by Lauren

2011 in review: fashion

December 31, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

As always, the main focus of The Dernier Cri throughout 2011 was fashion in all its forms. I’ll focus only on what I’ve covered through the blog, but please feel free to share your own favourite looks and moments in the comments.

Best Red Carpet Outfit: I have to say that overall, I was a little disappointed with the red carpet wear this year and I’m hoping the stars get back on their game in time for the looming 2012 awards season. Some of my favourite gowns from 2011 include Mila Kunis’ Louis Vuitton at the SAG Awards, Thandie Newton in printed Monique Lhuillier at the BAFTAs, Jessica Marais in J’Aton at the Logies and Diane Kruger in Jason Wu at the Met Costume Institute Gala. However, this year my best red carpet outfit award is a tie – awarded to Emma Watson for her white Marchesa mini at the MTV awards and Victoria Beckham for her self designed gown topped with Philip Treacy hat for the Royal Wedding.

Best Perfume Campaign: The fashion houses really stepped up their game in the perfume market this year, launching some great campaigns featuring some of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Emma Watson made her debut for Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose, Natalie Portman was chic and sexy for Miss Dior, and Leighton Meester was Lovestruck for Vera Wang. However, I think Keira Knightley’s campaign for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle was this year’s best effort.

Wedding Dress of the Year: While there was some real life competition from Kate Moss and fictional competition from Blair Waldorf and Bella Swan, I simply could not go past Kate Middleton’s gorgeous gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. After all the rumours, it was so exciting to finally see the gown – and then to see it in person at Buckingham Palace over the summer.

“Lusting for…” round-up: In 2011, I wrote 39 “lusting for…” posts. In line with the current state of the world economy (and the fact that it’s far more difficult and expensive to get goods shipped to Switzerland than it was to Australia), I only purchased three of those items – the Rodna Halter Dress (which I wore to every one of my holiday parties and loved every time), the Milk Bottle Measuring Cups (still available in stores if you’re keen to join me) and the Spin Pin (which I eventually tracked down in Claire’s Accessories).

What are your most memorable outfits, campaigns and purchases from 2011?

**Best wishes for 2012 from The Dernier Cri – we look forward to welcoming you back next year!**

by Lauren

2011 in review: movies

December 29, 2011 in movies by Lauren

One of the downsides of moving to Switzerland was that I lost my advantage in film blogging. Not only am I no longer getting invites to previews but when I do actually get to see films, it’s usually a good 2-3 months after the film was released in the English speaking world.

As a result, my focus has shifted more to upcoming releases and away from reviews (though, of course, the reviews still feature when I can make it to a film close to the American/British/Australian release date).

With all that in mind, let’s look back at 2011.

Absolute worst film: I saw some terrible films this year including Drive Angry but I think the worst of all would have to be Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre staged documentary I’m Still Here. I was most definitely not still here for the end of that one.

Biggest disappointment: The Adjustment Bureau was an absolute massacring of a brilliant storyline. The ending didn’t fit, the clichés were appalling and I was left thoroughly disappointed that a story with so much potential was allowed to be released like this.

Surprising success: I was surprised that I loved Bridesmaids as much as I did – but it was truly one of the best comedies I saw this year. It didn’t come out in my local cinema for a good three months or so after its US release so I didn’t write a review but if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend you add it to your Netflix queue pronto.

Still waiting: I’m really looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. I’m also really hanging out for the release of The Muppets and My Week with Marilyn. Fingers crossed all will be released in the next month or so.

Runner Up: Even though I reviewed it almost a year ago, The King’s Speech remains one of my favourite films of the year. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were impecable as King George and his speech therapist.

Best Film of 2011: I’m not usually a big fan of psychological thrillers but I was so impressed by Natalie Portman’s portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan that it became my number one film of the year. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments.

If you want a re-cap of 2011 in film, check out the filmography below – I’ve seen 67 of the 351 film clips featured. How many have you seen?

by Lauren

2011 in review: news

December 28, 2011 in news by Lauren

2011 was definitely an eventful year. So many things happened that it’s impossible to list them all but here’s a reminder of some of our top stories.

Personal: The event that affected me the most personally was also one of the first of the year – the floods in Queensland, Australia. Fortunately the death toll stayed low, making us much luckier than those in Brazil and South East Asia, who also suffered from devastating floods this year.

Fairy Tale: We couldn’t forget the royal wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William, which took place in April. Crowds lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new princess in her gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown.

Wedding Belles: Ms Middleton wasn’t the only bride to walk down the aisle this year. In April, Reese Witherspoon married Jim Toth in a dress she could’ve borrowed from her Legally Blonde character Elle Woods. Then in July, Kate Moss married Jamie Hinze in John Galliano and the same weekend, Prince Albert of Monaco married South African Charlene Wittstock.

Princess Rights: In October, Britain continued its big year for the royal family announcing it had changed its outdated succession laws to allow royal sons and daughters equal rights to the throne.

Baby: In July, Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their first daughter, Harper Seven. The post about the birth was the most popular post on The Dernier Cri this year.

Anniversary: In September, New York remembered 9/11 ten years on with a tribute in light.

Death: Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away in March. Seven months later, Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs finally lost his battle with cancer. Both are missed.

For a wrap up of all the year’s top stories (including those that we didn’t discuss on this blog), check out Google’s Zeitgeist below.

What were your top news stories in 2011?

by Lauren

gift guide wrap-up

December 23, 2011 in entertainment by Lauren

If you haven’t got your holiday gifts sorted yet, there’s still time! While I’m on my trans-Atlantic flight, why not check out the collection of ideas I’ve put together for you. Admittedly, it’s a little late for online shopping now, but there are still some great ideas.

Check out last year’s post on last minute gift ideas if you’re really stuck or you could try my fall back plan of baking.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts so just make sure you tell the important people in your life that you love them and you’re thinking of them at this special time of year!

by Lauren

gift idea #15: the charity water bottle

December 15, 2011 in entertainment by Lauren

Wait, a water bottle? That’s what Matt Damon and Water.org think should be the number one gift of 2011. Watch the hilarious video below of Damon trying to convince kids that it’s what they really want for Christmas.

Water.org is an international nonprofit organisation that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Why not give them a Christmas present too and buy somebody on your list a special Christmas water bottle (from US$25).

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