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

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

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

An Education

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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