I’m not sure if you saw the recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina but I know I didn’t. The whole way of filming, while creative, seemed like another 300 type ploy to change cinema. It’s cool for a little bit but let’s not reinvent the wheel. Anyway, many claim this to be one of the greatest novels of all time. It may well be, but it is confusing as hell. Anna finds herself adrift in the fading Russian oligarchy, love triangles and a world in turmoil. It’s a doozy of a story.
1. Get down, Moscow!
Coat by Altuzarra, dress and shoes by Dior
2. Chillin’ with Vronsky
Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, coat by Nina Ricci, shoes by Dior
3. Time to jump in front of this train
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
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So, knowing how big of a fan of Twilight I am, this post has been a long time coming. Like Bram Stoker’s vampires, Anne Rice’s are pretty badass. One of the the most interesting is Claudia. Unlike the rest of her kind, Claudia was made a vampire before she was an adult which leaves her to be a child for eternity. At first, that’s cool and her vampire fathers Lestat and Louis spoil her to no end. She ensnares her prey by being an angelic young child, often lost or in need. She murders at will and without care, ugh, kids. As decades wear on, Claudia becomes frustrated that she’ll never experience life as an adult. Her frustration turns to blind rage and she murders Lestat (but he don’t die!) and she and Louis flee to Europe to find more about their vampire roots. In Paris, the pair revel in culture and the arts before finding a troupe of vampires who pretend to be humans who pretend to be vampires to trick their prey. After it is revealed that Louis and Claudia killed Lestat, the theatrical vampires condemn Claudia to death by sunshine. I hate sunshine too. For those concerned for Louis, he lives, but is forever haunted by the death of Claudia. Try to keep in mind what a spoiled child with really good taste would wear…
1. Help me, I’m lost and have an undying bloodthirst
Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by DVF
2. We’re moving to Paris because everybody else SUCKS
Dress by Chanel, shoes by Elie Saab
3. Oh great, now I’m getting burned alive, this is great, fantastic.
Dress by Oscar de la Renta, vest by Giambattista Valli, shoes by Nina Ricci
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Shakespeare is always good for a character post, so let’s take a look at Twelfth Night. Like many of his works, Twelfth Night is all about mistaken identities, disguise, humor and of love triumphant. Hooray! The heroine of the story is Viola, who is wrecked on the shores of Illyria, governed by Duke Orsino. Separated from her twin brother, she disguises herself as a man named Cesario and comes to know the Duke as his servant. Bromance ensues. The Duke soon enlists Viola (Cesario) to help him win the affections of Lady Olivia. She falls madly in love with Cesario (Viola). Things start to get crazy and Amanda Bynes wins the big soccer game, then her brother returns and all identities are set right and the Duke and Viola get hitched. Yayo. 1. Shipwrecked, but damnnnn I look good Dress by Nina Ricci, coat by Peter Pilotto, shoes by Roberto Cavalli 2. Hello, Govnah! Me name is Cesario! Suit by Thom Browne, coat by Ferragamo, shoes by Lanvin 3. Surprise! I’m a lady! Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Valentino
Following up to yesterday’s post on Odette, let’s look at her evil twin, Odile. As mentioned yesterday, Odile is the daughter of Von Rothbart. Upon finding that his hold over Odette might be broken by the faithful love of the prince, Von Rothbart disguises Odile as Odette to ensure that his curse won’t be broken. She appears at the ball and they trick the prince and he declares his love for Odile instead of Odette. Too bad so sad. By the time the prince figures out the jig, it’s too late and he has cursed Odette to be a swan forever. Sad Trombone. In the ballet, Odile appears as a Black Swan.
1. Daddddd, WTF is going onnnn?
Dress by Zac Posen, shoes by Prabal Gurung
2. Who is this guy? Like, what am I doing?
Dress by Alexander McQueen, tights and shoes by Balmain
3. Meh, he’s rich, I’ll hang out.
Dress by Nina Ricci, shoes by Haider Ackermann
All images from Vogue UK.