by Lauren

fashion inspiration: the spice girls

June 28, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

When the Spice Girls hit the big time, I was the perfect (tween) age to love everything about them – their poppy music, their “girl power” message, and, of course, their fabulous outfits.

This week, the band reunited to launch a West-End musical featuring their music, Viva Forever (think Mamma Mia with Spice Girl music instead of Abba) so I thought it was the perfect time to take inspiration from their famous fashion. Apparently the fashion world agrees, because so many of their signature looks are bang on trend right now. Come take a walk down memory lane with me…

Baby: More than any of the others, Baby Spice rocked the platform sneakers. As a shoe-lover, I have to admit that it is one of my least favourite shoe trends ever.

That said, somebody must like it because flatforms (as they’re now called) were everywhere last season. Try a ballet flatform instead of a sneaker for a more modern twist. The ASOS VIBE Flatform is white on one side, silver on the other, and a whole lot of spice in between (now $41.42).

Scary: What was Scary Spice always wearing? Aside from her signature afro, it was leopard print!

Try a less scary take on the print in silk, like Kate Spade’s Roxanne Dress ($448)

Sporty: Even Sporty Spice’s look is having a moment this year, with sporty chic one of the hottest catwalk trends in the last round of shows (check out Cashmere Kinetic for some of the best looks).

Add a bit of sporty style to your wardrobe with Anthropologie’s Laced Up Hoodie ($88).

Ginger: One of the most famous Spice Girl looks was Geri’s Union Jack dress from the Brit Awards (it was supposedly made from a tea towel!)

With the Jubilee and Olympics this year, Union Jack clothing is everywhere. Consider Religion’s backless Union Jack top ($74.56) – pants recommended!

Posh: When it comes to fashion, Posh was always my favourite. I guess it makes sense that she was the one who went on to work in the fashion field.

If you want to work her look, what better way than to wear her own label. I adore the very posh asymmetric stitch-spotted crepe dress, currently on sale at Net-A-Porter for $1,247.50.

And there you have it, my friends – spice up your life!

by Lauren

friday film: kristen stewart’s vanity fair photoshoot

June 22, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

If you haven’t seen Kristen Stewart’s photoshoot in Vanity Fair yet, make sure you check it out. It’s one of the most beautifully shot editorials I’ve seen in a while (and with Mario Testino behind the lens, I’m not surprised!)

While it’s taken me a little while to warm up to her satrorial choices, I can’t help but be impressed by how at home Stewart looks in the gorgeous couture gowns in the shoot.

Check out the video below for a peek behind the scenes and a bit of an interview with the Hollywood’s highest paid actress.

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: maleficent

June 20, 2012 in movies by Lauren

The latest in the long line of classic fairy tale re-tellings is Maleficent, which will tell the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of the evil sorceress. It will focus on the story of how she turned evil, which sounds a little bit like Wicked to me (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Starring in the title role is none other than Angelina Jolie. The first photo of her in costume was released today – and doesn’t she look fabulous!

Elle Fanning will be playing Princess Aurora, so hopefully we’ll see some photos of her soon too.

We’ll have to wait a while to see the full film, though – Maleficent isn’t due for release in the US until 14 March… in 2014!

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: the perks of being a wallflower

June 5, 2012 in movies by Lauren

If you ever wondered what Emma Watson would sound like with an American accent, now’s your chance. The first trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (and her first-post Harry Potter leading role) has just been released.

I have high hopes for this film and the trailer looks promising (plus I’m pleasantly surprised to find out Paul Rudd is playing Charlie’s English teacher). What do you think?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower will be released in the US on 14 September. UK and Australian release dates are yet to be announced.