Hitchcock

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Following the ups and downs of the marriage of Alfred and Alma Hitchcock during the making of Psycho, this film benefits from outstanding performances from Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s vivacious and sharp wife, and Anthony Hopkins portraying the eccentric director. Although I can’t tell how true to life the film is, the cast certainly persuade you that this is how it all happened – including that infamous shower scene. It may not be as full of suspense and twists as Psycho itself (which if you haven’t watched, you must do), but Hitchcock does show the difficulties of an ageing partnership, temptation, and the search for something original against a backdrop of censorship and doubt, with a script full of wit and truth.

With over 10 nominations so far, this film is well worth a watch, as are the late 50s costumes. Scarlett Johansson oozes glamour as Psycho’s star Janet Leigh with pencil skirts, blonde curls, and a gorgeous cream evening dress. The lady-like accessories and tailored shapes provide great inspiration for a work or evening look, and could be dressed-down for day-time by swapping a blouse for a t-shirt.

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  • Pencil skirts
  • Structured accessories
  • Hourglass shapes
  • 50s glamour

Hitchcock Fashion

For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Dancing is what every other chick-flick wants to be – or at least should want to be. It has everything: the bad boy, the sweet girl, great quotes and a sing-a-long soundtrack (or dance-a-long, if you’re feeling brave!)… Set in the summer of 1963, the film follows Baby as she grows up, romance blossoms, and she learns to do that famous lift. I challenge you not to want to become a dancer after watching this – I may not know my right from my left, but I must learn how to mambo!

Although you may want to pick up some golden dancer’s heels after watching, I really like Baby’s Keds – practical, but cute. Featuring an array of pastels Baby’s wardrobe is perfect for Spring ’13, and the waisted shapes are figure-flattering. So, this season have ‘the time of your life’ and remember ‘nobody puts Baby in a corner’….

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  • Sweet pastels
  • High waists
  • Girly details
  • Cute patterns

Dirty Dancing Fashion

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Moulin Rouge – Valentine’s Inspiration

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s a range of emotions going around: excitement, anticipation, dread… But whether you are in a relationship or not, Moulin Rouge is one of the ultimate romantic films and a great idea for a night in with your partner, or friends. Plus, the costumes provide excellent inspiration for that show-stopping outfit for a big date, or a girl’s night out.

As with Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge contains more Hollywood stars singing their hearts out and requires a man-sized box of tissues. On the other hand, the bright lights of the show and Baz Luhrmann’s hedonistic aesthetic create a feast for the senses, and the film is peppered with comedy, as well as amazing reinterpretations of well-known songs (my favourite being Ewan McGregor’s version of ‘Your Song’). It follows the trials of a young writer (McGregor) and Moulin Rouge star Satine (Nicole Kidman) as they fall in love, set against the background of Bohemian Paris, an evil Duke, and a giant elephant…

Nicole Kidman has a decadent wardrobe throughout, and Satine is perfect inspiration for revealing your seductive side for the 14th! My favourite costume has to be the red, satin gown – prepare to be envious…

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  • Sultry colours
  • Dramatic shapes
  • Sparkles
  • Parisian charm

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For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 5/5