April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013
Mar 09 2013
Hunger Games might not be out until November but the marketing of the film has already begun and I have to be honest I am pretty excited after seeing these incredible Capitol Portraits featuring everyone from my favourite character the flamboyant Effie Trinket, to Katniss’ love interests Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, as well as the first real look of English actor Sam Claflin as the Capitol’s golden boy Finnick Odair.
The most incredible portrait though has to be Katniss played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who looks divine in her layered white wedding gown, which has the most exquisite Swarovski crystal-covered corset that sits under an intricate wire metal cage that is suppose to signify fire, while the features represent the mockingjay.
I love, love, love what costume designer Trish Summerville (you know, who did the costumes for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has done with these portraits, makes me more excited to see the film. I also love that the designer spoke to Hollywood Reporter and shared a few details about the dress – as unlike reported Katniss’ wedding dress hasn’t been designed by Alexander McQueen but rather a designer named Tex Saverio in Jakarta.
It is seriously dreamy and I am so hoping that Barbie does another Hunger Games collaboration - as I love Katniss in her hunting gear but I would pay a lot of money to have Barbie in a replicate of this wedding dress!!!!
Katniss isn’t the only one wearing designer clothes – her hubbie Peeta is wearing a cream suit by Korean-based designer, Juunj, who Summerville describes as ”unbelievably talented” to the Hollywood Reporter. But what shines out on Peeta’s portrait has to be those kicks, which are by Rick Owens – seriously love them!!!
To see the rest of the portraits head on over to my Facebook page.
Apr 09 2012
I know the fashion world is all talking about Raf Simons apparently being confirmed as the new Creative Director at Dior, but I am much more excited about the fact that Barbie has finally unveiled its Katniss Everdeen tribute, and it hasn’t disappointed me.
I blogged last month about how much I wanted to see Katniss working her bow and arrow, and sporting her signature side braid, and I am so glad that Mattel’s designer Bill Greening kept the spirit of The Hunger Games’ reluctant heroine.
Set to be released to coincide with The Hunger Games DVD in August, I am adding myself to the waiting list, as at only $29.95 this is one bargain Barbie, and I am expecting it to be a sell out.
I am seriously impressed with the Katniss Barbie doll, I love that she has been depicted in her arena uniform inspired by the film – her black hooded jacket with orange trim, teamed with a black t-shirt, army green cargo pants and utilitarian brown boots is perfection. But best of all I am so pleased that on her lapel is her mockingjay pin that is so important to the trilogy. I love it.
Now Mattel how do you feel about adding an Effie Trinket Barbie to the collection, come on she would be amazing in her amazing couture get-up and OTT hair.
I think she looks pretty good – what do you think?
[Pics: Mattel/The Hunger Games]
Mar 26 2012
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence and as soon as I saw her recent cover for Interview Germany I actually cheered, I know sad right, but this is the cover I have been waiting for. I know it is very similar to her Glamour UK subscribers cover, mainly because both feature very ornate playsuits, whereas Glamour went for a girlie Prada number, I am loving that Interview Germany did a glamorous goth look with this sparkly Dolce & Gabbana jewelled playsuit.
Other than the obviously slimming qualities to the Dolce & Gabbana black embellished playsuit, I am loving her sexiness, which I don’t think we have seen enough of this The Hunger Games promo tour. This April cover styled by Elizabeth Stewart is divine, I love the pearl necklace and bracelet, as well as her rock n’ roll messed up hair, smoky eyes, and that cute star on her cheek.
I seriously can’t wait to see the rest of the editorial if this cover is anything to go by it is going to be insane!!!
Which cover do you prefer?
[Pics: Interview Germany shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath/Glamour UK]
Mar 25 2012
I have been a little, OK a lot obsessed with The Hunger Games trilogy, well last week the first of the series hit the big screen and I wasn’t disappointed. There is a lot of pressure on the movie, not only from Hollywood executives wanting another teen-adult hit on their hands to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Twilight, but mainly from the fans of the book hoping that the film will stay true to the best-seller.
If you are new to the world of The Hunger Games let me give you a quick re-cap without giving too much away. The trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, is set in a dystopian future in a nation known as Panem, which is divided into 12 districts, that each year has to send one boy and one girl chosen by a lottery to compete in a lethal televised contest to the death, with only one victor. The idea of the big brother inspired games was created as a punishment to the districts for a rebellious uprising, and more than that as entertainment for the Capital’s eccentric residents.
