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
  • Festive colours
  • Cosy knits
  • Sparkles

Fashion from Love Actually

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 2/5

Don Jon

Don Jon Stills

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