- It has to be The Devil wears Prada! It takes place at the editorial office of a fashion magazine, Runway and its boss is played by Meryl Streep, whose hairstyle inspired a lot of women when the movie appeared. Anne Hathaway has to adapt to a whole new lifestyle and decide what are the most important things in life. Paris Fashion Week, photoshoots, amazing dresses… a classic!
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s dresses take an honourable place at the history of fashion. The little black dress, the beige trench coat, the pink coctail dress and a man’s shirt worn as a nightgown became classics.
- Coco before Chanel commemorates how Gabrielle Chanel became the world’s most famous designer. Beginning with a wild woman, who refused to wear a corset and decided to wear pants for riding a horse. She revolutionised the fashion industry.
- Sex and the City 1 and 2 are not exactly fashion movies in a serious manner, though we can not avoid them with the amount of Manolo Blahnik’s and designer dresses appearing in both of the movies.
- Funny face is about a girl who works in a bookshop and suddenly becomes a model even though her face doesn’t seem to fit in the current beau ideal. The main characters are played by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
- Yves Saint Laurent, who first became the assistant of Christian Dior kicks the doors of fashion with his haute couture collection. His best friend and his muse also appears in the film who followed his career from the very beginning.
- Coco Chanel from 2008 is a biography based on the designer’s life. The elderly Chanel, who narrates the whole movie is played by Shirley MacLaine.
1. Never wear more than 3 colours at the same time.
2. A hat or a scarf can make a whole new outfit.
3. If you are wearing tight jeans, your upper clothing should be loose and vice versa.
4. Make sure to wear nice underwear and tights every day.
5. Hoodies (or anything with a zipper in front) and soft bottoms are for the gym or for at home.
6. Instead of wearing fake labels, make sure to invest in good quality key pieces.
7. Huge prints scream for attention.
8. Never mix silver jewelry with gold at the same time.
9. Don’t wear too much jewelry. Choose between a watch or a bracelet. Moderate earrings and a necklase can work together though.
10. Have a signature look that is typical for you.
The first month of the year has already passed… Wait! Whaaat?
Let’s see what I was up to in my free time!
Book experience of the month:
First I read a book about Hungarian artist’s love stories (Festői szerelmek) from a Hungarian literature historian, Krisztián Nyári, it was very interesting.
The next one was Vivienne Westwood written by her and Ian Kelly. The book starts with describing the preparations of Paris’s Fashion Week, so it’s a must read to all fashionistas!
Audiobook experience of the month:
This month I continued Harry’s adventures in Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament and I realised that if I had to choose my favourite book from the series, it has to be this one or the third book. It’s beacuse they are not so dark as the books following, but still we went to more adventures with Harry already and we know all the characters.
Movie experience of the month:
If you are looking for a very funny action movie, The hitman’s bodyguard will be perfect for your taste. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are hilarious!
Inspired by my new chapter, I watched some of my favourite fashion movies, Sex and the City 1 and 2 and of course, The Devil wears Prada. All of them had been a great inspiration for me.
And the last movie I saw was Jumanji from 1995 with the darling Robin Williams. It made me think, how future generations will react to this year’s movies that we consider very spectacular. Where will the film industry develop?
Cinema experience of the month:
And the reason I watched the old Jumanji movie because I saw the new one in the cinema. I was looking for relaxation and I got it! It had been shot in a very scenic place and it actually turned out to be more fun than I thought.
Series experience of the month:
I saw Kit Harrington’s mini series, Gunpowder about Guy Fawkes’ and a group of Catholics who attempted to blow up the House of Lords and kill the king.
The other series I saw is called Dark and if I had to resemble it to an other series, it would be Stranger Things, but the German version of it. Although it has time travelling and more characters.
Theatre experience of the month:
There is a series in REÖK Palace in Szeged that commemorates the most famous Hungarian painter’s love stories. This month it was Mihály Munkácsy.
I also went to see Amadeus in the National Theatre in Szeged. It was written by Peter Shaffer and I’m a huge fan of this drama. I saw it first in the Katona József Theatre in Kecskemét and I saw the movie from 1984.
Photography experience of the month:
It has to be that Friday when I was shooting ballet classes. Click here to find out more about it.
Music experience of the month:
This month I was listening to French music: Édith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Brel, Zaz, Indila, Chloé Stafler.
Drink experience of the month:
My friend, Helen from Taiwan surprised me by sending Taiwanese tea for my birthday, because she knows about my tea obsession. It has been a wonderful surprise! 🙂
If you are interested in famous designer’s lives:
Henry Gidel – Coco Chanel
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly – Vivienne Westwood
Patrizia Gucci – Gucci
Patrizia Gucci – Charme
Laurence Benaim – Yves Saint Laurent
If you want to know more about French chic:
Inés de la Fressange – Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Tish Jett – Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance
If you are interested in the history of accessories:
Carmel Allen – Handbag: To have and to hold
Although I believe everyone has to find her own style, I still think there are some wardrobe essentials that are must-haves. They are great to combine and by selecting your personal favourites with a twist, it will give you the ‘forever stylish but unique’ look.
– a white shirt
– a black silk blouse
– a black and white striped blouse (Because it’s great for combination.)
– something blue (A shirt made of jeans, for example, because this colour looks great on everybody.)
– a pullover that has the perfect fit and perfect colour (For example, I have very plain skin and dark hair and to these features I can’t put on anything pastel, because that would made me look even paler. Instead I prefer vivid colours like red, green and blue.)
– a tweed jacket or blazer
– a jacket made of jeans
– a trench coat (Mine is green one from Marks & Spencer with buttons in the front and it is slim at the waist.)
– a winter coat
‘…and for downs’:
– the perfect jeans (This item requires the most consideration, because it is the most frequently used one.)
– a pair of black trousers
– a pair of white jeans/trousers for spring/summer
– a pencil skirt (Mine is a black leatherette that is high waist and shin length.)
And what about shoes…?
– black high heels
– moccasins or Oxford shoes for longer walks
– leather boots
– pearl earrings
– a statement necklace
– a watch
– a scarf for winter and one for autumn and spring
– a bag for everyday use
– a clutch for formal occasions
Emmanuelle Alt is the current editor of the French Vogue and a true style icon. She started working at the fashion industry in 1984 at Elle magazine when she was only 17 years old! She said: ‘I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour.’
Colette /1873-1954./ was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century’s French literature. She herself chose Audrey Hepburn to play the main role of her short novel, Gigi in the theatre when the actress was not yet famous. She said: ‘I was happy. I regret that I realized this only now.’
Brigitte Bardot, the French Marilyn Monroe is an iconic actress and singer. In the 1960’s she started campaigning for the rights of animals. She said: ‘I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.’
Madame de Pompadour /1721-1764./ was the lover of King Loius XV and he listened to her opinion about state affairs. She was a supporter of arts and sciences. She said: ‘Everyday I wish to make the world more beautiful than I found it.’
Caroline de Maigret is a model who co-wrote How to be Parisian. She said: ‘Paris pushes me to think. It releases all my strengths and weaknesses. It’s a city for walking. I cross the river, I’m in jeans and a biker jacket, with the wind in my hair. I see the history and the beauty of the buildings. I never forget Paris…’