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best dressed at the 2011 SAG awards

January 31, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Another week, another awards ceremony… today it’s the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which is the last big ceremony in the US before the Oscars.

Most of the winners were unsurprising – Natalie Portman took out best actress for Black Swan again, Colin Firth won best actor for The King’s Speech again, Boardwalk Empire took out the TV categories again… it was basically the Golden Globes all over again!

Fortunately the dresses weren’t as repetitive as the winners’ list, with some fresh and beautiful designs making their way down the red carpet. Below are my favourite trends from the evening.

Belted and Patterned: Two distinct trends that work so well together – especially on Claire Danes in Louis Vuitton and Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen.

Lace: January Jones covered up more than she did at the Globes, and her lace look Carolina Herrera gown was elegant perfection.

Nude: Ok, this is an ongoing trend but many of the younger stars were rocking the look. Heather Morris from Glee worked it the best in my book wearing a bedazzled and feathered Romona Keveza.

White: Amy Adams, Winona Ryder and Lea Michele all rocked it but who could go past Natalie Portman and her baby bump looking elegant a bejeweled and strapless Azzaro gown? Too stylish!

It’s a tough call but my best dressed goes to the gorgeous Mila Kunis in her fiery Alexander McQueen, who narrowly beats Claire Danes is her ruffled and belted Louis Vuitton. Who is your pick for best dressed?

by Lauren

friday film (clip): big jet plane

January 28, 2011 in music by Lauren

Angus and Julia Stone took out the number one spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2010 (an Australia Day institution for those readers from overseas). While it wasn’t one of my votes, its easy tune and sweet lyrics have been swirling around my head for the past two days – and the film clip is pretty cute too.

I’m actually a bit of a fan of this song at the moment for another reason – I’ll be taking my own one-way trip on a big jet plane shortly… more details to come!

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lusting for: book bags

January 27, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

In early December, I fell madly in love with Olympia Le Tan’s book clutches, after seeing Natalie Portman carry the Lolita version to the Black Swan premiere.

Le Tan’s intricate reproductions of classic book covers are created using embroidered canvas and the results are truly stunning. While I was desperate to add A Streetcar Named Desire to my accessories drawer, the price was just too far out of my budget at 1087€.

Today while reading Goldenmeans’ blog, I was excited to see Kate Spade has released a newspaper clutch for $125 – but even more excited once I realised it was part of a greater collection that included book cover clutches at a (more) affordable price point!

Kate Spade’s collection is quite impressive – I’m enamoured with the Emma and Great Expectations clutches (both $325). For something a little more substantial, there are also totes available, including a gorgeous yellow The Great Gatsby version ($175).

If you’d like to get your own bookish style on, the collection is available at Kate Spade and Bloomingdale’s.

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in the news: aussie barbie

January 26, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

It’s Australia Day and what better way to celebrate than with an Aussie barbie – I know I’ll be getting together with some friends this afternoon for some snags, beers and the Hottest 100.

If you prefer your barbies less meaty and more doll-like, there’s also a special Australia Day edition for you.

Mattel is releasing the Sydney Opera House Barbie doll to celebrate our national day this year and she’s quite a stunner. With a gown designed by Alex Perry and inspired by Sydney’s famous building, she is the fourth in the Landmark Series.

The Sydney Opera House Barbie is available in Australia for $44. Read more at Grazia.

However you’re celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Australia Day!

by Lauren

at the movies: black swan

January 25, 2011 in movies by Lauren

I’ve been hanging out for this film for a while and at long last, Black Swan is out in Australia – and it’s as brilliant as I’d hoped it would be.

Natalie Portman stars as Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose desire is to be perfect. When the company’s prima ballerina is forced to retire, Nina is chosen by director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) to dance the lead in the new production of Swan Lake.

Nina’s perfection makes her ideal for the role of the White Swan but that same perfection means the evil and seductive twin role of the Black Swan is difficult for her to portray. The company’s new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), is a perfect black swan and a rivalry grows between the two ballerinas. As Lily helps Nina to discover her dark side and opening night draws closer, Nina finds it hard to maintain her grip on reality.

Without a doubt, this is a spectacular film. Portman is eerily perfect as Nina, and not just because she trained in ballet for years – she also elegantly portrays Nina’s mental and physical fragility as her desire for perfection destroys her.

The film gets its strength (as well as its shock factor) from presenting a mental breakdown from the inside. For me, it was the use of mirrors (a staple of ballet studios as well as the object that shows us ourselves) that was particularly brilliant. I also loved the Clint Mansell and the Chemical Brothers’ reworking of the classic Tchaikovsky Swan Lake composition to create an edge-of-your-seat score.

Black Swan really deserves the awards buzz it’s been getting and Natalie Portman definitely deserved her Golden Globe – I expect we’ll see a few more nods when we get to Oscar time.

I don’t care who you see this with – just see it (though if psychological themes freak you out, perhaps take somebody to hold).

Rating: *****

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