Yves Saint Laurent

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Oh the drama! The new Yves Saint Laurent biopic just came out in France, but not sure when it will be out on Australia’s shores. So exciting!

“I want to sketch, design on my own terms. If I can’t express myself, I’ll die…”

Interested? Would you go see it too?

-T.

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Friday’s Child

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…is loving and giving, but let’s have some fun and run with our imaginations. Friday’s girl is joined by the most dashing Mr and today brings us a love story.

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Friday’s child is gentle and loving, believing in love and the happiness that can be found in it. The sweet couple begins with hot coffee and buttery croissants at a quaint cafe by the river, followed by a stroll amongst the beautiful architecture that surrounds the beautiful city they call home. Together, they explore antique bookshops, pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread from their local bakery and browse through seasonal produce at the markets as they think of what to cook for dinner. Whilst she wasn’t looking, her gentleman buys her a bouquet of pale pink peonies – when presented, was greeted with a laugh and a kiss. Late in the afternoon, she is feeling a bit peckish. So just before they head home, he buys her a pack of macarons, something to nibble on as they take the scenic route home. Oh, what a beautiful day it has been for Friday’s child.

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-T.

Models: Sam Rollinson & Ondrey
Photographer: Nikolay Biryukov
Issue: Elle Ukraine September 2012
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue

The Bling Ring

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New film by Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring, is based on the true story of a gang of young people who stole more than $3 million in clothing from the likes of Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan and many more. If you’re curious to read about the real event that took place, make sure to look into the Vanity Fair article, The Suspects Wore Louboutins.

The release date for The Bling Ring in Australia will be on 8 August. Will you watch it in the cinemas? Does this film tickle your fancy?

-The Fine Duchess

Tomboy

Over the weekend, the Duke and I had a quiet night away from the stormy weather and watched Stephen Fry‘s Bright Young Things, a film adaptation of  Evelyn Waugh’s 1930 novel Vile Bodies. Of all the characters in the film, I must say that I was truly charmed by Agatha Runcible (played by Fenella Woolgar) who finished a majority of her sentences with “daaaarling!” Not only that, her tomboy-esque ensembles are quite the envy:

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The tuxedo. I must say that it looks really quite good on her. With her sharp features and endearing bob, it is perfect for her and I can’t quite imagine her in a dress full of frills and lace.

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Though the ensemble above may seem rather masculine, with a leather jacket paired with a suit and tie, the feminine touches are all in the details here. The black beret must be all the rage in London during 1930s as it is sported by so many characters in the film. Add to that a sweet pink and yellow scarf and quite the most interesting gloves – black and white thin diagonal stripes, with long black tips for the fingers and a slanted cut off at the wrists; they seem, to me, to be rather fitting for Cruella de Vil. On second thoughts, Cruella de Vil is not nearly as chic as Agatha and wouldn’t do any justice to the gloves.

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Aah, the tweed suit. So befitting of Agatha, and the yellow tie matching the beautiful yellow vest of supporting actor Miles (played by Michael Sheen). Don’t they just look grand? I don’t often see people in my city dressed up like that these days. And just one more photo to finish the round up on Agatha’s amazing tomboy style:

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…my my, doesn’t she just look eccentric?! With the classic driving goggles perching on top of that blonde bob and a wide smile on her face, she looks like she enjoying herself, does she not?

And the scenery. Don’t even get me started. Perhaps a post for another rainy day? Who knows.

Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. Only two more weeks left before it is once again the school holidays. And I can then spend my days lounging around the house and doing absolutely nothing and being absolutely useless, all in the name of taking a break and relaxing, of course.

-The Fine Duchess

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Dumb Ways To Die

Clever marketing by Melbourne’s Metro Trains. It even won two out of the coveted four top honours on the first day of awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The campaign message featured in the video: of all the stupid ways to die, acting unsafely around trains is the most inane.* Go and have a laugh. Watch this video. Maybe even pick up a few life lessons on certain situations to avoid.

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

-The Fine Duchess

Video via Red Meets Blue Design. Song written by The Cat Empire‘s Ollie McGill (keyboards).

