Thursday, 20 January 2011

Black Swan: deathly beautiful, fashion forward - I ♥ TuTus + Ballet!

I was a bit late in watching the much anticipated masterpiece, Black Swan, due to being in the Cayman Islands throughout the holidays. In the fashion world, this movie is a must-see and had to do with the fact that Rodarte has designed the ballet costumes. Impeccable! As it goes, the Mulleavy sisters created 40 costumes for the Darren Aronofsky thriller, including outfitting the entire ballet track. 

Rodarte is the name on everyone's mind especially now with the triumph of the film; the costumes are so "deathly beautifully". From Portman’s spider web rehearsal knits to a white column dress encrusted with jewels that she wears to a ballet benefit, fashion lovers will appreciate the sister's touch. Outsiders will appreciate their ability to create purity in fashion. Aronofsky used the costumes as Portman's, character is insecure, shy, paranoid, and virginal usually wears white, grey, or pink. While Mila Kunis, whose character is loose and wild, wears plenty of black. As does Portman’s mother, played by Barbara Hershey. It’s when Portman and Hershey are in scenes together that the costumes convey the most to the audience.
As for the film? I’m not a movie critic, but this psychological melodrama is entertaining, scary, creepy, strange, and funny all at once. Portman is good. Really, really good. Her ballerina is empathetic yet frightening. This film makes you believe that she might be the most important actress of her generation.

I overheard the conversation of two fashion big-wigs as they discussed awards season being in full swing. Apparently, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s names will not be in the nominations for the Best Costume Design category as Amy Westcott has “front credit” as costume designer for the film while they've only received a backend credit.A la Edith Head winning the Oscar for Sabrina when Givenchy outfitted Hepburn for the film.

In the case of Rodarte for Black Swan, some say that the Mulleavy’s were “naive about movies,” meaning they didn’t negotiate credits in their initial deal, and weren’t members of the the Costume Design Guild when they worked on the film (they are now). Fox Searchlight reportedly wanted to submit Westcott and the Mulleavy sisters for Oscar consideration, but guild rules dictate that only the front credit designer is eligible.

This will not happen twice, the word is that the sisters are repped by William Morris and seeking movie projects outside of producing the chic Rodarte line–and this time they want their names up front! XOXO TH+WH

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Purple Reign..Gossip Girl's Blake Lively brings Spring!

Top 10 Trend: Marchesa's purple stencil dress as seen on Blake Lively at the 63rd National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala at Cipriani on January 11th was the beginning of Spring.

And we'll certainly see this lively girl out during the Award season. She chose one of her signature labels, Marchesa and not Chanel, which is a major surprise since she is the face of Karl Lagerfeld's new Mademoiselle handbag collection. I'm sure she'll make up for this by wearing Chanel to the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. Both Blake and dress are rather exquisite(pic attached). Her loose imperfect hair completes a perfect look for Spring 2011! NB. She does NOT have a stylist♥..very rare.
Marchesa dress available @ (price >$3,500)

ALTERNATIVE WORLDShop Crown Atelier "Tudor Tunic" ($159)avail Feb 28th and make the colour purple reign this spring!
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Saturday, 8 January 2011

New celebrity fragrance?! Do we really need another … Rihanna says yes!.

Fragrance 2011:Perfume Counter Near You is Rihanna's fragrance.Phew or Mmmmm?!

Rihanna’s Reb’l Fleur:fragrance launches January 25, and you can expect it to be accompanied by a very loud advertising campaign. She’ll be on billboards everywhere, including Times Square in NYC. A 30-second video will be launched online with hopes it will go viral (well .. this is now main marketing strategy?!) The video will also be made into a commercial that will be shown in 1,900 movie theaters.

The fragrance name refers to Rihanna’s nickname given to her by her grandmother in Barbados. It’s a strong scent with fruit notes, hibiscus, violet, coconut water, vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk. Rihanna said it will be “like high heels with a short, flirty dress.” Prices will range from $30-$59
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Sunday, 2 January 2011

Leaving to London... how do you pack???? Help

London at any time of year is lovely and visiting in January and February calls for major style! After-all London Fashion Week is in preparation etc! The rule is that when dressing for cold weather, you just layer in Europe and instantly you’re chic.The team's advice is that you bring plenty of relaxed clothes and accessories without over-stuffing your suitcase. Let’s pack?! I look to do the small things first.
1. camera
2. plump scarf 
3. leather gloves
4. some sort of hat
5. Man-purse even though you’re a girl! This will secure your belongings
6. small jewellery
7. comfortable riding boots

We’ll end with the essentials:
1. chunky knit sweater 
2. well-made leggings 
3. any brand of jeans that Victoria Beckham endorses 
4. V-neck tee long sleeve and short
5. outer-wear option—cropped leather jacket or Trench coat! 

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