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Thursday, 1 December 2016

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar is a Work of Art

The unveiling of the annual Pirelli calendar is the pivotal send-off to the year, and a pretty lavish one at that. Last year, acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz became the first woman to shoot the calendar in 25 years, and her subjects, which included icons such as Serena Williams and Amy Schumer, channeled an au naturel attitude to reinvent the typical pin-up style seen throughout the calendar's history.

This time round, the downright gorgeous black and white untouched photographs were shot by renowned fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, and feature 14 leading ladies and a university professor. Discussing the calendar in an interview for Pirelli's website, Lindbergh said:
"I wanted to use the 2017 Calendar to make a statement for a different kind of beauty. The current system promotes only one kind of beauty that is very connected to youth and perfection because it is a system based on consumption, whose idea of beauty doesn’t have anything to do with reality and with women. I think we need to take a step back and realize that this idea of beauty does not help women and on the contrary makes them unhappy. I want to use the Pirelli platform to send another message and the message is that beauty is much more than what we are used to seeing in commercials."
This is such an important but vastly underrepresented philosophy that seems so obvious in principle but is rarely, or ever, actualised beyond public criticism. Some of the actresses gracing the calendar this time round are:

Jessica Chastain
Source: @therealpeterlindbergh Instagram

Julianne Moore
Source: @therealpeterlindbergh Instagram
Uma Thurman

Others are: mega-babe Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Swedish sweetheart Alicia Vikander, my obsession of the moment Rooney Mara, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi, and Parisian idol Lea Seydoux, as well as Moscow State University professor Anastasia Ignatova.

More like this pls.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Edit: Winter Coats

Burgundy,  £44.99, New Look / Black, £75, Glamorous
Embroidered, £95, River Island / Belted, £145, Warehouse

Shearling, £95, Monki / Checked, £99.99, Zara
Zig zag, £69.99, Mango / Mustang, £169, Olive
Rain mac, £59, Topshop / Parka, £48, Vero Moda

Padded, £85, Weekday / Faux fur, £80, Oasis
Suede biker, £45, Dorothy Perkins / Sequinned, £69.99, H&M

The Wes Anderson x H&M Christmas Ad is the Stuff of Dreams

Every other department store/clothing franchise may as well just give up now, because nothing will top H&M's collaboration with Wes Anderson. Ever.

The festive ad, called 'Come Together', stars Adrien Brody (who has previously featured in three of Anderson's films: The Darjeeling LimitedFantastic Mr Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel) as the train conductor tasked with informing his passengers that a terrible snowstorm will delay their Christmas Day journey nearly 12 hours. Not to be disheartened by the hold-up, he and his assistant (Sing director Garth Jennings, FYI) show what Christmas is really about and pull off a makeshift celebration, complete with all the trimmings.

It is quintessentially Anderson, down to the incredibly satisfying central shot framing, juxtaposition of an initial cynicism with an overriding warmth, and, of course, impeccable styling.

The short film, which was released yesterday, already has more than two million views on YouTube, and fans were quick to draw similarities with the quirky locomotive set of The Darjeeling Limited, and are pleading with the almighty Wes to extend it into a whole film (a Christmas film I would definitely be on board with).

Friday, 25 November 2016

I dress like it's autumn during heatwaves. This is my season. 
We're well into autumn now and embroidery is still a big deal (one of the biggest redeeming factors of 2016 for me tbh) and Stevie Nicks-esque frilled sleeves are everywhere on the high street at the minute, so ticking off two major trends in one piece is total bliss for this lazy piece of ass. Thankfully, the excess material in this Zara blouse doesn't weigh you down, as it's made with lightweight material and ties with a ribbon bow at the back so is loose enough to sit comfortably over your shoulders without shackling your boobs. I matched the subtle tan colours in the embroidery with this suede skirt from Warehouse for extra smart/casual credits.
If somebody tells you they don't wear some kind of hosiery under their trousers during the colder months, they're lying. But layering up doesn't mean losing out on fun details, or packing away your ripped jeans - I wore mine over some spotted tights with sparkly socks for a more subtle nod to the upcoming festivities (I'm already tired of seeing fair isle print on everything).
Black [and gold] Friday: channeling some glam rock with this lightening bolt ring, £1, and studded ring, £3, both in the sales at Topshop.