Olivier Assayas second collaboration with Kristen Stewart is an eerie tale of a young American woman in Paris, Maureen Cartwright, trying to make contact with the spirit of her twin brother while carrying out her day-to-day duties as a personal shopper for a high-profile and incredibly difficult celebrity. Personal Shopper is a quiet, paired down film with the only embellishments the beautiful clothes and accessories Maureen procures for her client, sometimes trying them on herself, and an ending that keeps you wondering in the most satisfying way. Personal Shopper 2016, directed by Olivier Assayas, starring Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie and Nora von Waldstatten.
William Eggleston is often described as the pioneer of colour photography and an inspiration for Sofia Coppola who describes viewing his work as “having your breath taken away”. William Eggleston Portraits part of the NGV Festival of Photography until 18 June 2017. Visit: ngv.vic.gov.au
With echoes of Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar nominated Mustang is such a special film and one of my favourites this year. Mustang 2015 directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, starring Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan.
The Neon Demon polarised audiences at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and judging by the conversations heard on my way out of the screening at the Astor Theatre last weekend its a film that continues to do so. Yes there are a few scenes that are shocking and uncomfortable to watch (for those who have seen it you will know exactly which scenes I am referring to) however I couldn’t help feeling energised and excited as I left the cinema. The Neon Demon speaks to all the senses through Nicolas Winding Refn’s visual style which is both beautiful and perverse, and a spooky score by Cliff Martinez reminiscent of 70s/80s electronica music that wouldn’t seem out of place in Dario Argento’s Suspiria or John Carpenter’s Halloween. The Neon Demon is a horror film in the true sense, its beautiful, crazy, brutal, darkly comic at times and isn’t afraid to shock or push the boundaries – for me that’s what makes it a really, really exciting film. The Neon Demon 2016, Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, …
Apparently Richard Burton famously quipped that in the nine months Elizabeth Taylor spent in Rome filming Cleopatra, she learned just one word of Italian — ‘Bulgari’. Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style, a free exhibition at the NGV International until 29 January 2017. Visit: ngv.vic.gov.au
A film that definitely stays with you and easily the best film I have seen this year. Nocturnal Animals 2016, directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Isla Fisher.
Loewe’s new phonebook-size tome captures the evolution of the 170 year-old brand through a series of editorial photography and campaign images, and it’s metamorphosis since Jonathan Anderson joined as creative director in October 2013. Loewe ‘Past, Present, Future’ curated by Luis Venegas. Visit: loewe.com
Drive turns five. It seems like only yesterday that I sat in a movie theatre, large popcorn in my lap, excited and anxious to see a film that everyone was talking about. Drive was (and still is) a mesmerising experience. I thought about it for days after I saw it and couldn’t wait to download the soundtrack from iTunes, which is iconic in itself. Drive 2011. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. Soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, featuring College, Kavinsky and Desire. Vinyl launch party with 35mm Film Screening at the Astor Theatre, Tuesday 15 November 2016. Visit: astortheatre.net.au
November 11-13, G1 Gallery Upstairs, 5 Easey Street, Collingwood Images via: stephenbakerart.com
I’m a sucker for science fiction, particularly tales of dystopian futures and loved everything about this film. Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult and directed by Drake Doremus.
A new book by writer and fashion insider Navaz Batliwalla (a.k.a Disneyrollergirl) and published by Laurence King. Visit: disneyrollergirl.net and navazbatliwalla.com
Victor&Rolf: Fashion Artists opened at the NGV International this week. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot who also curated the The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the NGV in 2014-15. Last night Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren appeared in conversation with curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot in the Great Hall at the NGV and I feel so very blessed to have been able attend. As did the many fashion students in the crowd who were given the opportunity at the end of the conversation to ask Victor&Rolf their burning questions, such as: how do they achieve their super scientific pattern making; what is the secret to their successful collaboration; and what advice would they give to someone just starting a career in fashion – their advice “create something that no-one has created before, be original and forge your own path”. These words struck a chord with me as I wandered through the exhibition afterwards. Victor&Rolf are artists, originals and avant-garde in the true sense. Victor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is on at the NGV International until 26 February 2017. …
I’ve never really understood the allure of the Podcast. It reminded me too much of boring talkback radio shows, however I subscribed to Garance Doré’s – Pardon My French Podcast when it first launched this year and since then have been a convert. It’s now one of the highlights of my week to find the latest episode downloaded on my iPhone, like a present being left in my post box or finding a much coveted magazine on the Newsstand. Some of my favourite episodes so far: How to Build a Brand Your Own Way with Grace Bonney & Anna Bond Looking Back to Look Forward (celebrating 10 years of the blog) with Garance and Emily The Wonderlust Child with Michael Kors Friendship x Collaboration with Clare V and Mike D Friendship, Support and Self-deprecation with Rose Byrne and Laura Brown Creativity with Isaac Mizrahi La Parisienne with Isabel Marant & Caroline de Maigret Visit garancedore.com or subscribe to Pardon My French on iTunes.
A common case of over thinking a romantic situation. A short film written and directed by Danny Sangra. Visit dannysangra.com
I’m not one of those people who likes to hark back to the good old days. In my mind there’s a lot of interesting things happening right now. However, I sometimes dream about having the power to time travel, to go back and relive a particular experience in a particular time and place, one that was so good that I wouldn’t want to change a thing, like: dancing until dawn in a London club with great friends, to great music that gave me goosebumps; that first view of the Manhattan Skyline travelling from JFK Airport to the hotel on my first trip to New York; getting seriously lost wandering around the canals in Venice, Italy but loving it anyway; discreetly following Geishas through Gion in Kyoto, Japan and ending up in a tiny bar, seating only six people, sipping Sake and singing Karaoke; watching the sunrise at the top of a Volcano in Haleakala National Park on the Island of Maui, Hawaii; and watching the sunset on Sairee Beach in Koh Tao, Thailand. These are …