Thursday, 23 August 2012

Great Gatsby!

The upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby has already got a bucket load of press attention, not only for the all star cast (think Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan) but for the fashion storm brewing around this racey period drama.
Set in 1920's New York City, it is set to be full of oppulence and decadence and it's no suprise that Miuccia Prada, the genius behind the Prada and Miu Miu labels, has collaborated with the film's costume designer Catherine Martin, to add that final touch of glamour! Miuccia has delved into her extensive archive and pulled forty dresses which will be given a '20's flapper-style twist for the film, according to Fashionista.

Miuccia Prada with Carey Mulligan at the Met Gala earlier this year.
Inspired by all this glamour, I have hunted down some great dresses that combine the twenties feel in a modern way...
Art-Deco Inspired Print Dress - Lipsy available at ASOS
Embellished Dip-Hem Dress - Lavish Alice
What do you think of my picks? Are you looking forward to the release of The Great Gatsby?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Window Shopping

As a lot of you may know, being a student can be pretty tough on the old bank balance. Recently I've taken to scouring through the online world and playing the oh so fun If-Only-I-Was-A-Millionaire game (to be honest I just play the If-I-Had-Any-Money-At-All game). I thought I would share with you lovely people some of my finds for today.

I really love the simplicity of this shirt and the added flashes of colour create a great twist on a wardrobe staple. I have put together a couple of outfits for inspiration....

Outfit #1
Blazer - Topshop
Trousers - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop
Trainers - Converse

Outfit #2

Skirt - ASOS
Shoes - ASOS
Necklace - Accessorize

What do you think of my styling? How would you wear the shirt?

Monday, 20 August 2012

Some Seriously Stylish Children

Surfing the internet today, I came across Zara's new lookbook for their childrens-wear line. Kids clothes are fast becoming a great way for brands to extend their reach and channel creativity towards a new audience.
I really love some of the looks that Zara has to offer and the clean backdrop that features in the lookbook below. If only the clothes came in bigger sizes...

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Style vs Practicality: The Great Debate

If you have read some of my other film-inspired posts, you may have gathered that I love movies and everything about them; this post is no different! Last weekend I went to see the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman triology: The Dark Knight Rises. As well as the story-line, music and fantastic acting, I was impressed with the practical yet stylish costume design. Being practical has become an important of my decision making when I get dressed in the morning and superheroes are definitely no exception! 

When a photograph of Anne Hathaway's eagerly anticipated Catwoman outfit was released to the press, a lot of fans spoke out about the lack of the infamous ears. Once the film had been released however, the problem had been resolved in an ingenious way. Catwoman has an array of practical gadgets (as you would expect) including a set of futuristic looking glasses. When she's not wearing these glasses, they flip up onto her head to create - very cleverly - a set of cat ears! I appreciate that this is not the most exciting thing about the whole film (and I can tell you, it definitely is NOT) but I think it's a great example of style and practicality combined in an innovative fashion.

Catwoman wearing the glasses of the future

Voila! The glasses become cat ears

Anne Hathaway is all her feline glory

Another brilliant way that costume designer, Lindy Hemming, has totally transformed something that is worn purely for practical reasons, comes in the form of, Batman's arch-villian, Bane's gas mask. Bane wears the mask to avoid intense pain from a childhood injury, but it has fast become an iconic symbol of evil and power along with the heavy vest containing the pain relief. The oscar-winning costume designer explains, Bane was meant to look like a cross between a dictator and a revolutionary.” 
This is added to by the thick shearling coat with rigid collar - protecting him from the elements but also creating a powerful profile. You take one look at him and you know - he's a baddy!

Tom Hardy as Bane - fast becoming one of my favourite actors

What is fashion, if not taking something needed for necessity and transforming it into a work of art?

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