Tag Archive: Hollywood

Feb 06 2015

Cover Loving: Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2015


I do love the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood issue, it is always the most glamorous cover of the year, excluding the 3-in-a-bed scene from a few years ago, and I do love seeing the biggest names in Hollywood in a shoot together. Once again shot by Annie Leibovitz, did you know she has photographed all but three of the Hollywood issues in its 21 years, and like last year I am a fan of this cover due to its old Hollywood glamour feel, I love seeing the men dressed in white-tie tuxedos and the ladies in shimmery gowns. Granted there isn’t anything new about this cover but I still love it, because this is what I expect and love from the Hollywood issue.

Leading the pack in the special gatefold 2015 cover is Amy Adams in a gorgeous gold Atelier Versace gown, perched on the shoulders of Channing Tatum, next to a beautiful Reese Witherspoon, a little distracting with Amy’s pose and Reese’s cleavage, but I think it works. But it’s the Brits that dominated the rest of the cover and issue, yes we are invading Hollywood, with five out of the 10 stars British. You have a rather disinterested Felicity Jones, perched on the knee of Benedict Cumberbatch, while David Oyelowo drapes his arm over Eddie Redmayne, and Sienna Miller shows off her jumpsuit. Rounding off the cover is Whiplash star Miles Teller and Oscar Isaac from A Most Violent Year.

Overall I like the mix of new and established stars but I was kind of hoping that Chris Pratt and Mark Ruffalo would make an appearance, I am kind of obsessed with them both, maybe Chris is a little too mainstream with his Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park resume, and maybe Channing and Sienna took the Foxcatcher spots on the cover leaving no room for Ruffalo. Also talking about Sienna what did they do to her neck in editing?

The magazine has also released some of the snaps from its 2015 Hollywood portfolio, which will span across 30 pages and features 44 British stars including Keira Knightley, Damian Lewis, Ruth Wilson and Dame Judi Dench snapped by Jason Bell. Emily Blunt behind the Hollywood sign looks incredible.

On seeing this year’s cover and seeing it was celebrating 21 years, I kind of feel pretty old as well as the need to remind myself of who starred on the previous covers, so I have created a dedicated Pinterest board to the Hollywood issue. You can see how young Leo DiCaprio looks on the 1996 cover, which also includes the now forgotten Skeet Ulrich who I had a huge crush on, the all-girl cover of 2010 that even made Kristen Stewart looks sweet, and the 1995 cover that thought dressing the biggest Hollywood actresses in their underwear was a good idea, well except Gwyneth Paltrow who got to keep her gown on.

What do you think of this year’s cover? And do you have a favourite from the 21 years?

VF-hollywood-issue-three-fo VF-hollywood-issue-keira VF-hollywood-issue-emily-bl[Pics: Vanity Fair]


Oct 26 2013

Editorial Flashback: Remembering Steve McQueen


When we talk about male Hollywood legends surely at the top of everyone’s list is the incredible Steve McQueen – not only for his rugged good looks but also his long list of amazing films. My favourite is hard to choose, I love The Great Escape, The Towering Inferno and the original The Thomas Crown Affair – but I think if I had to watch one right now I think it would have to be Bullitt. This gritty crime drama has it all – a great backdrop in the city of San Francisco, 60’s fashion, and one beauty of a car – the Ford Mustang.

It was because of my love of his films that when I came across this editorial he did in 1965 for Harper’s Bazaar with Jean Shrimpton that I just had to share. Shot by Richard Avedon – I love how the editorial shows off his cheeky side as well as even with a few wrinkles that he was one good-looking guy.

The shot with him looking into Jean’s eyes is my favourite – not only are her eyelashes incredible but I reckon it took a while to capture as he looks like he couldn’t stop laughing.

Are you a fan of Steve McQueen?

steve-mcqueen-6 steve-mcqueen-5 steve-mcqueen-4 steve-mcqueen-3 steve-mcqueen-1
[Pics: Harper’s Bazaar/Richard Avedon via thefashionspot.com]

Oct 11 2013

Cover Loving: ELLE US Hollywood Issue – Reese, Penélope, Melissa & Shailene


American ELLE’s Hollywood issue is one of my favourite magazines to pick up as I love the mix of actresses they go for – and this year is no exception with Reese Witherspoon, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, and Melissa McCarthy all gracing the cover.

My favourite cover this year is a difficult choice – between Penélope Cruz, who looks stunning wearing a cashmere sweater by The Row and Chopard jewellery – I love how they’ve kept her make-up to a minimal to show off her adorable freckles, and Shailene Woodley, even though this cover looks set for summer rather than autumn wearing Calvin Klein Swimwear there is something different about the pose that makes it stand out.

ELLE-US-Nov-swoodley-2 ELLE-US-Nov-rwitherspoon-2

Reese Witherspoon’s cover is probably the most predictable, but nevertheless she still looks stunning in a sexy Versace number. The cover I think I was most disappointed with was Melissa McCarthy styled in an oversized Marina Rinaldi coat with OTT eighties hair – I can only imagine how much hairspray they used.