*quoted from USA Today

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Marilyn

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Over the past few days, I have had the soundtrack from the film “My Week With Marilyn” (starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson) on constant replay. Not sure if it is the boisterous jazz that bursts through with little warning or the melancholic melody of Marilyn’s theme that has me feeling so wistful. Perhaps it was the delicate piano lines played by classical pianist Lang Lang that convinced me to look up the transcription of the beautiful theme.

The melody is so simple. It begins in a tone that yearns for happiness and yet is so lonely. And just when you think that the future is so too bleak to comprehend, the clouds miraculously part to reveal the smallest ray of sunshine.  Though the theme ends on a happier note, it still feels as if that happiness is tainted and not quite as it seems, as is revealed in the film.

Lang Lang plays the piano excerpts in the film with such depth and lyricism but credit must also be given to Conrad Pope and Alexandre Desplat. Some of the tracks, such as “Colin Runs Off With The Circus” and “Eton Schoolyard,” are indeed very charming and have been described to be rather George Gershwin-esque. For them to be followed by  the dramatic track of “Arthur’s Notebook” or the bittersweet “Colin’s Heartbreak” shows that the film score has been very well written and would surely satisfy those with a classical background (such as myself). In fact, upon listening to “Colin’s Heartbreak,” I came away thinking that the flute, clarinet and oboe are quite the admirable trio and are so very suited together.

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On another note, I found myself thinking that whilst the flute was so warm and tender in “Colin’s Heartbreak,” it was quite a contrast in it’s appearance in “Paparazzi” (around the 1 minute, 20 seconds mark) – I never realised that flutes could be written in such a way to sound so… seductive. Who would’ve thought! It just goes to show you how much I have yet to learn.

Overall, the soundtrack is a pleasure to listen to and I highly recommend it.

Do you often look up film soundtracks? What are your favourites?

-The Fine Duchess

PS. if you’re curious and want to try your hand at playing the beautiful piano theme, a transcription can be found here. Good luck!

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  • Rain (from Disney’s Bambi)
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Rain

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When I was young, I never noticed the music score that would make up a Disney film. I couldn’t tell the difference between the clarinet and an oboe, or a trombone and a horn. Looking back, I wish there was someone that actually said, “listen child, what you are hearing is a [blank]. Can you hear the slide/tinny sound/warm tone/etc.” With little guidance and exposure to the other instruments of the orchestra, it wasn’t until I was well and truly in my late teens when I could begin to decipher music, separate the parts and instruments, and hear each sound with its unique timbre.

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Everytime it rains, I often think of the one piece of music that I feel depicts it perfectly – Little April Shower from Bambi, scored by Frank Churchill and Edward Plumb. From the warm opening notes of the clarinet, the piercing triangle and beautiful mix of nuances from the vocals, this scene from Bambi causes me much delight and happiness as the animals all huddle up at home and seek shelter from the relentless rain. And then the storm comes! As a child, I was always very frightened by the ferocious crash of the cymbals and the eerie vocals that perfectly embody the fierce nature of wind as they are combined with muted brass, a percussive piano and the swell of strings to reach a terrifying climax. But when the storm is over, the texture thins out until all that is left is the clarinet as it too slowly bows out, one drop at a time.

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What is your favourite Disney film?

-The Fine Duchess

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BMO Chop

“If this were a real attack, you’d be dead…”

Goodness me, I can’t help but burst into a fit of giggles every time I see this. Is it because BMO (the little computer) is so small or if she is Japanese and cute (at least as cartoons go).

Many people I know think that Adventure Time is really not that great, but S, the Duke and I are absolutely loving the traditional (traditional? Old school?) animation. However, best friend C insists that Ben 10 is much better.

When did adults like ourselves go from watching sitcoms and soap operas back to cartoons in the style of our childhood favourites?

I remember turning ABC Kids on the other day to find that the cartoon Babar had been modernised and was all computer graphic animated (does that make any sense?). Ick! It seemed so wrong! Children’s shows just aren’t like how they used to be. At least I can seek solace and comfort in Adventure Time.

Do you have an indulgence that satisfies your inner child? Cartoons? Movies? Let me know – surely I’m not the only one…

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-The Fine Duchess