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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

24 Nov

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving—yeah I know it was yesterday—to all celebrating! Even with the four-day weekend, there are still plenty of red carpet moments and award season antics. The AMAs delivered some sartorial highs, the Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced, Call Me By Your Name is out today and there’s a reunion that makes my heart swell.

I realized last week that “Out of the Box” has turned into something a little more than just the best looks; it has become a weekly newsletter of sorts with a mix of outfits and other things that excite me including trailers and performances. The level of activity on TV Ate My Wardrobe is less than it used to be (because I am writing for other outlets) and this is all very much a work in progress (as is life), but I am thankful I have this outlet to share these weekly observations. Viola Davis is a vision in white caped-sleeve crystal-embroidered Michael Kors Collection at the AMAs and she never disappoints on the red carpet.As the host of the AMAs, Tracee Ellis Ross had numerous outfit changes throughout the night and she made a dramatic impact on her arrival in a stunning custom Stella McCartney sequin gown.

Regular readers will know how much I love Tracee Ellis Ross’ Instagram feed and it showcases the many looks she wore while hosting. I’ve gone for another sparkly number and this video really captures this aspect of the Paco Rabanne matching skirt and top. Another highlight is this tribute to both her mother and Michael Jackson.Clueless reboot, but now Cher is a spy and played by Yara Shahidi. Sign me up. Going against the jewel tone palette she wears as Veronica Lodge on Riverdale is Camila Mendes in a romantic J. Mendel gown.

And for all things Riverdale season 2 style check out my Observer column here
I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s new album “Meaning of Life” nonstop and holy hell is this Christian Siriano feathered gown serving up super diva feelings.

I love her.They’re not actually sisters, but Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby very much look like siblings as they both opt for seasonal sparkles of varying lengths—Christian Dior for Foy, Prada for Kirby—at the premiere of The Crown. Foy’s Lisbeth Salander hair looks great and I am super excited for the second season of this show.  The full Ava DuVernay/Ryan Coogler panel transcript is going to be made available soon, but for now enjoy this snippet and DuVernay’s patterned frock.

And the new Wrinkle in Time trailer.Also at VultureFest is Sofia Coppola in an outfit that looks straight from my closet. So of course I am here for it.Jennifer Garner’s giving great slip dress at a screening of her new film The Tribes of Palos Verdes and this week I watched the episode of Felicity where she first makes an appearance.

And as a big Alias fan, I would love to see her reunite with J.J. Abrams in a professional capacity. Maybe Star Wars, maybe something else. Or just get Garner a great TV project. At the Film Independent 2018 Spirit Awards press conference, Tessa Thompson goes for pattern clashing Jason Wu and some amazing orange pumps. This is one of my favorite award shows of the season and I am so happy that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be back again to host. It is also one of the best red carpets of the entire calendar and Thompson’s look here is very much in line with the kind of thing you can expect from the main event.

For the full list of nominees head here. One movie that has got multiple Spirit Award nominations is the incredible Call Me By Your Name (released today in the US) and the press tour for this movie has included a number appearance delights. It is a movie I watched twice at the cinema within the space of one week and it is probably my favorite film of the year. I finished the book at the weekend and the soundtrack has been playing in-between those Kelly Clarkson listens.

Timothée Chalamet is having quite the year and he gets a great plaid suit modeling shot in GQ. Hopefully we will see more of this kind of suit wearing throughout award season.

I fell down a GoldDerby video hole the other day, but I still don’t know where Chalamet got this eagle sweater number from. It is information I would like to have.Armie Hammer covers The Hollywood Reporter this week and he is staring deep into your soul.  In the interview he talks about the hypocrisy of Hollywood and the Oscars with how Casey Affleck was lauded while Nate Parker was shutout. There’s also a discussion about his interesting career trajectory and the joyous experience of making Call Me By Your Name. And Hammer in chunky knits. Always appreciated.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

23 Jun

The theme of this week’s “Out of the Box” is fun with a whole lot of whimsical patterns across various public appearances. The pre-Emmy nomination campaigning is now on the quieter side, but there is still plenty going on including several premieres and more magazine delights on the back of last week’s bumper rundown.

