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

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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

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