Posted on 9 May 2013 | Comments Off
The long-awaited Baz Luhrman version of Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby premiered in New York last week and although the critics’ mouths remain tightly zipped until the film opens the Cannes Film festival this weekend, New York’s leading movie critic, Roger Friedman could only talk in superlatives, enthusiastically describing it as “A Snow Globe of a movie. A 3D Pop-Up Art Deco postcard of New York in the 1920s”.
So what can we expect of this, the latest cinematic remake of the seminal F Scott Fitzgerald novel? If posters, trailers and long-awaited press releases are anything to go by The Great Gatsby will not disappoint. It’s a fabulously, OTT essay in excess, using all the firepower of 21st-century film-making. This film has been given the same uber-glamorous, ultra-decadent-and absolutely-sensational Hollywood treatment received by the director’s previous masterpiece, Moulin Rouge. Only this time it’s also in 3D with a movie score produced by Jay-Z, the world’s most famous rapper!
So expect your eyes to pop and your jaw to drop as you take in a movie that swallowed up £65 million on the most magnificently lavish, sets, spectacular parties, automobiles to die for, dazzling costumes and jewellery and featured so many coloured lights around the Gatsby estate that it resembled an enormous Christmas tree.
And, as you’d expect from the cast list, we are sure to be treated to a veritable feast of high octane performances by an A-List of celebrities that includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Milligan.
But, for me, I can’t wait to soak in the glamour and sheer indulgence of the costumes – created by Miuccia Prada, who worked on the set with costume designer Catherine Martin – and the jewellery.
Daisy Buchanan was meant to be the most beautiful and rich woman on earth, so naturally her jewels in the film were provided by Tiffany & Co. Indeed, the jeweller created so many beautiful, bespoke pieces for Mulligan’s character to wear in the film that she had to be shadowed at all times by a security guard because she was wearing literally millions of dollars of diamonds.
Which adds a whole new meaning to the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”!
Posted on 21 February 2013 | Comments Off
Sometimes after a hard day’s slog at the computer, staying on top of the emails, blogging, thinking up new and interesting newsletters, adding content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest as well as sourcing, photographing, pricing, writing about and talking to the technical team about where to put new products – in the nicest possible sense! And then later, starting all over again with childcare and housework and the countless other things that vie for attention in the brain of every business woman. So sometimes, I get to thinking how much calmer and nicer life must have been before most women had careers. Apparently not! Today, quite by accident, I found this article and – OMG – suddenly my business world rocks!
Posted on 14 February 2013 | Comments Off
It’s that time of year again, when TV screens and magazines are full of the world’s most glamorous stars posing to perfection on the infamous red carpet. Yes. This season is all about awards. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, Oscars, Baftas, Brits and Grammys, to name but five. And that means the focus is on the rich and famous, dressed by the even richer and more famous fashion designers and jewellers, who queue up to drape the stars in their very latest creations in return for yards of publicity.
Well, OK, we can’t all be Hollywood superstars, and most of us will never get to glide down a red carpet, but we can all up the anti in the glamour stakes by mimicking the celebs and adding anything from a little touch of flamboyance to a drop-dead-gorgeous-in-yer-face statement necklace. After years of virtually no jewellery at all, this year it’s back with a vengeance. .Right now, there’s a hot trend for over-size, statement jewellery, with film stars opting for opulence and luxury. Just one word of caution. If you’re opting for something, big and bold, make sure it doesn’t look cheap – or you’ll ruin the effect.
National Jeweler and red carpet veteran Michael O’Connor, sums it up perfectly - “People are gravitating overall with a mindset for quality. If you’re going to have a major piece you want the best materials being used for it.” This includes colourful gemstones and sparkling designs, which he argues are great for expressing the opulent and luxurious theme.