Thursday, February 24, 2011

'Wow, I really wasn't expecting this..."

So Hollywood's biggest night of the year is just around the corner and in anticipation of Natalie Portman winning an Oscar this prestigious event I've compiled a little list of memorable quotes from years gone by. The grateful, the ungrateful, humble and the refreshingly not-so-humble as well as some gems from various hosts and presenters.

"The only way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win." Humphrey Bogart, 1951 Someone call MTV, I think I smell a new reality show!

"This is one night I wish I smoked and drank." Grace Kelly 1954

"God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it. I deserve this." Shirley MacLaine, 1983 Quite possibly my favourite Oscar speech of all time...

"Marlon Brando has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterward, that he must... very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being, are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry… excuse me… and on television in movie re-runs, and also the recent happenings at Wounded Knee." Native American Woman Sasheen Littlefoot on behalf of Marlon Brando, 1973

"I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" Sally Field, 1985

"Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? This is fantastic!" Steven Spielberg 1999

"Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding." Robin Williams, 1997

"I'm so happy, thank you. A girl's got to have her moment. Everybody tries to get me to shut up. It didn't work with my parents and it didn't work now." Julia Roberts, about the 45-second limit on acceptance speeches, 2000

"Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?" Sandra Bullock, 2010

And now, a word from our presenters...

"The only acting you ever see at the Oscars is when people act like they're not mad they lost. Nicole Kidman was smiling so wide, she should have won an Emmy at the Oscars for her great performance. I was like, 'If you'd done that in the movie, you'd have won an Oscar, girl!" Chris Rock

"By the way, be sure to stay tuned for the whole show because at the end of the night we are going to vote somebody out of show business." Steve Martin

"We want to thank all of you for watching us congratulate ourselves tonight." Warren Beatty

"Probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings." David Niven, 1974, after a streaker ran across the stage.

"I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag" Adrian Brody to Halle Berry after planting one on her.

"When the Academy called, I panicked. I thought they might want their Oscars back and the pawn shop has been out of business for awhile." Woody Allen

"Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town." Steve Martin

And the Ungrateful Bitch award goes to...

"You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I haven't changed and I can honestly say that I'd rather have won the US Open Golf Tournament."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Look du Jour: The Cobalt Cougar

In case you ever wondered how Demi Moore manages to keep the attention of a hot, charismatic 33 year old, allow me to present exhibit A.

Demi and Ashton were presenters at the 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards earlier this week. The big winners in the film categories were Black Swan, The King's Speech and Alice in Wonderland with a nod to Glee for TV costume design. I'm not all that good at predicting stuff, but I do have a feeling that this will be the colour to look out for at Sunday's Oscars, the red carpet may just be dotted with hues of blue.

On a side note, Demi Moore will turn 49 this year! She still looks as thought she's be totally camouflaged at a young Hollywood party. I hope Madonna's plastic surgeon is taking notes!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Maids at City Hall

On Thursday night I went to go watch The Maids at City Hall. My former acting coach, Tamryn Spiers was starring alongside Denise Newman and Susan Danford. The play is a thriller by French playwright, Jean Genet about two sisters, Solange and Claire, who are both maids for a wealthy society woman whose treatment of her domestic servants yo-yo’s violently between apparent kindness and scathing abuse. The sisters’ outlet for their subsequent emotions is a disturbingly realistic game of ‘dress up’ and ‘make believe’ they play with each other, taking turns to be madam and toying with the idea of killing her to the point where it seems more like a necessity than an option...
Tam as Claire & Denise as Solange

Susan as the Madam
(pics from the Facebook group)

I feel like a bad Capetonian for saying this, but I have actually never been to City Hall before. And my goodness but it’s beautiful! Though getting from the car park into the hall was a small mission because of the sheer ferocity of the wind that has been plaguing us for the last week. It was ‘blow a small child over’ kind of windy & then I wanted to stop and take photos of the building’s exterior. I’m just glad that the skirt I was wearing was not of the flying up to my ears variety or the car guard may have gotten an eyeful.

Unfortunately I could not take a photo of the actual set (that sort of thing is frowned upon), but it was really pretty- a vintage boudoir with soft lighting, warm colours and lots of candles & the room itself is stunning, situated on the 2nd level of the hall. Maids slowly polishing the banisters of the main staircase and creepy cool music really set the mood as we walked up. My friend walked into the room first only to turn tail and walk right out again; she got freaked out coz 'Solange' and 'Claire' were sitting silently at the back staring at her. Hee hee.

The acting was really excellent and I especially admired the great physicality of all three actresses, each one completely owned the room every time she opened her mouth. Sometimes I will watch plays and see certain actors (no names mentioned) and think ‘psshh, I could've done better than that’, but when I watch plays like this I see how much I still have to learn. It’s very humbling, and inspiring (and just a teensy bit depressing). It was quite a short play , 90 minutes no interval, but as much as I do like watching plays I have the world’s shortest attention span so I appreciated that fact. I left pondering the gulf that exists between boss and employer, never more heightened than in a madam/maid relationship, no matter how much the modern woman likes to insist her maid is ‘one of the family’ she really isn’t, is she? I’m just glad no-one decided to wave the SA wand of political-correctness over this play, “The Domestic Workers” or ”The Home Executives” wouldn’t have had quite the same ring to it.
On an unrelated note, when we got back to the car, our car guard proudly informed us that he’d just smoked ‘so much weed’ and was ‘really high’, uh congrats buddy?
What I wore: this navy skirt is a new favorite of mine, snatched it up at a Topshop sale. The only downside is that it tends to shed a lot, I think I left a little pool of ostrich feathers on the floor around my seat, my apologies.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Got Curtains?

