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The Curious Case of Brad Peet and Key Blanchett

In Fashion, Film on April 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm


One of the many reasons I love WordPress.com for hosting my blog is the “dashboard,” where you can review all the key stats like traffic, comments, and the often entertaining search terms people have used to find the site. (A lot of you are into Don Johnson, and who can blame you? More on his fashion contributions coming soon…) My all-time favorite search string is from Thursday, when someone searched for key words “Brad Peet Key Blanchett.” For the past 48 hours I’ve been mulling over where that person must live. Antwerp? Haiti? Québec? Please help me crack this curious case.

On another note, do you remember how incredible Cate’s metallic Ralph Lauren dress was that she wore to the Babel premiere back in ’06? It was the inspiration for having my bridesmaids wear palest gold the following June.


Queens of Green

In Fashion, Film on February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm


Oscar fashion this year was a serious snooze. Red, black, white—we get it. Natalie Portman looked incredible in Rodarte because she’s incapable of making a fashion misstep, but in general, no great hits and no great misses (with the possible exception of Miley Cyrus’s clam gown, but she’s a kid so who cares). But I was sort of obsessed with Angelina Jolie’s Lorraine Schwartz emeralds. It got me thinking about other great emerald Oscar moments. Last year, it was Jacqueline Durran’s Oscar win for Costume Design in Atonement based, let’s face it, on this dress alone:


Also, last year, a gorgeous pregnant Cate Blanchett rocked some serious emeralds from Lorraine Schwartz:


And then who has ever worn the color better than Angelica Huston for her 1985 Oscar win for Prizzi’s Honor?


Julianne Moore took a turn in an amazing Tom Ford for YSL emerald frock at the Academy Awards in 2003 when she was nominated for both Far From Heaven and The Hours:


I guess I’ve been fixated on emerald green for the past few weeks since Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly wore that INSANE dress from Balmain at the He’s Just Not That Into You premiere:


Update 1/23/09: I am begrudgingly addressing my friend Jill’s comment about Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow’s turn in emerald in Great Expectations. I didn’t initially include it because TheFoodinista.com is a Gwyneth-free zone. But I’ll make an exception, since Donna Karan deserves a nod for this:


Friday Follies in Film: And the Oscar Goes to…

In Fashion, Film on February 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

Friday Follies [n., pl.] postings on Fridays about fashion and food in film from guest bloggers with impeccable taste.


In this edition, our fashion insiders’ picks for Best Costume Design:


Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman / Australia

Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman / Australia


Catherine Martin’s clothes for Nicole Kidman were exquisite, from the suit she wore when she landed on the shores of Australia to the Chinoiserie gown she wore to the ball. And they served the epic story.—Booth Moore, fashion critic, Los Angeles Times


The purist in me says film costumes shouldn’t necessarily take center stage; their main purpose is to make you believe in the story. But screw realism this year. I loved the costumes that stole the show. For me, that was Australia.—Kristin Young, fashion editor


Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet / Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet / Revolutionary Road


While I think the costumes were breathtaking for Australia—I’m a huge fan of Catherine Martin—I think it’s often more challenging to work with more modern-day costumes. Creating a balance between being historically correct as well as modern, all the while adding to the film is unbelievably difficult and I think Albert Wolsky was pitch perfect. He used the clothes in Revolutionary Road in creating palpable tension for the characters, so much so they truly enhanced the scenes, most notably the argument outside the car between Kate and Leo.—Kim Friday, Senior Fashion Editor, WWD


Sean Penn / MILK

Sean Penn / MILK



While 70s movies are usually way over the top, the costumes were wonderfully evocative and individually powerful.

—Vincent Boucher, fashion stylist


Keira Knightly / The Duchess

Keira Knightly / The Duchess


The best costume should go to The Duchess, though I admit to be heavily influenced by other elements of the movie, ie: Hair and Make-up and Art Direction. It was a gorgeous movie and I really enjoyed the beautiful interpretations of that era – I’m a sucker for a costume drama.—Magda Berliner, Designer



I love the period costumes but I was especially struck by how beautifully accessorized Keira Knightley’s character was in every scene. The hats, hair accessories, jewelry, pins, fur muffs, and did I mention the hats?? All of them were inspiring and transported us to another era where fashion played an important role in defining the position and character of a person.—Mark Buettell, Creative Director, MaxStudio Footwear


Keira Knightly in all those fab period costumes and corsets!—Julie Kramer, ArtMix Beauty


Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt / Benjamin Button

Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt / Benjamin Button


It’s tough not to appreciate all that goes into a period film and all of this year’s candidates take place in an another time, from 1770s England to 1970s San Francisco and the costume designers of each of these films really outdid themselves. Of course, audiences have generally become so much more savvy about period authenticity–while also expecting a thrill from the fashion as much as anything else in the film. Much has been made about the red dress designer Jacqueline West created for Cate Blanchett’s character in “Benjamin Button,” and for good reason. The frock is as key to that moment in the story as Daisy’s words and expression. West has said that Blanchett pushed for the dress to be red, and director David Fincher has admitted to amping up the color even more to highlight the scene’s emotion. A single costume can mean so much to a story’s arc. It can do so much, too, to imprint a character’ effect on the mind, the collective conscience, on movie history. Think Elizabeth Taylor in that white slip in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Or, just last year, Kiera Knightly in that deep emerald sheath in “Atonement.” It’s the stuff that elevates a movie and movie star to icon.—Rose Apodaca, L.A. Vie en Rose

For what to drink on Oscar Sunday, check out Tasting Table L.A.’s picks by clicking here!