Directed by Gary Ross, the film keeps very true to the book, centring around Katniss Everdeen, a survivor from the poverty-stricken coal mining District 12, after she volunteers for her little sister Prim at the reaping. It is the movie’s scary realism, which is emphasis in the use of a lot of handheld camera work, that completely draws you in from the first act, however, the building of tension with the use of quick disorienting cuts, that are sometimes blurry can be a little distracting.
As well as keeping to the tone of the books, what made this movie shine for me had to be the casting, Jennifer Lawrence was amazing as the strong female heroine, she portrayed Katniss really well showing just the right mix of vulnerability and ruthlessness. Another standout performance came from the under-used Woody Harrelson, who plays Haymitch, a previous Hunger Games champion and mentor to Katniss and Peeta. I loved his interpretation of the character, which was kind of like a washed-up alcoholic boy band member, with his long hair, I just wish we had seen more of the rapport between Haymitch and Katniss.
Two other surprising roles in the film are Stanley Tucci’s portrayal of chat show host Caesar, who really does add some light-hearted moments, as well as a narrative not included in the book of the behind-the-scenes action in the Capital, which is further helped by games master Seneca, played by Wes Bentley who really impressed me. I really did enjoy the addition of the studio, Caesar’s commentary, and the scenes between President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland and Seneca did pull the back-story of Panem through nicely.
Unlike the book where the expansive characters flowed nicely, they all seemed a little crammed into the film. This led to not much of Gale and Katniss, or the romance/friendship between Peeta and Katniss, or even between her and Cinna, which was one of the relationships I was looking forward to seeing in the film. Lenny Kravitz generally plays himself, well with a bit of gold eyeliner, but I generally left wanting more of him from every scene he was in.
Overall the film is enjoyable, I didn’t leave feeling like they’d destroyed the tone of the books, just that I wanted more. As I had read the book I found that the two and a half hours flew by, however I went with my boyfriend who hadn’t read them and he was bored, he said too much pre-games and not enough action, whereas I wanted more before.
One thing that did translate well, except maybe for Katniss’ fire dress on the chariot, which used CGI, was the fashions of the book. I loved everything about Effie Trinket’s crazy haute couture wardrobe that was completely over the top, and it is amazing how unrecognisable Elizabeth Banks is in the role.
The first things I thought after I came out of the film was that I enjoyed it, that I was sad Madge didn’t make it into the final cut seriously Greasy Sae giving Katniss the Mockingjay Pin wasn’t quite the same, but most of all I left looking forward to The Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Granted it hasn’t been confirmed they are making a second film but after raking in more than $155 at the US box office in its opening weekend I am sure an announcement is coming soon!!!
The Hunger Games, 12A is out now on general release.
Mar 21 2012
Who: Jennifer Lawrence
Where: At a special NYC screening of The Hunger Games, which hits cinemas this week
Wearing: A forest green silk Calvin Klein Collection dress with a plunging neckline, a pleated skirt and matching belt from the pre-fall 2012 collection, teamed with Jimmy Choo heels
Verdict: I love this dress, super flattering, a gorgeous colour, and the deep v neckline is so sexy it is nice to see her having a little fun with her red carpet appearances. This promo tour has been crazy busy, first we had LA, then London, Paris and Berlin, and now the Hunger Games has hit up New York and I am liking this flirty side of her.
I am so excited to see the movie – I am hoping to see it tomorrow – anyone else going?
Liam Hemsworth also looks a little dapper in his stone grey Calvin Klein Collection suit.
[Pics: Calvin Klein - Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com]
Mar 19 2012
Who: Elizabeth Banks
Where: At the Berlin premiere of The Hunger Games
Wearing: A fully embellished orange Elie Saab gown from the ready-to-wear spring/summer 2012 collection
Verdict: I am loving that Elizabeth keeps on working the bright colours, first was an orange Atelier Versace sexy mini, then came the vibrant yellow Bill Blass, which I think might be my favourite of her looks, then there was that daring raspberry Marc Jacobs, and the rainbow hues continued in Germany with this gorgeous fiery orange Elie Saab gown.
I thought The Hunger Games promo tour was going to be all about Jennifer Lawrence, and don’t get me wrong the world premiere and that Prabal Gurung gown did have the world watching her, but I have been so impressed with Elizabeth Banks – great designer choices, gorgeous colours, and fab hair for each and every look. This intricate embellished Elie Saab was another perfect gown for her. LOVE.
[Pic: via Elie Saab]