Favourite Fashion Films

I’m currently up to my ears in work for my portfolio for the University of Applied Arts (for stage design) – The submission and the exam are next week and I’m kind of finished, I think?
I’m actually dying to do something else, to tackle other creative projects that don’t involve paint, paper, acrylic glass, cardstock…. Something involving fabric and a sewing machine would be nice :)

But for now all I can do to keep myself sane (and calm) and make sure I don’t run out of inspiration is to rewatch my favourite fashion films. Short films packed with inspiration, emotion and, most importantly, beautiful clothes. They are all quite different, the range is from moody and sensual to upbeat and happy and everything in between. The ones below have remained my favourites and are the ones that I could watch over and over again. Hope you’ll enjoy them as well, and if you have recommendations, please tell me!

(Not included are all those wonderful behind-the-scenes clips that take us into the ateliers and show us how it’s all made – maybe I’ll post a compilation of my favourites from this section one day! They are just as fascinating!)

It Had To Be You – Vogue India (accompanying this wonderful editorial)

Once Upon a Time in Sicily – Vogue Japan (there is a version in better quality on vimeo)

Learn the ABC’s of Fashion – i-D magazine

Voyage Seafarius – Tommy Hilfiger

Fashion Against Aids – Dan Martensen for H&M

Castaway – Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Summer 2015 Campaign – Dolce&Gabbana

Rangeen – Free People

The Cruise 2016 Campaign – Gucci

Stranger in a Room – Dior Homme Summer 2016

Mr. Burberry – dir. by Steve McQueen, probably the least ‘fashion’ film, but pretty nonetheless

February

In February, I…

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  • celebrated Fasching (carnival) with cute little cakes
  • discovered a new international/exotic supermarket (date syrup!)
  • finalized the performance for the show
  • and saw the location for the first time
  • was invited to a karaoke party (not a fan)
  • pre-ordered ‘Gertie’s Ultimate Dressbook’
  • and some fabric swatches (which arrived today!)
  • stayed up all night and then went straight to school
  • fell in love with bulgur (so so good)
  • went to the cinema three times (The Danish Girl, Brooklyn, Mad Max + Oscar night)

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October

This October, I…

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  • finished my coat
  • visited my new baby niece
  • started making the patterns for my graduate collection
  • spent a lot of money on a lot of fabric
  • had the idea for a small business… waiting to be fully articulated :)
  • discovered a couple of lovely new shops in my neighbourhood
  • spent the holidays back home in Salzburg
  • broke my laptop (technically, it broke)
  • went to the cinema (Macbeth! It was fantastic)
  • had lunch on the balcony – it was very warm for the end of October!

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for the baby

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foggy morning

swatches

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mice in cigar-boxes

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The True Cost

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Last weekend, I went to a screening of the movie The True Cost. I was deeply touched and coulnd’t get it out of my head – my mind was spinning with information, ideas, examples, fears, personal stories etc. To calm all this noise, I sat down, opened my laptop and just started to write. I jotted down my thoughts, bringing order into this chaos. What I ended up with is an essay about my own, personal relationship with sewing and how that is a statement against fast fashion. How it evolved from sewing purely for pleasure into much more. Many questions came up while writing and I realized that sewing your own clothes is only a very small part of breaking the chain. But it is a good start.

I submitted my essay to Colette’s Seamwork magazine, let’s see what they will have to say about it. If they aren’t interested in publishing, I’ll dedicate another blog post to it. This way or another, I’d really like to share my thoughts on this subject with you and hear your opinions. I’ll keep you updated what’s going to happen with the essay!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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I saw the movie on Tuesday night. It was a double feature, first the Desolation of Smaug and then, at 23:59 The Battle oft he Five Armies (the only way to see it here in 2D and English – I get a headache from 3D and there’s no way I’m watching it synchronized!). So, what can I say about it? (Prepare for some rambling!)

Actually, I’m lost for words. I lived that movie. I felt so many emotions watching it: joy, excitement, anger, happiness, fear, nervousness, heartbreak… you get it. But it was so intense, I actually don’t remember much of it, like Smaug’s final speech for example. What was he talking about? Don’t ask me. It’s a bit like when you’re at a party or at a special event and you just remember small bits and that it was awesome, but you can’t list all the people you talked to, it’s a blur.

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Another thing missing are my feelings towards this movie. It was epic, yes. But otherwise? What was my favourite part? What surprised me? I can’t tell. It’s like I’m in a dream, not being able to articulate exactly what I want to express. A bit like a vacuum – this literally is the end, but I haven’t quite grasped that yet. Sometimes during the movie, I was like “Shit, this really ist he last one, no more after that! It is final!”, but I sat through the end credits and walked out oft he cinema (at 02:30), not realizing that, hey, that was it! The End! I will always be able to return to the story, but there won’t be new places and characters to discover and it will be at home, on the small screen.

So basically the the point of this post is to tell you that I’ve seen the movie and to try to express my feelings about it (and reading what I wrote so far, I think I failed…). As you can see, I still haven’t yet quite ‘recovered’ from this epic, awesome, great, fantastic, amazing movie. I also don’t want to spoil anything. But please, if you are just remotely interested, go and see it. It’s so worth it: Not just one big battle as the title might suggest, but so many smaller, personal struggles and quite a lot of psychology. And I think I shouldn’t even start about the set design and the costumes and the character developement, I could write a whole essay about it – after seeing the movie again (soon, hopefully!)

All that is left for me to say now is namárië.

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If you want to read my reviews of the past to films, click here for An Unexpected Journey and here for The Desolation of Smaug.

365 photos

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20.01.2014 – Sewing a blouse

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21.01.2014 – I loved both movies, they were great! Looking forward to the Oscars….

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22.01.2014 – Currently reading

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23.01.2014 – Reflections

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24.01.2014 – Tarte Tatin

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25.01.2014 – Watching the men’s downhill race in Kitzbühel (Hannes Reichelt!)

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26.01.2014 – Studying North American Civilization

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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I went to see The Hobbit 2 with my sister on saturday. I just read my review from the first part again (here) and I don’t think I’ll write another one – reading it again made me realise that I made the movie look really …. well, not as good as I thought it was. It is just always easier to complain about the things you don’t like than to praise those you loved. And in this movie, there were only two things that I found a bit weird or uneccessary (for those who have already seen it: the healing scene and the golden statue). But then again, the statue leads to that great scene were you see Smaug… let’s just say, he is also sometimes described like that in the book and I loved this reference (do I make any sence at all? Probably not…). Speaking of Smaug, I loved him. He’s simply amazing. Oh, and again coming back to my first review… Of course he isn’t blue, it just looked like that in the last scene. And Bilbo talking to him, always trying not to make him angry… that was fantastic. I also loved Mirkwood and the Woodland Realm, I wish there had been more of it – maybe in the extended version. I also thought the barrel scene was really fun, Bombur even got an applause by the audience! Concerning the new characters, I think Bard was really good (both played and his overall character), and Tauriel was a nice addition. Apropos Elves, I was never ‘fangirling’ about Legolas, but seeing a familiar face (except Gandalf of course!) in this movie was nice! :) All in all, go and watch this movie, it’s great! I can’t wait for the last and final part – it will be wonderful to return to Middleearth, but sad at the same time, as it will be the last time….. Until then, I will shorten the time by listening to the soundtrack and read The Hobbit Chronicles Book 3, which will come for Christmas!