In exciting news, I have a piece over at Elle about Wonder Woman, glasses and makeover montages in movies. Check that out here.Preacher returns Sunday (June 25) and I’m really excited to have Ruth Negga as Tulip back on TV. Tulip was one of the best dressed new characters of 2016 and as any regular reader will be aware, Ruth Negga crushed it on the most recent film awards circuit.

This pattern continues at the Preacher premiere with Negga in a tricky Chanel feathered, beaded and tulle frock; she’s making this whole fashion thing look so easy.In more magical fashion unicorn news; the new Spider-Man promo tour continues and at the Barcelona photocall Zendaya looks effortlessly cool in a Delpozo ensemble that has a lot going on.

Flamingos are super prevalent right now as everyone wants to put a bird on it; from clothes to every single piece of summer homeware I’ve seen recently and yet this top looks like none of the items I have seen. Also those pants would look terrible on me, but I want them.

Zendaya is great and if you haven’t read her Vogue cover story yet then I would definitely recommend.The Big Sick is on my most anticipated summer movie list and at the New York premiere Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon look fabulous while promoting the film they wrote together. Emily gives great lipstick and pattern, which are pretty much two of my favorite things.Keeping with the lipstick/pattern theme is Kirsten Dunst in Gucci at the Build Series discussion and I have been style crushing on Dunst since I was a teen. Dunst has been hitting all the style notes throughout The Beguiled press tour from Cannes ball gowns to airport attire. Sofia Coppola looks classic and also pajama adjacent in those pants, which I am definitely here for.

Also in Sofia Coppola news here are several pieces that I have been reading this week including Soraya Roberts doing a deep dive on the themes of Coppola’s work, Ira Madison III taking on the controversy of Coppola removing Hallie, the slave character from The Beguiled, Inkoo Kang discussing Coppola’s problematic portrayal (and erasure) of racial elements in films such as Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring and Kristen Yoonsoo Kim’s interview with Coppola.Bonus Kirsten Dunst does fabulous casual style and even though I have already given these very ’70s jeans a shout out, they deserve another.

One more thing from The Beguiled press tour with a bonus Jesse Plemons mention on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Also Fargo season 2 really is the best TV Fargo.In amazing cover news; Mahershala Ali dominated my Twitter feed on Tuesday when GQ released these stunning images and his smile is pure delight. As is the rest of the photoshoot (yes I want this AMI Alexandre Mattiussi sweatshirt).

And the piece that accompanies the super summery fashion editorial is both thoughtful and thought provoking. It is an incredible profile by Carvell Wallace that reflects on a range of topics including the current political climate:

“I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism. The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent. I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at. And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper.”

It is an in-depth interview covering Ali’s childhood, religion, his career and fame. It is one of the best profiles of the year and Carvell Wallace makes this so much more than your bog standard actor puff piece.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

15 Jun

Not so much Emmy chat in the sartorial sphere, but awards they keep on coming. The week kicked off with Tony style and as you will see below the Women In Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards also delivered. Plus it is that time of month when magazine covers are unveiled and the July issues are really coming through on that front.

And I also talk about my new Twin Peaks style icon here.
This is such a great summertime cover of Time Out with Jessica Williams as its star and it is impossible not to stare at her eyes. And not just because of the colorful eyeliner. The interview covers a range of topics including her new movie The Incredible Jessica James, her podcast 2 Dope Queens and an all too common scenario with the kind of parts that are available.

“I feel like, oftentimes, a black actress is the guest star in somebody else’s movie. As a minority, you’re like a guest role or something like that.” But with The Incredible Jessica James she “got to be the star of my own story.”

