Today’s post is a celebration of my favourite of Keira Knightley’s beautiful outfits in The Aftermath (2019). I just Love the clothes and the glorious way they’re lit and framed. A big hooray for costume designer Bojana Nikitovic!
This green jacket, white blouse and silver brooch look is my absolute favourite.
And once more with a hat.
I’m sure it’s not at all often that cardigans have looked this good. Am I right or am I right? That double red line detail really makes it for me.
I’ve always known that yellow and red were meant to be together. That beautiful hint of blue definitely adds a very nice touch.
Silk / satin and that light. This one doesn’t show much but I know you know the yellow halterneck dress is just stunning.
Classic and classy are the words for the blue coat and white shirt. And who doesn’t want to be in a restaurant as well lit as this one right here.
Do you happen to have a favourite? It’s OK if your answer is ‘all of them’ because that’s kind of my answer too.
Directed by Pietra Brettkell, Yellow Is Forbidden is a new documentary about Guo Pei, a brave fashion designer chasing her dream of being crowned haute couture. The massive challenge for her is that she comes from China, the knock-off capital of the world…
I love stories about people chasing their dreams – however massive the challenge. I myself haven’t the patience, let alone the talent to be a fashion designer. As such, the people who do it well are always interesting to me.
I’m looking forward to this because I remember staring at Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala outfit in great appreciation of the artistry and spectacle.
Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards, the documentary about Manolo Blahnik, a.k.a. ’the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’ delivers an intimate portrait of the acclaimed shoe designer. I’d also describe it as relaxed viewing, especially considering the film’s idyllic and often dream-like look and feel. Your heart will not race as you watch. Well, except if the sight of very well designed high fashion shoes usually does that for you.
Through interviews, re-enactments, recent footage, and more, Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards reveals Blahnik’s inspirations / muses (past and present), some of his collections and his design process from idea to finished shoe.
Some of the featured fans and friends of Blahnik include music superstar Rihanna, Vogue Magazine editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, British supermodel Naomi Campbell and the late Isabella Blow – discoverer of Alexander McQueen, magazine editor and muse to hat designer Philip Treacy.
My favourite of all the people featured has to be late fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. His personality, based on the clips shown must have been very delightful indeed.
I had to watch this documentary because fashion is art and impressive creatives like Blahnik are infinitely intriguing to me. With that said, watch it for one or two surprising truths about Blahnik plus if you’re anything like me and / or you adore fashion and / or very beautiful shoes.
Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is a new Michael Roberts directed documentary about Manolo Blahnik, the man regarded by those who know as ‘the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’. Roberts’s film offers an in-depth portrait of Blahnik, the self confessed ‘cobbler’ whose work is adored by the likes of Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Iman – to name just a few…
To say that I’m shoe obsessed would be a complete lie because I’m just a tad too practical for that. Yet I am ever curious about creative people and I’ll watch this to take in the beauty and art of Blahnik’s designs.
There are three key reasons to see director Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the planning and organisation of 2015’s MET Gala,a.k.a. one of fashion’s most prestigious annual events. Reason one is the beautiful pieces of clothing designed by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Jean-Paul Gaultier. If like myself you have an appreciation for the art and dedication that goes into creating extraordinarily beautiful clothing, plus you adore the sensory experience of it all, Watch The First Monday In May.
Reason number two is Anna Wintour. Who cannot be impressed by her? She’s arguably one of the most influential individuals in fashion; editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine (for the last 28 years) and the woman responsible for overseeing the planning and organisation of the MET Gala. My curiosity about Wintour isn’t just because The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is based on her. I wanted to see her operate as I did in The September Issue (2009) and reflect on all it must have taken to reach her goals and maintain her position.
As for reason number three, I’ve never enjoyed event planning. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a good time watching other people do all the work and handle all the stresses, politics and deadlines that come with it. The First Monday In May has all of that, plus it’s well-paced, edited and accompanied by fitting tension building music.
I went into this documentary expecting a sizeable chunk of it to focus on Wintour, when in fact, the person whose ideas and overall vision form the theme and content of the exhibition – plus the overall look and feel is Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Fret not however, for there’s still focus on Wintour as she goes about delegating, praising and calling out mediocre efforts where necessary.
To fashion, Anna Wintour, style, costume, MET Gala and art fans, etc. you know you have to watch. Plus there’s interesting conversation about whether fashion can really be taken seriously as art.
For all lovers of art, especially art that comes in the shape of fashion, today’s trailer is for a documentary about 2015’s Met Ball.
Directed by Andrew Rossi, the film follows Vogue Magazine’s Editor-in Chief, Anna Wintour. She takes us along for an exclusive behind the scenes look at the planning and organisation of one of fashion’s most prestigious annual events. One that brings together the most celebrated figures in fashion, music, film and art…
I’ll be watching for all the art involved. That and the expected ups and downs that go with organising a gathering as big international as the Met Gala.
First Monday In May will open at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 13, 2016.