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

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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

Hitchcock

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Following the ups and downs of the marriage of Alfred and Alma Hitchcock during the making of Psycho, this film benefits from outstanding performances from Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s vivacious and sharp wife, and Anthony Hopkins portraying the eccentric director. Although I can’t tell how true to life the film is, the cast certainly persuade you that this is how it all happened – including that infamous shower scene. It may not be as full of suspense and twists as Psycho itself (which if you haven’t watched, you must do), but Hitchcock does show the difficulties of an ageing partnership, temptation, and the search for something original against a backdrop of censorship and doubt, with a script full of wit and truth.

With over 10 nominations so far, this film is well worth a watch, as are the late 50s costumes. Scarlett Johansson oozes glamour as Psycho’s star Janet Leigh with pencil skirts, blonde curls, and a gorgeous cream evening dress. The lady-like accessories and tailored shapes provide great inspiration for a work or evening look, and could be dressed-down for day-time by swapping a blouse for a t-shirt.

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  • Pencil skirts
  • Structured accessories
  • Hourglass shapes
  • 50s glamour

Hitchcock Fashion

For the film: 4/5

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