Online there also seems to be another two covers featuring Marion Cotillard working the crop top trend in Dior, and British actress Naomie Harris looking absolutely gorgeous in a Calvin Klein Collection wrap halter top and skirt, very similar to the one that Rose Byrne wore to the Primetime Emmys.

Considering this is a November cover there is a lot of skin on show – especially with the main fashion tagline being ‘the perfect coat shape’. It is hard to decide on my favourite but I think it has to be Penélope Cruz as she just looks gorgeous and is really the only one, except for Melissa wearing anything autumn related.

Which cover is your favourite? Also do you think these covers seem more appropriate for spring/summer than November?

ELLE-US-Nov-mmccarthy-1 elle-us-nov-cotilliard-harr

[Pics: via ELLE US by Thomas Whiteside, Nico]

Jul 11 2013

Video Loving: Diane Kruger Chats Red Carpet, Stylists & Hollywood

Diane-kruger-vanity-fairThis week Vanity Fair launched its own video channel featuring four original series inspired by the mag, one dedicated to Manhattan’s most iconic addresses, a book series, an animated ‘how-to’ series, which this week teaches you how to behave at a Swingers Party and a celebrity interview show hosted by Vanity Fair Senior West Coast Editor Krista Smith, which includes stars taking a spin in the V.F.’s video photo booth that always seems to be a highlight at their Oscar bash.

The first star to chat with Krista Smith is my girl crush Diane Kruger, yes I know I have already featured her once this week, but this video is super charming and the actress dishing on her love of fashion, not having a stylist and working the red carpet, as well as her new series on FX ‘The Bridge’.

Diane also gets into V.F.’s video photo – pulls silly faces, while still looking gorgeous, shares her love of profiteroles and the phrase ‘see what I mean’, while wearing the most adorable leopard print and multi-coloured flats.

Diane-kruger-vanity-fair-flats[Pics: Vanity Fair YouTube] 

Oct 21 2012

Exhibition: Hollywood Costume At The V&A

I have been getting excited about seeing the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition since it was announced earlier this year. I just couldn’t wait to see Audrey Hepburn’s dress and pearls from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all the marvellous creations of costume designer Edith Head, as well as getting up close and personal with the replica Harry Winston Isadora necklace as seen in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, well last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the press preview and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is a huge exhibition, there are more than a hundred costumes from some of the most iconic films – from Scarlett O’Hara’s green curtain dress from Gone with the Wind, Joan Crawford’s blue gingham waitress uniform in Mildred Pierce, John Travolta’s white-3-piece suit from Saturday Night Fever, and there is even a huge displays dedicated to Indiana Jones – complete with fedora hat and whip.

Situated over three rooms, this exhibition really embraces the world of movies, literally full of lights, camera and action *sorry couldn’t resist*. As well as having the costumes on displays the lighting, the sound, and the use of technology makes you feel like you are in the cinema. Granted it maybe a little dark in places, a little noisy, and somewhat spooky seeing a slow-moving image of the actors face displayed on a TV screen suspended above the costume, but I think that adds to the atmosphere of the exhibition.

The three rooms are designed to tell the story of costume design, from the role of the costume designer in cinema, the creative process of collaborations, and finishing up with the finale, which is basically an overload of all the best known costumes in cinema history – all your heroes and heroines are there. Even some of my favourites are included such as Katharine Hepburn’s jewelled evening gown from The Philadelphia Story, Keira Knightley’s green silk from Atonement, Barbra Streisand’s Funny Girl ball gown, and Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods even shines in her pink two-piece suit.

As the exhibition is sponsored by Harry Winston the jewellery has re-created the famous ‘Isadora’ necklace as worn by Kate Hudson in one of my favourite rom-coms How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Seeing the diamond cluster necklace with its 51.94 carat yellow sapphire drop pendant is one of my highlights – also her yellow silk dress is just as stunning as it is on-screen.

Another highlight was seeing Edith Head’s pale green suit designed for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds from 1963, this section really brings the costume to life with the use of technology. I don’t want to give it away, but I could have spent all day just checking this one section out, the interviews and the sketches were really incredible – also pretty cool seeing the birds fly over the display.

The exhibition is open to the public until January 27, 2013 – so you don’t need to rush – give yourself plenty of time to take it all in. Tickets are £14 each and I would recommend booking online – this is going to be a popular exhibition.

I am not going to spoil the exhibition – but can you name all the below films from the costume?

Jan 28 2010

Kristin Cavallari In Naven

Who: The Hills Kristin Cavallari Where: When in Rome movie premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Wearing: Naven Pop Pink Party frock I love this silk dress from twin designers Kym and Alexis McClay, not only the Barbie colour – but the sculpted shoulders. It comes with detachable ones if you’re not too keen, and then there is the low backline and bubble hem – great Party dress and yours for $420 – bargain! But hey that is in America you can get versions of sports-chic over here – check out Lipsy and Asos.

Related Posts with Thumbnails