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

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley film stillsSpring has sprung(ish..), so while we all begin to dream about our summer holiday, what better way to indulge in a little getaway fantasy than with the beautiful scenery of Italy in The Talented Mr Ripley. Although it’s the gripping storyline and incredible acting that are the main points of this film, you can’t help but wish you could flit along the Italian coast – albeit without Tom Ripley’s wake of destruction. This psychological thriller follows Matt Damon as Tom, a young man who is mistakenly welcomed into the world of wealth and privilege, and who will do anything to remain there. The brilliant supporting cast of Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman are all caught up in Ripley’s web of deceit, as he juggles them, loves them, and tries to avoid their ever-growing suspicions.

Set in the late 1950s, Paltrow’s Marge and Blanchett’s Meredith are incredibly elegant, providing perfect inspiration for a chic, retro spring-summer look. Co-ordinating separates play on the lady-like feel, and Marge’s tie-up shirt with a full midi skirt is very on trend. Add nautical prints and accessories for a touch of the Italian Riviera glamour.

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  • Light fabrics
  • Nautical details
  • Retro shapes
  • Fresh colours

The Talented Mr. Ripley fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Charlie’s Angels

Charlie's Angels film stillsDisguises, romantic entanglements, and a whole lot of girl power, the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels is the perfect film for a night in with your mates. Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore are the ultimate trio, even if we all have our favourite (totally got to be Liu’s whip-smart Alex). This film is pure, unadulterated fun with dance numbers, sassy comebacks, and over-the-top acting – not to mention the physics-defying fight sequences.

Although the Angels all have different styles, there are some key items you’ll need if you want to join them: a pair of ass-kicking trousers, a killer dress, and some classic noughties tinted sunglasses. A slogan tee or a crop top is also an essential for all Independent Women, and throw on a faded denim jacket for a pinch of Drew’s grungier edge. Complete with a full training in martial arts, bomb disposal, and acrobatics, then you’ll be ready to join America’s most glamorous sleuthing trio…

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  • Leather trousers
  • Sleek cocktail dresses
  • Pops of colour
  • Bold slogans and shapes

Charlie's Angels fashionFor the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 4/5

The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street film stillsIt’s hard to know what to say about The Wolf of Wall Street: amazing and terrifying, hilarious and deeply unsettling, it will have you hooked all the way till the end. It may be three hours long, but you won’t want to miss a minute. The most disconcerting part is DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jordan Belfort, who is just so loathsome, and yet, somehow you are rooting for him to come out on top, to have just one more trick up his Armani sleeve. If this role doesn’t get him an Oscar, I don’t know what will. Not a film for the faint-hearted, The Wolf of Wall Street rattles through drugs, sex, and more drugs at an alarming pace. The effects of this unbelievable excess are presented with such fantastic direction by Scorsese that they are both comic and incredibly traumatic, producing scenes that will stay with me for a long time. This film is a juggernaut – incredible cast, engrossing story, and impeccable production.

The 80s Wall Street power suit is in full force – for today, pair exaggerated shoulders with a slim leg and a killer heel. Margot Robbie also looks stunning throughout as Belfort’s love interest, Naomi, in bold body-con dresses and luxurious leather and silk. Team with a chicly messy chignon and you’ll look a million dollars – no stock brokers required.

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  • Sharp tailoring 
  • Shots of bold colour
  • Luxe accessories 
  • A little bit OTT

The Wolf of Wall Street fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Skyfall

Skyfall film stillsSkyfall takes the James Bond film franchise to the next level. The film goes deeper into the psychology of the ageing spy (Daniel Craig) as he faces the most frighteningly intelligent and powerful villain yet (Javier Bardem). It also explores M’s mysterious past, and the difficulties of personal relationships in MI6. Sam Mendes direction creates stunning scenes, particularly the Shanghai skyscrapers and shots of the Highlands, but keeps the exhilarating stunts and fights that you want from 007. The additions of Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw add fresh dynamics to the team, as does the beautiful Naomie Harris as Eve, the woman that Bond films were waiting for. More than just a femme fatale or damsel in distress, I really look forward to seeing her character develop in further films. This brings me to my only problem with Skyfall; I don’t quite understand the role of Severine (played by the gorgeous Bérénice Marlohe), although she fulfils the typical ‘Bond-girl’ slot wonderfully, her character does seem quite expendable. That said, I can certainly see why it is the highest-grossing film in the UK, and very much look forward to the next instalment.

Whatever my issue with Severine’s character, her wardrobe is stunning – particularly her lust-worthy embellished evening dress. For a range of head-turners, I suggest Forever Unique or Coast’s gowns. Let the oriental settings inspire you with rich colours and intricate patterns, while Eve’s beautifully tailored wardrobe demonstrates a chic, modern look. Accessorise with a Martini – shaken, not stirred.

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  • Statement evening dress
  • Rich colours
  • Oriental influence
  • Form-fitting tailoring

Skyfall fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 5/5

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

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

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

Jennifer’s Body – Halloween Special

Jennifer's Body film stills

Written by Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body does have a hint of the wit and quirky humour of Juno – just a lot more gore. In this horror-comedy Megan Fox plays crazy-hot cheerleader Jennifer, who becomes a bloodthirsty demon that preys on boys. Her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) is the only one that knows the truth behind Jennifer’s bouncy hair and glowing complexion, but it does take her quite a while to do anything – basically leaving it until Jennifer goes after her own boyfriend, Chip. Whilst it provides a fun, trashy Halloween flick, I wouldn’t rush back to watch Jennifer’s Body, as there’s something a bit disconnected about the plot. I think there should have been more made of Needy’s doubts about her sanity, and I’m not quite sure whether the fire was necessary.

Using Jennifer’s look from the movie poster, you can create a great Halloween costume with pieces that can be mixed into your everyday wardrobe when you don’t feel like looking like a demon cheerleader. Splashes of red, a varsity jacket, and a pleated skirt, as well as sexy accessories, will give you Jennifer’s killer look – smear some fake blood around the mouth to look like a real maneater…

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  • Preppy pieces
  • Red accents
  • Suggestive accessories

Jennifer's Body fashionFor the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 3/5