Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes film stillsWe all love a bit of Sherlock. Even 100 years after his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, new incarnations are still popping up (am almost bursting with excitement for the new season of BBC’s Sherlock), and this slick Hollywood reworking Guy Ritchie is a very enjoyable adaptation. Chasing down the ominous Lord Blackwood, Robert Downey Jr. adds a more ‘action man’ side to Holmes, as well as keeping the eccentric genius that continues to draw us back to the character. Jude Law and Rachel McAdams provide great support as Dr. Watson, and Sherlock’s love interest, Irene Adler. Although set in Victorian London, this film is full of big bangs, high-octane chases, and blood-pumping fights, and the mystery of Blackwood’s dark magic will keep you guessing. It may not be the best retelling, but it is very good fun.

For the fashion, dip into the drama of Victorian frocks and pattern with touches of lace and ruffles. Invest in an elegant black coat and a pair of leather brogue ankle boots for a timeless winter look. Picking up on Irene Adler’s flashes of bold colour, flowers, and the drama of the black magic in the accessories, will give captivating finishing touches that you won’t need to be a detective to notice…

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  • Tailored coat
  • Intricate patterns
  • Pops of colour
  • Gothic touches

Sherlock Holmes fashionFor the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 3/5

Don Jon

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A film about a body-building, womanizing, porn-addict doesn’t really sound like most girls’ cup of tea, but Don Jon is much more than that. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut doesn’t hold back – it is not your usual rom-com. Jon’s (Gordon-Levitt) life in New Jersey revolves around porn, going to the gym, porn, hooking up in clubs, porn, Sunday Mass with the family, and more porn. This is until he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a girl looking for the perfection of Hollywood romances, who is hot and elusive enough to make Jon give relationships a go. However, he can’t quite let go of porn. When Esther (Juilanne Moore) catches him watching it on his phone in a night class, it leads to an unlikely relationship which makes Jon question his reliance on pornography.

What is excellent about Don Jon is that it makes you think – how sexualised has society become? what does true love look like? does porn create anymore unrealistic expectations than all-star rom-coms? – whilst still being a really enjoyable film. Jon’s family are particularly funny, and music is used very wittily, with swelling violins contrasted with club beats. It’s one of a few films where I didn’t feel time passing: with stellar acting, slick production, and a tight script, I would watch it again in an instant. A sharp, witty, and thought-provoking debut from Gordon-Levitt – more please!

Wardrobe-wise, it has to be all about Scarlett Johansson as high-maintenance New Jersey girl, Barbara. To amp-up your day look, pair well-fitting skinny jeans with black heels, then add a tank top and leather jacket for a sexy, but relaxed, outfit. If your bum doesn’t quite live up to Scarlett’s (whose does?), the new denim leggings from Spanx may be just the thing. A little red dress will make you stand out, team with bouncy curls and a slick of eyeliner, and you’ll feel like a ‘dime’…

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  • Figure-hugging jeans
  • Bold dresses
  • Sky-high heels
  • Timeless leather jacket

Don Jon Fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 2/5

An Education

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I remember this coming out at the time and the magazines being full of Carey Mulligan, who is undoubtedly the star of this coming-of-age story. Mulligan plays Jenny, an Oxford hopeful whose aspirations towards Parisian glamour, concerts, and culture, come into conflict with her well-made plan when it is all offered to her by sophisticated older man David. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, the film explores the options open to women at the time, contrasting Rosamund Pike as the glamorous, but vacuous kept-woman and Jenny’s plain, but erudite English teacher. Nick Hornby’s screenplay is wonderfully nuanced, capturing Jenny’s move away from innocence, underlying social issues, as well as humorous scenes with her father that compare the older and younger generation.

Taking inspiration from Jenny’s schoolgirl wardrobe fits in perfectly to this season’s trends: kilts, plain jumpers and a statement satchel make for a fashionable, but practical day look. By blending in some of Jenny’s more luxurious accessories from the second half of the film you can add a touch of extra glamour to your outfit. A lady-like dress is a great investment, especially in a timeless pattern, as it can be dressed up or down for most occasions – you’ll be ready to be whisked away at any moment…

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  • Pleated skirts
  • A good basic jumper
  • Statement satchel
  • Lady-like accessories
  • Timeless cocktail dressAn Education fashion

For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 5/5