by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: midnight in paris

March 31, 2011 in movies by Lauren

Woody Allen’s new film, Midnight in Paris, is due to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 11 May 2011.

As the title suggests, it’s based in Paris (the first of Allen’s films to be entirely set in the city) and centres around the exploits of a young couple. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams lead the stellar cast, which includes Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni.

Allen tends to be polarising – you either love him or hate him – which is the reason the boy will be staying home when I head off to see this one. Take a look at the trailer below and let me know what you think.

Midnight in Paris will be released in the US on 20 May (Australian release date TBA).

by Lauren

in the news: lily allen turns designer

March 30, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Last year, British singer Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen opened Lucy in Disguise – a vintage store in London’s Covent Garden. Yesterday, they announced they will be making their design debut with an 18-piece ready-to-wear collection for pre-fall 2011.

According to WWD, the collection comprises mostly of dresses including: Fortnums, a Forties-style rayon crepe tea dress with a lily of the valley print; Chatsworth, a lawn green high-waisted maxidress embroidered with matte gold sequins; and Capone, a black sequined and beaded tulle flapper-esque dress.

The best part is no matter where you live in the world, you can get your hands on this fabulous collection! It will be sold at Harvey Nichols in the UK, through Shopbop.com in the US, at Le Bon Marché in France, at Freeshop in Japan and, of course, David Jones in Australia. The collection will also be sold at the Lucy in Disguise London store and through the Lucy in Disguise website from June.

Check out the full collection here. Personally, I quite like Fortnums and will be interested to see how it looks once it’s made up. What do you think of the collection?

by Lauren

at the movies: the adjustment bureau

March 29, 2011 in movies by Lauren

Apologies for the lack of movie reviews lately – it’s taking me a little while to get into the Swiss movie scene and most of the films out here have already well and truly been released in the US and Australia (because English/US films need to have both French and German subtitles applied before Swiss release). Hopefully my reviews will become more timely as I find a way to establish myself into the preview/premiere circuit.

Ok, enough excuses… on with the review!

I saw the preview for The Adjustment Bureau a few months back and thought it looked amazing. I thought it was going to be this year’s Inception – a mind-blowing concept developed into a can’t-look-away thriller/action film.

David Norris (Matt Damon) is running for Senate and meets dancer Elise (Emily Blunt) while practicing his concession speech. She inspires him to deliver the best speech of his career and when they run into each other again on the bus the next morning, it seems they are meant to be together. However, a group of mysterious agents are determined to keep the two apart in order to keep fate on its path. David can’t accept that he shouldn’t be with Elise so he does everything he can to outwit and outrun the men of the Adjustment Bureau.

Unfortunately I couldn’t have been more disappointed with this film. The concept – that there’s a group of men who are responsible for controlling our fate – was brilliant, but this film was let down by its script.

The story because progressively more clichéd and corny until my fellow-cinema goers were actually laughing out loud at most of Matt Damon’s lines (but perhaps that’s just a Swiss thing).

For me, the worst part was the ending. It was changed and filmed several months after the rest of the film, and I think it shows. Had it been different, perhaps my review would be more positive.

My advice? Take control of your own destiny and wait until this one comes out on DVD.

Rating: **

by Lauren

lusting for: milk from a thistle

March 28, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

We talk a lot about international brands on this blog so let’s show some love for a great local brand today!

Milk from a Thistle is a unique Sydney brand designed by Danielle Atkinson. The brand’s signature is fabulous hand-painted and digital prints on easy-to-wear garments.

Danielle says she takes her cue from her love of design, rather than current fashion trends, and she loves scouring second hand stores for inspirational gems such as vintage prints and children’s books.

The current range has a bit of a retro vibe, which is obviously right on cue this season. I’m personally loving the Sophia Silk Skirt in Stallion Print (right). Isn’t it just divine?

Check out the Milk from a Thistle website for more designs and for a full list of stockists.

by Lauren

friday film: the world of anna della russo

March 25, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

During Paris Fashion Week, CNN interviewed the other Anna of Vogue – the Italian editrice of Vogue Nippon, Anna Della Russo.

Her life philosophies are as out there as her wardrobe choices (for example, one can go naked if one is wearing the right pair of shoes) and it’s obvious she and her American counterpart couldn’t be more different. Enjoy!

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