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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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

Blue Jasmine

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Woody Allen’s latest offering follows Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, a high society wife who finds her life turned upside-down after her husband’s dodgy business dealings are revealed. Through this it cleverly works in elements of the financial crisis, including its effect on her sister Ginger (flawlessly played by Sally Hawkins), as well as debating what happiness really is as we watch Jasmine struggle to re-enter the world of work and love. Comic and unsettling, Blanchett gives a wonderfully nuanced performance as a woman on the verge of total breakdown whilst still trying to prove that she is better than everyone else. She is backed by an amazing supporting cast: Alec Baldwin is great as the slick business man, fooling his wife with diamonds in one hand and a mistress behind her back, and Louis C.K. and Bobby Cannavale are particularly funny as Ginger’s romantic entanglements. A wonderfully charming, but thought-provoking film, I expect it will clean up in awards season – Blanchett and Hawkins definitely deserve nominations.

Jasmine’s designer wardrobe is best seen during her flashbacks and her fling with Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard). A classic palette of monochrome and pastels in tailored cuts, it’s great inspiration for upgrading your workwear. A large leather tote bag will be your new best friend – so much space, and will go with anything. Add some luxe accessories like metallic heels and sparkling wrist candy to finish the look – as most of us can’t quite afford Jasmine’s incredible diamonds, opt for crystals.

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  • Classic pieces
  • Luxurious accessories
  • Pastel touches
  • Elegant cuts

Blue Jasmine fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5

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

Jennifer’s Body – Halloween Special

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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

Black Swan – Halloween Special

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I am the worst with scary movies: any ghosts, serial killers or zombies and I’ll be jumping for a week… So, when Halloween rolls around I tend to shy away from all slasher flicks and anything with exorcism in the title. However, I think that Black Swan is a great psychological thriller, with just the right amount of gore to make your skin crawl – without making you scared of your own shadow. Plus it provides a perfect chic Halloween costume – also works great for pairs.

Natalie Portman gives an incredibly convincing performance as perfectionist Nina, the new ballet star struggling to embody both the innocent White Swan, as well as the passionate Black Swan. Her gradual descent into madness as she becomes more and more involved in the role is gripping. Surrounded by mischievous Lily (Mila Kunis), the lecherous company director (Vincent Cassel) and her obsessive mother (Barbara Hershey), Nina’s paranoia and hallucinations rise to disturbing levels – watch out for a particularly alarming scene with Winona Ryder and a pair of nail scissors.

This costume is the perfect excuse to embrace your inner ballerina with tulle and as many feathers as you can get your hands on. Whilst the black swan costume embraces dramatic gothic accessories, keep the innocence of the white swan with nude shoes and lace. For both looks, the make-up is very important: a white base is needed for both, then change up the eye make-up depending on the swan (here is a great tutorial for the black swan look). Finish with a high ballet bun or simple up do, and you’re ready to take your place centre stage…

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  • Tutu skirts
  • Feathers
  • Contrasting colour palettes

Black Swan fashionFor the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 4/5

The Heat

The Heat Stills

From the director of Bridesmaids (Paul Feig), The Heat is another outrageous comedy with strong female leads, and the funniest film I’ve seen this summer. The film follows an uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who must partner-up with foul-mouthed, rule-breaker Detective Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug-lord. If you’ve seen Miss Congeniality – which I have about 70 million times – you’ll know that Bullock has this role down, and the chemistry between her and McCarthy makes for really enjoyable viewing. Although it takes a little while to really get going, The Heat had my whole screen laughing out-loud – and squealing about the memorable tracheotomy scene – especially over McCarthy’s comebacks. The supporting cast are also really good, especially Mullins’ argumentative family, and the albino DEA officer. As well as this, like Bridesmaids, it skilfully explores female friendship in a way that isn’t seen that much on screen. It may not be the best comedy of all time, but it certainly is one to see.

The fashion in the film is actually not that great, although does give handy directions on how to turn your pantsuit into a clubbing outfit if you’re not afraid of scissors… But, it does tap into the army, tough girl trend that is set to continue into AW ’13. Keep colours muted, and stick to non-shiny fabrics, but don’t be afraid to add some glam touches like heavy bracelets or a pair of earrings. So, soak up that girl power vibe and get ready to bring the heat.

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  • Camouflage
  • Muted tones
  • Studs and zips
  • Statement jewellery

The Heat FashionFor the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 2/5

10 Things I Hate About You

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90s teen movies may be my ultimate guilty pleasure, but 10 Things is top of the list. With the gorgeous Heath Ledger, a baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, quotable lines, and lots of teen angst, you can’t help but forgive its ‘liberal’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Set in Padua High, the story follows young Bianca and Cameron as they try to set up her fiery sister, Kat, with the dark and mysterious Patrick Verona. Plotting, paintballing, and parties ensue, and it also contains one of the most heart-melting scenes of all-time.

Before I get all starry-eyed over Heath, 10 Things is a 90s fashion capsule, and great inspiration for this summer. Although this decade’s – and this film’s – fashion choices had their ups and downs, 90s is building momentum as a major trend, and is easily incorporated into your wardrobe. You don’t need to stick to one Stratford sister, but blend Kat and Bianca’s style with minimalist shapes meeting sunny prints…

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  • Spaghetti straps
  • Denim
  • Flatforms
  • Kitsch patterns

10 Things I Hate About You Fashion

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5