Love Actually – Christmas Special

Film stills from Love ActuallyThere’s not much I can say about this film. To me, it is Christmas perfection. Richard Curtis weaves his rom-com magic, intertwining the lives of an all-star cast and their romantic problems in the countdown to Christmas. Yes, it is a bit soppy – but if we can’t get emotional and gooey at Christmas time, when can we? Some people say they have a favourite plot thread in this film, but I’m pretty sure I love them all: from Colin Frissell’s stateside quest for girls, to Colin Firth’s broken Portuguese, I’m smiling all the way through. This film is also the reason that I couldn’t keep a straight face during my Christmas shopping yesterday, as I couldn’t stop picturing Rowan Atkinson while the real-life shop assistant was gift-wrapping my purchase (unfortunately there was no holly involved…)

If you don’t draw inspiration directly from the on-screen fashion, the overall incredible Christmassy-ness will have you ready to deck yourself out in fuzzy knitwear, lashings of festive red, and a good sprinkling of glitter. What you may or may not have noticed is the unbelievable prevalence of turtlenecks – I certainly had not until I saw this post, and they all starting leaping out at me, so pick your favourite! My suggested itinerary for tomorrow: watch Love Actually, drink much mulled wine, sort out all romantic entanglements, wear lovely festive clothes, and remember Christmas Is All Around…

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  • Christmas motifs
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  • Cosy knits
  • Sparkles

Fashion from Love Actually

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 2/5

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine film stills

Woody Allen’s latest offering follows Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, a high society wife who finds her life turned upside-down after her husband’s dodgy business dealings are revealed. Through this it cleverly works in elements of the financial crisis, including its effect on her sister Ginger (flawlessly played by Sally Hawkins), as well as debating what happiness really is as we watch Jasmine struggle to re-enter the world of work and love. Comic and unsettling, Blanchett gives a wonderfully nuanced performance as a woman on the verge of total breakdown whilst still trying to prove that she is better than everyone else. She is backed by an amazing supporting cast: Alec Baldwin is great as the slick business man, fooling his wife with diamonds in one hand and a mistress behind her back, and Louis C.K. and Bobby Cannavale are particularly funny as Ginger’s romantic entanglements. A wonderfully charming, but thought-provoking film, I expect it will clean up in awards season – Blanchett and Hawkins definitely deserve nominations.

Jasmine’s designer wardrobe is best seen during her flashbacks and her fling with Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard). A classic palette of monochrome and pastels in tailored cuts, it’s great inspiration for upgrading your workwear. A large leather tote bag will be your new best friend – so much space, and will go with anything. Add some luxe accessories like metallic heels and sparkling wrist candy to finish the look – as most of us can’t quite afford Jasmine’s incredible diamonds, opt for crystals.

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  • Classic pieces
  • Luxurious accessories
  • Pastel touches
  • Elegant cuts

Blue Jasmine fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5