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12 Jan

The 90s Film Making The Case For Wearing Black At Weddings

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We’re taking style cues from Kristin Scott Thomas’ character, the sarcastic and stylish Fiona, in Four Weddings and a Funeral

“Isn’t she beautiful?” gushes Scarlett, played by Charlotte Coleman, in Four Weddings and a Funeral, as bride number one of the four in the film’s title walks down the aisle. “Scarlett, you’re blind,” replies Kristin Scott Thomas’ Fiona. “She looks like a big meringue.” Such is Fiona’s cutting, wry humour; her lines in the 1994 film deftly convey her sharp indifference towards nuptials. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a bittersweet, charming and quintessentially British – save for the presence of Andie MacDowell in the role of Hugh Grant’s Texan love interest Carrie – film that follows Charles (Grant) and his friendship group as they...
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5 Jan

The 1971 French Spaghetti Western Starring Brigitte Bardot

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Any film which sees icons Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale facing off in hand-to-hand combat, bosoms heaving and petticoats muddied, deserves some serious stylistic attention. Les Pétroleuses(or The Legend of Frenchie King, as it’s known in English) is a witty 1971 spaghetti western that’s captivating from the get-go. The setting is a bizarre francophone Texas town in 1888, dominated by Marie Sarrazin (Cardinale) and her band of brothers. When the daughters of the notorious outlaw Frenchie King arrive in town, led by his eldest child Louise (Bardot), the two families clash with comedic results. Like many films from this era it comes drenched in outdated Western stereotypes, from a Native American wiseman to a Chinese acupuncturist, but nonetheless it continues to radiate the same heat it did on...
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20 Nov

The Lavish Period Drama That Inspired Louis Vuitton S/S18

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Nicolas Ghesquière looked to 18th century France for inspiration this season – here, we examine Dangerous Liaisons, a film set in the same opulent era

Nicolas Ghesquière set his S/S18 Louis Vuitton show in the Louvre’s Pavillon de l’Horloge. The collection itself was a mish-mash of the contemporary – including a Stranger Things T-shirt and chunky, futuristic trainers – punctuated by a series of frock coats that alluded to the lavish decadence of 18th century France. These pieces, which wouldn’t have looked out of place worn by Louis XVI himself, married the historic grandeur of French high-fashion with the modern Parisian sensibility for which Ghesquière is so renowned. Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (1988) is a film that delves into a similar moment. Based on the 1782 French epistolary novel Les...
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31 Jul

Everything We Know About ‘The Princess Diaries 3’ So Far

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The script has already been written!

It's hard to believe that The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement came out way back in August 2004. While the past thirteen years have just flown by, fans of the Disney series have never given up hope on getting another sequel. And if new reports are to be believed, The Princess Diaries 3 is finally on the way, but will Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine return? Here's what we know so far.

THERE'S ALREADY A SCRIPT!

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Author of The Princess Diaries book series, Meg Cabot told Entertainment Weeklythat a script exists. She also said that if the movie gets made, it'll happen "kind of as a tribute" to Garry Marshall, director of the first two movies, who sadly passed away in 2016....
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15 Jun

Sofia Coppola’s Colour Palettes

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To watch a Sofia Coppola film is to be transported to an alternate universe, defined by her fondness for soft, natural lighting, meandering, drawn-out shots, and, most notably of all, sumptuous pastel hues. But while there’s no denying that her films look good enough to eat, there’s more to the American director’s distinct aesthetic than first meets the eye, her films’ visual codes serving to reflect the emotional journeys of her protagonists. As video essayist Jacob T. Swinney points out, “Coppola’s atmosphere seems to mirror the inner workings of her characters. [She] crafts these dreamscapes to show us not only who her characters are, but who they want to be.” Next week marks the UK release of her anticipated sixth...
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16 Feb

The Photographer Behind Marni’s Mischievous S/S17 Campaign

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Barbara Probst is renowned for producing images that comment upon the seductive and illusory effect that photography so often employs. Cameras, studio lights and photographic equipment are intentionally made visible in her work and, as a consequence, the processes of image making become exposed to the viewer. When she began to work with the medium, Probst was initially interested in dissecting what a photograph actually is and how it functions, finding interest not in the subject itself, but rather in the many ways she could document it. Fascinated by the fact that there are countless ways of representing one and the same moment depending on the decisions of the photographer, she exploited this intrigue for the Marni S/S17 campaign, creating...
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14 Feb

Miu Miu Debuts Chloë Sevigny’s Latest Film

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For their Women’s Tales short film series, Miu Miu has asked Chloë Sevigny to direct a short film dealing with femininity in the 21st century. Sevigny chose to portrait stand-up comedienne Carmen Lynch within the neon-lit nighttime surroundings of Portland. The beautiful featurette provides an intimate view into how she deals with the insecurities caused by looks, dreams and absurd mating rituals by relentlessly poking fun at them. Carmen is the 13th movie from the ongoing series which includes short films by directors such as Zoe Cassavetes, Angès Varda and Miranda July.

You can watch Chloë Sevigny’s entire short film here

Miu Miu : Women’s Tales No. 13

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3 Feb

Syrie Maugham, the Surreptitious Star of Chanel Couture

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Who? World-renowned interior designer Syrie Maugham modernised the high society home in the 1920s and 30s. In a time of darkly panelled drawing rooms, tasseled tapestries and an absolute reverence for antiques, Maugham brought shades of white into public consciousness, when white only filled the rooms of workmen’s cottages. The decisive Syrie was born in London in 1879 to Thomas John Barnardo (who founded Barnardo’s children’s charity) and Sarah Louise Elmslie. At 22 years old, she married her first husband Henry Wellcome – 26 years her senior – whom she’d locked eyes on on a trip to Khartoum with her father. In 1903 they had a son, by which time Syrie had already taken solace from their unhappy marriage in a...
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23 Jan

Three Instagram Accounts Documenting Women on Screen

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Undeniably, cinema is still very much a boys club – and the representation of women on screen is habitually reflective of this unfortunate fact. Whether we are depicted through a male lens of pity, malice or hysteria – or, the dire ‘manic pixie dream girl’ trope (see Audrey Tautou in Amélie or Zooey Deschanel in basically anything) – we are so oft cinematically presented as entirely one-dimensional beings. The following three Instagram accounts seek to remedy this predicament, either by celebrating traits that are inherently ‘feminine’ on our own terms, or depicting nuanced female characters in film who extend beyond a tired portrayal. The resulting feeds are rich with incredibly relatable filmic imagery, which will entice your index finger into tapping the...
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