There’s also a fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer interlude and interviewer Inkoo Kang does not agree with Williams’ assertion that Buffy is the best character. For me it is a toss up between Faith and Giles. For The Edit, Zoë Kravitz looks dreamy in white including this Anna Sui gown that could double as a ’70s inspired wedding look.

Big Little Lies has been a huge success and Kravitz also has comedy Rough Night coming out (today in the US, August 25 in the UK) and the next Fantastic Beasts movie. Casting is something that comes up in this piece and even though Kravitz is carving out an interesting and varied career, she discusses just how narrow the thinking can be here:

“When my name is brought up in a casting office, I’m sure the fact that I’m black comes up in discussions. I just read a script in which there were two couples, and one was written as black. When I talked to the directors, they said I should play the wife of the black guy. It’s insane that they still think the black girl needs to be married to the black guy, and everyone else is white. Their thinking is so compartmentalized.”

She also discusses growing up with famous (and cool) parents, as well as her thoughts on fashion and how it “is another medium to express yourself: this is how I feel today, this is the external representation of what’s going on inside.”More dreaminess and Chrissy Teigen’s Marie Claire cover has me wondering where the nearest field is because this looks super appealing. Great choice of dress and this Gucci frock has so much going on – paisley! embroidered insects! – but looks fabulous.

The excerpts from the interview promise the usually candid Teigen and I will be purchasing this issue when it hits newsstands next week (June 20).

Also on a personal note, I used Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook to make a dinner extravaganza to celebrate 13 years (!) with my guy. I am not at all confident in the kitchen, but I find her style and recipes less terrifying to navigate and it was a tequila soaked success. Thanks, Chrissy!
It is Spider-Man: Homecoming promo time and this means we are going to get a whole lot of Zendaya, much to my delight. Including this stunning Vogue cover and Zendaya commanding all attention in feathered Calvin Klein.

The profile gets to the heart of what makes Zendaya one to watch; from her upbringing to how she reacted to Giuliana Rancic’s ignorant comments about her hair at the Oscars back in 2014 and the demands she made to Disney regarding the show that was originally going to be called Super Awesome Katy (such a bad name). It also touches on just how busy she is and that she’s got at least one more season of K.C. Undercover, including plans to discuss topics such as stop-and-frisk.

And she imparts an important piece of wisdom for fans both young and old:

“A lot of people don’t realize their power. I have so many friends who say yes to everything or feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in a situation. No: You have the power.”Kate McKinnon covers the July issue of Elle and I love everything about this shot from inside the magazine; blending masculine and feminine style. McKinnon is interviewed by Tina Fey and the extract points to the political aspects of her work on SNL including a discussion on doing an impression of real person. This issue hits newsstands Tuesday, 20 June.

Speaking of which and just because SNL isn’t on right now, this doesn’t mean we don’t get a little bit of a Kate McKinnon reaction to this week’s news. It is very funny interview.At an event celebrating Kate McKinnon’s cover and the Women in Comedy issue, Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin finally gives me a reason to like shoulder holes. This is an excellent patterned jumpsuit and the flats she has paired it with are also a fabulous choice.At the Women In Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Tracee Ellis Ross received the The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television and she is posing to perfection with it. The event is sponsored by Max Mara and this cute af ensemble is also by this brand. It manages to be sweet without feeling saccharine and the pink headwrap tops of this great look at an event where all eyes are on women.

In her speech she spoke about her Black-ish role and how it goes against the way black women are typically viewed in pop culture:

“There is work to be done on the representation of black women on television and how women of color are represented in media overall. As black women specifically, we are often objectified, oversexualized and ‘sassified.’ I really like that word, I made it up. To see Bow, my character on Black-ish, as something other than that on a hit mainstream TV show is really important.”Also at this event, Lupita Nyong’o presented her Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award and Nair also spoke at length about her struggles in this industry:

“I find myself, still after all these years of working, knocking at the door to be let in. We cannot afford to mistake the passage of time as progress. The steady march of years is not the same as change. In the face of this, it is so necessary, it is vital to find a community. Find those who build bridges with you and take you further because when all is said and done, there is absolutely no substitute for the act of simply doing the work, of finding the inspiration, of making something happen, and of actually creating.”

