Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Single Man

I wanted to write this post about two months ago when I first saw Tom Ford's directorial debut, but because I saw it in the sneakiest and coolest but unfortunately Top Secret way I couldn't. But now that it's available for general consumption I'm free to gush. I mean, I obviously very much enjoyed it.
Based on Christopher Isherwood's short story, which Ford read as a young man and loved, then re-read at 50 and loved and identified with it, it's about an English professor (Colin Firth being the best I've ever seen him. Yes, even better than Mr.D'Arcy), who's long-term partner (played in flashback by Matthew Goode) has died. It's basically just a really beautiful character study, also involving his batty neighbour (Julianne Moore, looking a right babe), a young student (Nicholous Hoult - grown out of Skins in a big way, more on this to come..).
Everything is literally baaaathed in Ford's aesthetic - think really amazing Gucci ads from a few years back, but set in the 60's and less commercial, more artsy. And now, I'm no film critic (obvs - one of my favorites of all time is Dirty Dancing, so, y'know..), so I can't do it discriptive justice, it was one of those movies that you literally have to exerience to get what I'm on about. The lighting is incredible, one scene in particular where Firth looks like he's walking at night but it turns out it's a billboard the exact colour of nighttime. Everything is so historically accurate without seeming dated, kindof like Mad Men actually now I think of it.. The attention to detail is brilliant, I wanted to touch the leather and get a thread count on the sheets, and the close ups of the Firth's meticulous routine aaargh I'm trying my best here, but to be honest all I can really say is that you have to see it.

Em, can't think of how to introduce the Nicholous Hoult issue without literally just being like "so, let's talk about how hot this guy is", so I'm just gonna jump in and say, wow yeah, he's really really hot these days. Especially in the pink mohair jumper.. And He's got himself some spiffy Tom Ford eyewear print ads with a tan naked chick, good for him. He's come along way from About A Boy, like.

This is the scene with the billboard. Don't quite get the full effect in the photo, obvs..

Also getting some screen time is Spanish model Jon Kortajarena. Yeah..

While we're on the subject of blatantly objectifying, Mr.Ford hismelf's not bad for 50.. Not necessarily in this photo, which looks like something off the back of an 80's porno, but in general, no?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let's talk about Leigh.

So I'm just in from London with an abundance of vintage flannel and lace (and beige) and considerable £STL lighter, but I'm tiiiiired and I will tell you about how amazing it was and post my disappointing number of photos later, but for now, can we please just talk briefly about Leigh Lezark? Essentially, I love her, and I'm mildly obsessed with her, Dellal-stlye. One-third of the Misshapes, model, Chanel muse/style ambassador, and I heard she's a natural blonde. The cheekbones! The year-round subtle glowy tan! Allll that eyeliner. And her hair is SO shiny. I'm actually falling asleep as I type, and hence finding it difficult to string together an interesting read here (what? you're not riveted by my babble?), so let's just roll straight to the pictures:

With Geordon and Greg, her fellow Misshapes. I like a DJ collective to match, hair wise.

In a Chanel body, via Jak and Jil. Not sure why this is underlining..

I'm guessing that Leigh and the obviously very hot Max Minghella were/are a thing cos there's thousands of photos of them together. Lucky. Him, I mean. Obv.

Just FYI...

If you're not follwing the wonderful Tommy Ton's coverage of NYC fashion week on, you should be, it's brilliant. HERE!

Friday, February 12, 2010

No words for the time being.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"She's so... Beige"

I'm so obsessed with beige. I know, it's boring. In fact, I've been using it to describe boring people for years now. But MY GOD, I literally cannot stop buying and wearing it. Helpfully, the whole beige/nude spectrum is bang on trend and therefore easy to get my mitts on, and to be honest, I'm so far into it that I can't remember if it was the shows this season (Céline, Burberry, etc etc) which hooked me or if it was just a happy accident. Anyway. I bought this gem in the UO sale for seven quid. I know, lucky right? Only problem is it's quite a small small and therefore I can only wear it sparingly as I'm afraid it won't last long cos it's so tight...

Nice, eh?

I won't bother reiterating my insane mad love for beige nail polish, I think we've covered that. Next on my list is a nude bodysuit for layering (and lookin' kinda naked?), Topshop do a really good shade for €21, excellent. I'm gonna completely nick my mate's idea - I ran into her the other day dressed almost identical to her - harem pants (hers were silk, mine merely
glorified trackies from AA), bodysuit (hers NUDE! and mine black) and bomber jacket (hers vintage leather, mine vintage denim, just so you can form a clear picture). So basically, I'm gonna buy a nude body and nick her style. Other nude items on the wishlist are a nude lacy croptop from Topshop (totally rhymes), a beigey leathery bag - Mui Mui would be ideal, but possibly unrealistic?, a really good, oversize sandy cashmere cardi, some nice simple off white brogues aaand one of those lovely drapey skirts from Burberry. Please.

Off-white, another wonderful member of the beige spectrum.

Burberry do this palette really well. Just look at the classic trench - good beige..

...God, I've just realised how many of my blog posts turn into lists of things I want. Sorry..?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Aaaagh I hate that I haven't posted in like ten days, and I have zero time on my hands at the moment, but I felt I had to document this : Britney wore fishnets to The Grammys. Are fishnets cool again? Were they ever really cool? All I remember is wearing them in my wannabe alternative/kinda trampy phase when I was fifteen with a horrible red skirt..

I mean, I know everyone is saying that Britney's all better and shiney again, and I know she's improved since the head-shaving/bad pole dance video phase, but still, I mean, fishnets..?