Film Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

I was very lucky to see an exclusive pre-screening of Florence Foster Jenkins thanks to Australian fashion label Trenery and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The illustrious Meryl Streep plays New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who became an opera singing despite her complete lack of singing ability, rhythm and enunciation.  This biographical film follows Florence’s oblivious determination to sing opera on the stage, with the help of her loyal husband St Clair, played by Hugh Grant and with the accompaniment of pianist Cosme McMoon, played by Simon Helberg. Streep’s dry wit is delightful in this role […]

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Review: How to be Parisian

This book has a couple of fab snippets of advice that all young girls (and boys!) should be told before they come of age…. For example One of my favourite statements about Fashion: ‘Logos. You are not a billboard’. But most of these insights are contained within the first couple of pages only! The rest of the book was very disappointing; it is filled with whimsical contradictions that gave me the impression that the four authors, a group of friends, have convened purely to fill out the pages of this book with a fictional concoction of a ‘true’ Parisian. The only […]

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Finding Vivian Maier

If you see one documentary/film this year make it Finding Vivian Maier. John Maloof purchased a box of negatives from an auction house looking for old photographs for his study assignment. What he stumbled on was thousands of incredible photos by the late Vivian Maier and he so he went on a personal mission to find out who this unknown mystery lady was. He also made it his goal to publish all of her photos to gain posthumous recognition of her work. Vivian Maier was a nanny for many families in Chicago and took pictures from the 1940s right up […]

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