Both women look super chic and are crushing their lipstick choices. Nyong’o is a Lancôme brand ambassador and on her Instagram she helpfully points out the shade of lip crayon she is wearing.Plenty of floral interpretations at the Beguiled premiere and so far these ladies have been coordinating without ever looking too matchy matchy.

In a recent Sofia Coppola interview with Vulture the fact that so many big name directors are doing TV came up and I would love to see this happen:

“Yes! I would like to do a glamorous mini-series, although I know it’s just called a limited series now. But I feel like TV has gotten a little too gritty and edgy. I would like to bring glamour back to TV.”Pretty sure this group of ladies The Hollywood Reporter enlisted for the comedy actress roundtable could be part of Sofia Coppola’s TV glamour vision and I’m getting a strong sense of ’70s crime solving while also getting some cocktails.

As with the drama actresses, the comedy roundtable also has a high rate of delivering when it comes to an enlightening and often maddening chat. The latter includes horror audition stories and pay disparity based on gender. The whole thing can be read here and again I’m looking forward to watching the full version of this discussion.

Kirsten Dunst, Rashida Jones and Lauren Hutton Star in this Dreamy Calvin Klein Underwear Ad

20 Apr

Calvin Klein is bringing it with another strong underwear campaign; first the Moonlight cast and now an ad directed by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, Lauren Hutton, Rashida Jones, Nathalie Love and newcomers Laura Harrier, Maya Thurman-Hawke and Chase Sui Wonders.

Celebrating women from the ages of 18-73 is a good look even if some of these models fall into the nepotism camp that we have come to expect from this industry of late. And really it is often more the who you know that springboards a career. Not everyone can be a Kate Moss discovered on an airplane.

The grainy black and white style is a mix of Coppola’s dreamy aesthetic and the imagery we most associate with CK campaigns of the past. I can also pick out at least four different sets that I will be adding to my underwear wishlist. I’ve never owned any Calvin underwear – the nearest I have is men’s pajama pants – as I was never that bothered about waistbands with brands emblazoned on them, but it looks like this will be changing soon.

Watch the ad below.

And because I’m in the mood for more Dunst and Coppola here is the new The Beguiled trailer, which also looks great.

And because Kirsten Dunst is very good at Instagram and all three of these looks are great.

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Her hashtag game is always strong.

New “Bling Ring” Poster

29 May

Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival which means it’s time for a new poster emblazoned with positive quotes and star ratings. It’s a blend of the promotional imagery that has been released so far; a shot of the group walking down the street (also the cover of the Nancy Jo Sales book – which I’ve just ordered) with a bold font on a bright yellow background. The shot of the group by themselves isn’t all that impressive but coupled with the text and color it stands out (though this teaser poster is still my favorite).

Bling RingThis is one of my most anticipated summer movies (along with The Way, Way, BackFrances Ha and The Kings of Summer) partly thanks to the director and also because of the subject matter. I find the notion of celebrity and how some people strive for it beyond anything else to be fascinating. Coppola has a tendency to focus on youth culture and while she only really scratches the surface of this theme it is one she has explored through various time periods. It might not go too deep into the why of it all, but one thing you can count on with Coppola is that the film will look stunning (sadly the incredible cinematographer Harris Savides died during production but his vision still permeates). The soundtrack will be on repeat all summer and beyond – both Virgin Suicides soundtracks are still on constant rotation more than ten years after the film was released. And hey lets relive the fashion of five years ago; dig out your biggest sunglasses.

Also this new Bling Ring poster gives me an excuse to post this now infamous clip from Pretty Wild (via The Soup) and it’s quite possibly my favorite reality show moment.  

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