the girls kick ass!

A quick plot summary for those who haven’t seen it (although you should! NOW!!) – a girl is put into an asylum by her evil stepfather as she accidently killed her sister in self-defence against him. She imagines the asylum is a club, where the girls are all clients.

Each time Babydoll dances, the girls are transported into an alternate reality, where they need to complete a mission to gain an object. Hence the video game feel.

The visuals are breathtaking, with 3 different levels of reality presented.

The Asylum:

The Club:

The Game Levels:

Great characters, great costume design and visuals!

I love the fact that the girls are empowered by using their sexyness and are amazingly skilled, strong warriors!

The soundtrack is excellent combining Bjork’s ‘Army of Me’ and re-makes of ‘Sweet Dreams are made of these’, sung by Emily Browning (the lead character). The music is strong, wistful, sexy and energetic, progressing the plot as much as the action.

As the Wiseman said: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

The amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the V&A

January 20, 2013

This exhibition at the V&A really exceeded my expectations. Often when you go to costume exhibitions, they involve, if you’re lucky, 20 film costumes (most of which you have never even heard of!). Not the case at the V&A though, one of my favourite museums in London.

The exhibition is split into 3 huge rooms, each showcasing about 50 costumes, from the Addams Family to Indiana Jones, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz to Neo from the Matrix…and explores the way costume designers choose specific materials, textures and colours to create a character. The show also looks at how actors, directors and costume designers collaborate to create characters, such as Meryl Streep to create Donna from Mamma Mia or Johnny Depp portraying Jack Sparrow (based on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards).

The costumes were really well staged, with quotes from costume designers, directors and actors putting them in context. And the whole thing was accompanied by epic movie music.

Here are a few highlights, although you have to see it to believe it!

Below (left to right): Viola D’Alessops wedding dress and Shakespeare from Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth costumes, a costume from Les Liaisons Dangereuses and (this brought a tear to my eye) two of the beautiful dresses from the Marie Antoinette film by Sofia Coppola.

The Addams Family:

Below: The green dress from Atonement, Rose’s outfit when she boards the Titanic (at the back), Satine from the Moulin Rouge (on the swing), Audrey Hepburn’s opening outfit from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady (sitting).

Below: Borat, Legally Blonde, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, John Travolta’s famous Saturday Night Fever white suit, the Blues Brothers and Austin Powers

Below: The Bride from Kill Bill, Jack Sparrow, Braveheart, James Bond and Superman above.

One of Elizabeth Taylor’s many Cleopatra costumes…

Fight Club…

Charlie Chaplin…

2012 in review

January 19, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Santa Run 2012, Greenwich Park, in memory of Elsa

January 19, 2013

In December, I took part in the 5k Santa Run around Greenwich Park, for Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Although I enjoy running, I don’t do it often…well not for exercise anyway! I run for buses practically every day but that does not require stamina!

So running 5k was a challenge. But running 5k with 2,000 other people dressed as Santa was amazing! Each with their own good cause!

Here’s us warming up to Gangnam Style!

My friend Emily came with me for emotional and physical support (she carried my bottle of water!) – thanks Emily!!!

I was running in memory of my sister Elsa, who passed away from skin cancer aged 17. Teenage Cancer Trust is a great charity that supports teenagers and families during this ordeal. Thanks to all the people who donated! I managed to raise £483.76!!!