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Yves Saint Laurent. The Movie.

I already booked my ticket for the opening, or should I say pre-opening, as I am going to see the movie two months ahead of its official Oslo premiere during Randez Vous film festival. Looking forward!

The V.I.P. Lounge. On Long Forgotten Glamour of Air Travels.

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On my way home from Amsterdam I was too tired to read, so I decided to watch a movie instead. My choice fell on “The V.I.P.s” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. For those who do not know the movie, I will mention that action is set at an international airport, in the departure hall as well as in the VIP lounge. As I was taking in great costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor and designed by Givenchy as well as the charming old ways of air travels, I took a look around and to my dismay, found none of the glamour around me. Not even a shadow of it. The fellow passenger was happily eating chocolate, leaving chocolate crumbs and paper waste all around, while the other co – passenger was deeply into a loud conversation with a person sitting behind (not to mention the very same passenger parading through the airport with a cow bell on the neck, how very appropriate could that be…). By my iPad, as clearly the movie was not an onboard selection, stood a paper cup with a free tea. I would have chosen the coffee, if it wasn’t bad quality one, and in all honesty – what has happened with complimentary wine and snacks? In any case, the tea was served by not too accommodating flight attendant, which did very little to improve the whole experience.

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And all this while Elizabeth Taylor lounged gracefully in her marvelous dressed, being addressed madame and treated with utmost respect. And even though in economy class I was (as Elizabeth clearly wasn’t…), I still felt that the whole experience could have been more enjoyable if only…

… if only people around would made more effort. More effort to behave in away that wouldn’t disturb others, to dress as if they cared a little more and to try to be at least civil if not friendlier. Am I reaching for the moon? Perhaps.

Or perhaps not. It takes very little effort to smile to your fellow passenger, talk to others in a discreet, no disturbing way, be a gentleman and offer a help to a lady struggling with a heavy suitcase, not to mention dedicating some more effort to finding comfortable yet still presentable outfit. Should I even mention morning shower and moderate alcohol intake through the journey…? Of course I am not the type who orders hairdresser appointment before printing a boarding pass, but I definitely am the one who favors pressed white shirt, more formal shoes, cosy shawl and sunglasses (traveling at odd hours proved that this is a useful air-travel accessory after all…). With good moisturizer, interesting book and refreshing eau de toilette, voila! I am ready to go!

Nowadays air travel lost its charm, but why should that be? If excited by the destination, why not be more careful at traveling and arriving in style?

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(Photos: http://www.pinterest.com)

Get the Look. Blue Jasmine.

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There are not so many movies equally inspiring in terms of fashion as the “Blue Jasmine” by Woody Allen. I will not say a word about the plot, not to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. What I would like to mention is wardrobe of leading female character played by Cate Blanchett.

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The leading lady, Jasmine French, is a personification of upper class sophistication, with Hermés bag and Chanel jacket. Her style could be described as luxurious classic – understated, feminine and quite conservative. Although Jasmine is less than composed for a bigger part of the movie, her wardrobe speaks for itself and even in moments of worse turmoils, protects the one who wears it, creating an aura of distinction.

As expected from a Park Avenue princess, there is a good deal of great jewelry, most renowned accessorizes and a lot of bespoke brands, and even if at the end of the movie you wouldn’t like switching places with Jasmine, you would certainly like to snatch her wardrobe!

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(Photos: www.dailymail.co.uk & www.vogue.com)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 7. Becoming Her Serene Highness – Wedding of a Century.

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On the 19th April 1956 Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III of Monaco in a marvelous and stylish wedding ceremony. Her wedding dress, described as one of the most elegant and best-remembered bridal gowns of all time. This lace masterpiece was a gift from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer designed by Helen Rose. The wedding ceremony was attended by 600 guests and transmitted through television, being watched by the audience of 30 million people.

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After the wedding, Grace renounced her movie career to become wife, mother and to serve her official duties as Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. The royal couple had three children, that became a center of attention for Grace and one of her greatest joys in life. Although offered many roles, Grace never returned to her acting career.

Princess Grace died tragically at the age of 52, after a fatal car accident. James Stewart, her co-star from “Rear Window” movie, paid a tribute to Grace Kelly in his eulogy “You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own.”

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(Photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 6. Grace Kelly Style.

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Grace Kelly was a classic blond beauty, who needed very few additions to her natural glow. As visible on pictures portraying Grace in her private life, she understood and embraced “less is more” and “quality over quantity” principles in building her personal wardrobe. Her style was very elegant, ladylike and classic, with strong focus on perfect fit and timeless accessorizes.

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To summarize the essential Grace Kelly Style, three key points to remember:

  1. Light Color Palette – Grace Kelly preferred light color palette and above anything else favored pastels, white, beige and camel.
  2. Daring Details – Although her look was very modest and classic, it was never boring since some daring details such as bright red lipstick, shoes in contrasting color or more elaborated scarf complemented an otherwise toned down outfit.
  3. Classic Accessorizes & Signature Pieces – Grace Kelly stayed true to few accessorizes that soon became her essential pieces – big sunglasses, Hermés scarf, not to mention the Hermés Kelly bag. There is no need to mention that they were all of the best quality.

All this would be nothing without perfect grooming, so discreet make up, natural hairstyle and perfect manicure are integral part of the Grace Kelly look and should never be forgotten.

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(Photos: www.weheartit.com)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 5. “The Country Girl”.

