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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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

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For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 4/5

Frances Ha

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Frances Ha is the only black and white film I’ve watched in a while – and it’s pretty beautiful. Given that most films nowadays are shot with bright colours, special effects, and maybe some 3D, I was a bit worried that I’d find the black and white disconcerting, but within seconds I’d completely forgotten. Telling the story of 20-something Frances (the talented Greta Gerwig) living in New York, Frances Ha brilliantly captures her struggles to become an official grown up: dealing with constant money worries, finding somewhere to settle down, and turning her love of modern dance into an actual career. It also explores the world of female friendships, including how relationships, traumas, and salary can all create divisions. The script, co-written by Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, is witty and pertinent – although Frances’ ability to blurt out the wrong thing can make you cringe, we’ve all been there…

 

Although you can only imagine the colours of Frances’ clothing, her style is an indie mix of ditzy florals, check shirts, and layers. Her looks can definitely provide inspiration for daytime casual cool, and her shearling jacket would be a great addition to any winter wardrobe. Team with a messy bun and a strong brow for the perfect outfit for struggling with your quarter-life crisis…

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  • Floral dresses
  • Oversized jackets
  • Layered shirts
  • Relaxed accessories

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For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 2/5

Marie Antoinette

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Sofia Coppola’s distinctive retelling of the life of the iconic Queen of France feels a little like a historical teen movie, with Marie Antoinette as the 18th century version of misfit-turned-it girl – only with less of the happily ever after… That said, although perhaps a little fluffy for some, this film is beautifully crafted with stunning views of Versailles, sumptuous sets and props, and more frills than you can shake a stick at. I also think that Kirsten Dunst does a great job portraying a vulnerable young girl’s transformation into one of the most infamous figures of history.

However, the costumes have to be the star of the show: big hats, big hair, and very big dresses. Coppola maintains a gorgeous palette of sugary pastels throughout which is perfect inspiration for pepping up your spring wardrobe. Look out especially for Marie’s increasingly theatrical accessories as well – particularly her updo that contains a replica ship!

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  • Macaroon colours
  • Extravagant accessories
  • Playing with volume

Marie Antoinette Fashion

For the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 5/5

Les Misérables

I’m not sure I’ve gone a day this month without hearing someone singing at least one of the songs from this (or belting them out myself), and with the film coming from the record-breaking musical, I’d expect nothing less. There’s been a lot of question over whether it lives up to the stage version, especially whether the actors can keep up with the songs – I say yes. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman could not give fuller performances, and even if Russell Crowe has a…different… style, the rest of the cast could be taken as real musical performers. The only fault I would have is the length – so make sure you don’t eat your popcorn in the first 20 minutes! Also, please wear waterproof mascara unless you want to journey home as a panda.

Now, fashion may not be your first thought on seeing this film – the rags of the French peasants don’t scream ‘must-have’ – but the colours, military elements, and use of volume are easily incorporated for a statement January look.

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– Red, white, and deep blue
– Military detailing
– Tailored waists
– Full skirts
– Layering

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For the film: 4/5
For the fashion: 3/5