by Lauren

fashion inspiration: the hunger games

March 29, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

It’s not like me to miss a cult book but for some reason, The Hunger Games slipped right by me. That meant I was able to watch the film over the weekend with fresh eyes and while I was obviously impressed with the storyline, the fashion of the Capitol has really stuck with me.

To me, Capitol fashion is an over-the-top version of Marie Antoinette meets the 1980s. Everything about the look is extreme – the colour, the shapes, the make-up, the hair. Let’s break down the elements because, let’s face it, you can’t get away with a full-on replication unless you’re Lady Gaga!

Colour: The colours in the Capitol are intensely saturated, for an incredibly luxe look. Effie (Elizabeth Banks) looks incredible in vibrant purple-pink, which just happens to be an on-trend colour for spring.

Wear a similar hue in a more 2012 friendly style from Kate Spade ($448.00).

Shape: The clothing shapes worn by the characters in the Capitol are extreme. There are leg-of-mutton sleeves (see Effie above), peplum hems and even a few bustles! The peplum is the easiest trend to try at home because it’s everywhere this season.

Channel Effie (if she was a little less demure) in this Aqua Claudia Structured Peplum Mini Dress from Asos (now $193.37).

If your fashion budget stretches a little further, You could also try this incredible dress from Notte by Marchesa (€372.76) – can’t you just imagine a pre-apocalyptic Capitol going nuts over this design?

Make-up: I don’t think any of us want to cake our faces like the Capitol women (and men) do, but the eyelashes they wear and fabulous eye make-up can easily translate to a party look.

Recreate her look with Paperself’s Deer and Butterfly lashes from Sephora (now $9).

Hair: Capitol hair can probably only be achieved with a wig but a spray in colour could give you some of the intensity you desire, even if you don’t have the volume. Alternatively, stick a giant flower on your head and call it a day.

Etsy is a veritable treasure trove of Capitol-inspired hair-wear. Try this fascinator by Starz Selection ($38).

And there you have it, citizens! You’re ready to take on your own fashionable Hunger Games – I hope Cinna would be proud.

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: twilight breaking dawn part 2

March 28, 2012 in movies by Lauren

Ok, Twihards – this one is for you (and I know a lot of you must be closet fans because Twilight-related posts always get a lot of hits!)

Here’s the first teaser trailer that gives you a look at freshly vamped-up Bella. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be released on 15 November in Australia and 16 November in the US and UK.

by Lauren

in the news: check out the new carrie bradshaw

March 26, 2012 in news by Lauren

About six months ago, we got confirmation that the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, was being made by the CW.

Now we get to see the first picture of young Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb – and she doesn’t look too bad! She’s got the trademark curls, the heels and a fashion-forward look.

In the series, Carrie will be in her senior year of high school during the 80s, but it looks like she escaped into New York for this scene. Perhaps on work experience?

See some more photos of Carrie in a prom dress on Just Jared.

What do you think of the new, younger Carrie?

by Lauren

and the winners are…

March 26, 2012 in admin by Lauren

Thanks to those who entered The Dernier Cri’s blogversary giveaway. Without further ado, the winners are…

Mallori… wins a year’s subscription to Vogue Magazine

Effie… wins a $50 iTunes voucher

Janette… wins a $50 Anthropologie voucher

Congratulations to the winners! You have been sent an email with the details of how to claim your prize.

by Lauren

fashion inspiration: mad men

March 24, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

It seems no matter where you turn this week, everything is about Mad Men. The hit TV show is back on screens tomorrow night so where else could we look for our fashion inspiration this week?

One of the best things about looking to Mad Men for our inspiration is that we have three women with three different shapes and styles to draw on. Let’s break down the elements.

Pencil skirts: Channel your inner Joan and pull on a wiggle skirt or, better still, a dress that skims all your curves.

Consider this Hybrid button detail dress from Asos ($152.19) to get a bit of a retro vibe in your wardrobe.

A-line skirts: If you’re more of a Betty or a Peggy, a lovely A-line skirt on a ladylike dress will get you in the 60s mood.

Try on a look similar to Betty’s one above with Modcloth’s Let’s Fête Together Dress ($189.99).

Pussy bows: Peggy looks professional and modern in a printed pussy bow blouse.

While this L’Wren Scott Floral-print georgette pussy-bow top is out of my price range ($1,270 from Net-A-Porter), I can just imagine Peggy wearing it, can’t you?

Printed dresses: Both Betty and Peggy like to rock a printed dress. The former Mrs Draper is more often seen in feminine florals while Peggy is more mod in her geometric prints.

Try to replicate Betty’s look above with the Bed of Roses Dress from Alannah Hill (A$349)

Reflect your personality: The Mad girls wear clothes that reflect their personalities and that’s the biggest lesson we can take away from them. Of course, perhaps Trudy’s personality is best left in the closet (though she always owns it, doesn’t she?)

Enjoy the premiere tomorrow night!

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