The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums film stillsThe Royal Tenenbaums is a portrayal of the ultimate dysfunctional family, with an all-star cast and that much-analysed Wes Anderson aesthetic. The film follows a family of geniuses, 20 years on from the reluctant departure of head of the household, Royal (Gene Hackman). The catalogue of characters includes Gwyneth Paltrow as creatively blocked playwright Margot, Luke Wilson as an ex-tennis star, and Ben Stiller as Chas whose paranoia for safety drives him and his twin boys back to the family home. There are loads more names and characters (including Owen Wilson as a cowboy novelist), and the plot weaves around a bit trying to keep all these balls in the air. Anderson’s brand of off-beat humour isn’t for everyone, and, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed much of the film, you can tell why it wasn’t the blockbuster hit of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Margot’s instant cool will make you want to grab a (faux) fur coat, lots of eye liner, and embrace your inner tortured artiste. Her looks are a quirky blend of 50s and 60s fashion – playing with grown up styles and girly touches, like her signature hair slides. Stripes are a classic for day-to-night chic, and add a pop of pattern to your look, whilst being very easy to wear. The colour palette combines pastel tones with richer colours, making it perfect for this transitional period. Also check out this amazing spread from Elle Ukraine, which channels Margot’s look with a more luxurious twist…

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  • Faux fur
  • Contrasting shapes
  • Girly touches
  • Stripes

The Royal Tenenbaums fashionFor the film 4/5

For the fashion 4/5

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An Education

An Education film stills

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

500 Days of Summer

Film Stills from 500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer is a charmingly kooky anti-rom-com – as the narrator tells us at the beginning “This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story.” Shot with a non-chronological sequence, we see the story of quirky Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and love-struck Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt ) in pieces which provides an appealing twist on traditional rom-com structure, contrasting ridiculously cute scenes – like their trip to Ikea – with Tom smashing plates in his kitchen. The film also uses interesting techniques, like dividing the screen between shots of Tom’s expectations and his reality at Summer’s party. It also has a great musical sequence set to the best song to wake up to ever. However, there’s something about it that means that – even though I love Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel – it isn’t one of my favourites… It might be just that goes on a little too long, or there’s something off to me about Summer’s ending (won’t spoil it). On the other hand, 80% of the film is really enjoyable and a refreshing take on love.

Summer’s style is very blue. She loves it – and you should too! It’s a great alternative to black, and there’s a shade to complement every complexion. She works it with vintage shapes, mixing 50s and 60s playfully with waisted dresses and sweet collared shirts. Contrasting her flowing clothes with more structured accessories keeps the look together.

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  • Prom dresses
  • Blues
  • Lady-like accessories
  • Tailored waists

500 Days of Summer Fashion

For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing Stills

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

The Boat That Rocked

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An all-star cast, a swinging soundtrack, and groovy 60s fashion – what more could you ask for? Oh that’s right, only the wonderful Richard Curtis who gave us the likes of Love Actually and Notting Hill… With all this comes bundles of charm, quotable lines, and more emotional pull than a monkey befriending a tiger cub (and that’s cute – google it).
The plot follows the attempts of a steely-eyed Kenneth Branagh to kill pirate radio, especially the station under the management of Bill Nighy – and of course, all does not go to plan. Throw in some love triangles, inter-DJ rivalry, and a sweet boy growing up on a crazy boat, and you’ll see why this is one of mine, and my family’s, favourites.
It also includes one of my favourite songs, beautifully performed by the talented Chris O’Dowd:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14U1pRUbMmw

The costumes throughout really evoke the fun, originality of the sixties and provide inspiration for looks to perk up your everyday style. Stick on your false eyelashes, turn up The Beach Boys and leave the winter blues behind…

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  • Pops of colour
  • Mini lengths
  • Quirky accessories
  • A-line shapes
  • Snazzy patterns

The Boat That Rocked Fashion

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 5/5