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“The Country Girl” is a drama adapted and directed by George Seaton in 1954, based on a successful play under the same title written by Clifford Odet. In main roles Seaton casted Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden. The movie is black and white, focusing the attention on the plot and characters rather than on glamorous costumes or scenography, staying true to its stage origins.

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Contrary to her typical movie roles, when Grace’s beauty and natural charm was used as her main assets, the role from “The Country Girl” movie drama is neither glamorous nor careless. In the movie Grace Kelly was casted as Georgie Elgin, bitter and disillusioned wife, who is tied to an alcoholic husband Frank, suffering through his periods of depression and break downs. Beaten by tragedies, once happy and optimistic, she became prematurely aged, cold and harsh.

In this movie Grace Kelly proved that she is more than just a pretty face, but in fact a gifted dramatic actor. For the  creation she was recognized by the Academy and awarded as Best Actress.

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(Photos: www.theredlist.fr)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 4. “High Society. Grace Kelly and Hollywood.” by Donald Spoto.

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Donald Spoto is a reputable biographer who doesn’t chase after a cheap sensation, but bases his books on an earnest research, writing with the highest respect towards those whom he portrays.His book about Grace Kelly is a fair record of her life, especially that Donald Spoto was acquainted with Princess Grace of Monaco, hearing many facts and stories firsthand from the Princess.

With a lecture of “High Society. Grace Kelly and Hollywood” the reader will learn about Grace’s Hollywood years, beginnings of her movie career, her biggest film projects, including those made with Alfred Hitchcock as well as her creation in “The Country Girl” for which she was recognized with an Academy Award.

There will be a lot about her fairytale romance with Prince Rainer III of Monaco that resulted in a happy ending and a truly regal wedding ceremony held in Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco on the 19th April 1956. After the marriage, Grace Kelly retired from her acting career, focusing on family life and her official duties as Princess Grace. This is where the book ends, saying very little about her married life in the final chapter. Grace Kelly was known for her discretion, therefore unwilling to share her private life which more than once was troubled and remote from the picture perfect official image.

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Week with Grace Kelly. Day 3. “Rear Window”.

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“Rear Window” is one of the classical Alfred Hitchcock suspense thrillers. Released in 1954, was screened at the Venice Film Festival, received four Academy Award nominations and is rated as one of Hitchcock best pictures ever.

Grace Kelly is casted as Lisa Fremont, wealthy socialite and model, who is in a relationship with leading male character L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies starred by James Stewart. “Jeff” is a professional photographer who recovers from a broken leg, which is a result of an accident that happened during photographing of racetrack incident. Temporarily immobilized and bored with idleness, “Jeff” looks for entertainment, watching his neighbors from the rear window. On one occasion, he observes a suspicious situation which involves Mr. Thorwald, one of the neighbors. Based on observations, “Jeff” builds a theory about Mrs. Thorwald, believing that a murder was committed. With a help of his girlfriend Lisa, desperate to prove him that she is more than just a pretty face and can be his companion for life, “Jeff” tries to solve the riddle.

The plot is truly captivating, building more and more tension that is to be culminated in typical Hitchcock style. Like in all Grace Kelly movies directed by Hitchcock, her costumes are perfection and even for them alone worth the time in front of the screen. No wonder, as they all were designed by Edith Head.

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(Photos: www.weheartit.com)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 2. Hermés and the legend of Kelly Bag.

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Unlike Jane Birkin, who took an active role in designing the Birkin bag for Hermés, Grace Kelly had no contribution into the creation process, but created the Kelly bag legend by simply… carrying it.

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For the first time Grace Kelly met “Kelly”, which at that time was known under the name of Sac à dépêches, during the filming of “To Catch a Thief”, when this leather bag with Hermés signature was included by Edith Head into Grace’s official movie wardrobe. Young actress liked the Hermés handbag so much that she continued to use it long after the movie had its premiere.

The Kelly bag became famously associated with Grace Kelly in times of her first pregnancy, when Grace used it to hide her pregnant silhouette from paparazzi and their intrusive camera lenses. As easy to guess, Grace Kelly and her little secret were in every magazine, receiving an enormous press coverage. And so did the leather Hermés handbag.

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Since that time, unofficially in the beginning and formally since 1977, the iconic handbag became known as the Kelly bag. Nowadays it is one of the most coveted status symbols.

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(Photos: www.pinterest.com)

Week with Grace Kelly. Day 1. “To Catch a Thief”.

It is not the first time when Grace Kelly is mentioned on the blog pages, as her beauty and charm is a wonderful source of inspiration, and since there is a lot to be inspired by, Grace Kelly will grace us with her presence for the whole week.

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“To Catch a Thief” is a romantic thriller from 1955 directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The plot is based on the novel by David Dodge. Cary Grant is casted as a retired jewelry thief known as “The Cat”. When series of jewelry robberies hit luxurious hotels at the French Riviera, wealthy tourists can’t enjoy their holidays undisturbed. Among them is Grace Kelly casted as fabulously rich american tourist named Francie who enjoys Riviera in the company of her mother. In no time Francie becomes romantically involved with John Robie a.k.a. the Cat. This leads to a series of events that are to discover who is imposing the famous Cat burglar.

This simple, yet enjoyable plot, is just a base for almost 2 hour fashion show taking place in the glamorous setting of French Riviera and featuring amazing costumes as only seen in the Golden Age of Hollywood. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Grace Kelly’s wardrobe for “To Catch a Thief” movie was designed by none other than Edith Head. A must see for all Grace Kelly fans and also for those who love classic Hollywood glamour.

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(Photos: www.theredlist.fr)