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Midnight in Paris: 1920s chic

Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris gives me nostalgia for past fashion eras, in particular, the 1920s. Being a lover of 1920s prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire I am forever lusting over the beaded flapper dressers and stunning antique jewellery, so I was happy to see similar costume in Midnight in Paris. 

If you’re not familiar with the plot, the film is based around Gil (Owen Wilson) a Hollywood screenwriter (obviously, resembling Woody Allen during this time) who is faced with relationship troubles and is transported through different eras at the stroke of midnight while holidaying in Paris.

It’s hard not be completely in awe of the costumes back then, especially if worn by famous literary author’s such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, as well as legendary artist Pablo Picasso. The stylish three-piece-suits and stunning evening dresses represent the characters well, they are true artists and living legends – you wouldn’t expect anything less than luxury.

Gil himself is very Woody Allen inspired in his costume – the tweed jackets, loose-fitting white shirts, smart fitting trousers and a chunky belt – all he needs is some chunky framed glasses and he would resemble him completely.

The two women in Gil’s life during Midnight in Paris are completely opposite to each other, not surprisingly due to one being from the 1920s and the other his fiancée of the present day, 2010.

One is Picasso’s mistress Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who is ultra feminine, elegant and glamorous. Her wardrobe is a dream – vintage dresses with extraordinary beaded detail, unusual accessories, in particular the watercolour design bag with subtle fringe detail shown above which you would imagine to have just a matte lipstick and gold compact mirror inside.

Ines (Rachel McAdams) on the other hand is very different. She has a classic European look to her style – very travel inspired and classy. McAdams was draped in designers such as Chanel, Dior and Hermes (all French designers) for the role and I’ve already seen a noticeable amount of film lovers complimenting the above white shirt and belt combination – could this be a hot spring/summer look in 2012?

A few more shots from the film:

Midnight in Paris is available on DVD now.

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Oscar 2012 – The Artist and Hugo big winners.

So, it’s early evening here in the UK and I haven’t been able to stop yawning or rubbing my eyes all day. This is the after-effects of watching the Oscars or  an ‘Oscar come-down’ if you will. Due to the time difference I tuned in to watch all the glitz and the glamour at 1.30am and went to bed at 5.00am – it was definitely a fall-asleep-as-soon-as-your-head-touches-the-pillow moment once it had finished. Before you start to get annoyed with my feel-sorry-for-me routine I will swiftly move on and inform you of all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Academy Awards.

The winners are in bold.

Best Picture

The Artist

War Horse

The Tree of Life

Moneyball

The Descendants

Midnight in Paris

The Help

Hugo

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Demian Bichir – A Better Life

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

George Clooney – The Descendants

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis – The Help

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation – Iran

Bullhead – Belgium

Footnote – Israel

In Darkness – Poland

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada

Best Animation

Rango

A Cat in Paris

Chico and Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Margin Call – JC Chandor

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Hugo – John Logan

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Art Direction

Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Cinematography

Hugo – Robert Richardson

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Moneyball

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Sound Editing

Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Original Score

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

The Adventures of Tintin

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Costume Design

The Artist – Mark Bridges

Anonymous

Hugo

Jane Eyre

W.E.

Best Documentary Feature

Undefeated

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Pina

Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

The Artist

The Descendants

Hugo

Moneyball

Best Animated Short Film

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Dimanche/Sunday

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film

The Shore

Pentecost

Raju

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Visual Effects

Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

So that’s that. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is over until 2013, were you happy with the winners? Hugo and The Artist were the winners of the night it seems. The Iron Lady receiving best make-up? Not sure I agree with that – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2 is definitely a more deserving winner. I completely agreed with The Artist winning best costume design and I loved seeing how happy Jean Dujardin was when he received best actor and even happier when Bret McKenzie won best original song for The Muppets. 

Let me know your thoughts!

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