Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Fashion Films: Unzipped

Unzipped is a 1995 American documentary film, directed by Douglas Keeve. It follows fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Keeve's then boyfriend, as he plans and ultimately shows his fall 1994 collection. The film put such a rift in their relationship over Mizrahi's depiction that the two broke up over it.


There are appearances by supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss, as well as many other celebrities and designers from the fashion world and beyond.



Friday, 25 April 2014

Billboard 51: releases of the week



When a tragic accident cuts short the first manned mission to explore life on the moons of Jupiter, Michael Forrest must make the 3 year journey home to Earth in pure solitude.



After realizing she is not her boyfriend's primary lover, a woman teams up with his wife and plots 
mutual revenge.



A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.



A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.




Thursday, 24 April 2014

Fashion Films: Valentino, the last emperor

Valentino: The Last Emperor is a documentary film about the life of Valentino Garavani. 


It was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine. The film is an exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's most famous men, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino's celebrated career, tells the story of his life, and explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. At the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Billboard 50: releases of the week

Love Punch


A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.



The tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Style: Dennis Hopper, icon of the week

We'd like to talk remember Dennis Hopper as an icon style. The great actor who was always capable of achieving the right look for each of his performances.  


Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954 and appeared in two films featuring James DeanRebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.







Monday, 14 April 2014

Fashion films: Prêt-à-Porter



Today we'd like to show you the trailer of Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear), the new fashion film we recommend you:



Prêt-à-Porter, is a 1994 American satirical comedy film co-written, directed, and produced by Robert Altman and shot during the Paris, France, Fashion Week with a host of international stars, models and designers. The film may be best known for its many cameo appearances and its final scene which features two minutes of nude female models walking the catwalk.




Friday, 11 April 2014

Billboard 49: releases of the week

Calvary


After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.




Half of a Yellow Sun


A drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria.



A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Easter is Coming


We'd like to give you some great things to do over the Easter weekend! Take note!

Kensington Palace Egg Hunt

Fri Apr 18 – Mon Apr 21. Kensington Palace, The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Kensington Palace will be getting into the springtime spirit with an egg trail through the gardens, live performances and storytelling over the long weekend. If you're entertaining the kids this Easter, keep them sweet with the code-cracking chocolate hunt, then let them unleash their creative side with a very festive bonnet making class. As much as we're excited to see the Easter Bunny shuffling around the palace grounds, we'll also be keeping our eyes peeled for Wills and Kate emerging from their living quarters and bringing bonny Prince George out for a seasonal jolly. We can but hope…

Easter at Kew Gardens

Sat Apr 5 – Tue Apr 22. Kew Gardens, Kew Rd, Richmond, TW9 3AB
This year, Kew have teamed up with The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, and the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, to make 2014 the most chocolaty Easter ever. The Easter Egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew's Easter festival. Taking place on Sunday April 20, the little 'uns can forage for fair trade and organic chocolate eggs hidden across the Gardens. Throughout the fortnight there’s plenty more to enjoy: a create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar workshop and a visit to the Inventing Room where you can conjure up crazy recipes for Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstopper. Walk off all the sweet treats with a wander through the garden itself, which will be undergoing a transformation with spring in full swing and hundreds of daffodils and crocuses flowering.

Horniman Easter Fair

Sat Apr 19 – Sun Apr 20. Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
The Horniman Museum are pulling out all the stops for their Easter eggstravaganza this year. Setting up shop for the weekend will be an array of delectable food stalls sat alongside an arts and craft market. Chocolate-hungry Londoners can take part in an egg hunt around the museum's grounds, all the while a bunny hop dance will be kicking off in the bandstand. Entry to the fair is free, so go revel in some seriously seasonal cheer.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Fashion Films: Coco Before Chanel


Coco Before Chanel  is a 2009 French film about the early life of famed French fashion designer Coco Chanel. French actor Audrey Tautou stars as Chanel. Coco avant Chanel was directed and co-written by actor turned director Anne Fontaine.


Several years after leaving the orphanage where her father abandoned her, a young Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar. She is both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname 'Coco' from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with the charismatic Baron Balsan gives her an entry into French high society, and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats...



Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel's influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelryhandbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.




Friday, 4 April 2014

Billboard 48: releases of the week



Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.


Noah 

The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.



Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.



Two brothers who are forced to leave Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this moody thriller is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier.






Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Style: Serge Gainsbourg, style icon of the week

It's been a long time since we don't publish a post about style. But today, we're ready to retake this section of the blog and we'd like to talk about Serge Gainsbourg. 

Serge was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases, as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazzmamboworldchansonpop and yé-yé, to rock and rollprogressive rockreggaeelectronicdisco and new wave. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.




We specially like this photo of Serge where he appears with three-piece pinstripe suit worn without a tie or socks, but with his favourite white Repetto dancing shoes.


We're sure you recognize this beautiful song he wrote =)