A new microtrend has been creeping onto runways & the red carpet; tassel detailing. Now there's two types of tasselling, the one, also known as fringe, is rather reminiscent of a Western (or the 70's) & can potentially appear on anything from boots to trousers, jackets, waistcoats & bags and tends to fade in and out of popularity over the years. The kind I'm talking about however, are those large, individual chunky tassels one usually finds dangling off the end of a curtain cord. Belts, bag embellishments and necklace detail is where the new tassel is most at home. Personally, I'm a fan of this trend, I think it's a great way to add a touch of vintage-looking glamour to an outfit (as long as it's kept subtle) & historically speaking, tassels have always invoked a sense of luxury and opulence- whether attached to thick brocade curtains or hanging in abundance off a rich tapestry.

Gucci S/S 2011

When I think tassels, the 1st designer that springs to mind is Gucci, thanks to their penchant for adorning their latest IT bag with at least one tassel somewhere, so naturally they are at the forefront of this trend. Loving the 4th look, navy with touches of gold, one of my favourite colour combinations.

Sonia Rykiel S/S 2011
Hat detail at Sonia Rykiel.

My favourite; cute & feminine at Paul And Joe. Love the lilac & silver tassels & those shorts!

Runway to red carpet: One of my favourites out of the more understated looks at last Sunday's Grammys- Model Christine Teigen works her gold Gucci belt with this adorable 2-tone blue minidress.

In the bag: Julianne Moore and Leighton Meester at the Golden Globes.

The great thing about this trend is that we don't have to wait for it to trickle down to our shores all the way from Europe or spend a small fortune on an accessory that will soon be so last season, you can actually pop down to your nearest fabric shop and buy a length of tasseled curtain cord for next to nothing & create your own DIY waist belt. It's definitely on my 'To Buy' list.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Requiem for a Jean Pant

Parting is such sweet sorrow...I don't consider myself a hoarder. Yes I have quite a lot of clothes but I do wear pretty much all of them and those that I don't often wear are quite thematic, hence I keep them around for future costume parties/Halloween etc. And those that I have no use for, or no longer fit into get given away or thrown out. I only have one item I keep for sentimental reasons which is my matric dance dress. Everything else has it's purpose and does get worn, even if it's only once a year. I certainly don't ascribe to my mother's philosophy of whenever she buys something new, she throws out something old, even if she still wears it. Au contraire, I have often rescued some of her castoffs and given them a loving new home in my own wardrobe. But every now and then, one has to face getting rid of something one loves simply because it can no longer be worn. In my case, it is a pair of denim shorts, perfect denim shorts, except not so perfect anymore... I'd ignored the increasing amount of shredded denim on the waistband, in fact I thought it made them look even better- a sign that they'd had a hard life- very rock 'n roll, but then I suddenly noticed the other day that the denim has worn through on the butt and if I hold them up to the light, I can practically see through them. They are beyond repair, doomed. They started off their life some 7 years ago (in fact the oldest piece of clothing I still wear) as a pair of Guess jeans, my 1st pair of expensive jeans. They were about 10 shades darker and I wore them alot.Then I switched to wearing dark jeans and only rediscovered them about 3 years ago when pale jeans came back into fashion. Unfortunately they acquired an ink stain somewhere down the leg and a year later I took out the scissors and carefully turned them into shorts. I love the versatility of denim shorts. People like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung made them uber stylish, while people like Britney Spears made them uber trashy...It all depends on how you wear them. So, as a tribute to my trusty shorts I thought I'd do a little presentation 'Denim Shorts, 4 Ways' of course there's loads of ways to wear them, but it's a start...

 For a night out: I love the contrast of pale shorts with black tights, went for a lace pair for this look. You can't really see what's going on with the top, but it's actually a black leotard with a studded waistcoat over it. Wasn't originally going to accessorize but I felt like it was missing something, so I tried to keep it simple with a locket on a long chain.

Beach boho: Denim shorts are made for the beach. I wanted to give this look a boho twist for something different. I'm in love with my new retro-looking sunnies- picked them up from Mr Price the other day for R30!!

 Masculine-inspired: Don't know why I look so sulkypants here, was probably trying to look serious...I love that brown woven leather belt, it is sooo versatile. It's actually my dad's, but I'm forever nicking it from his closet! I picked up my leather brogues from Dune in London (at half price!), they're amazing, soft as butter.

Lady-like: With a sheer cream blouse, bow headband and kitten heels. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the return of kitten heels, but my feet are very happy about it so I'm sure I'll come around. Anyway, I love this red tweed pair, I've had them for ages. There's actually a story behind them, but that's for another time.

So I guess that's that then. I must bury them in the bin & begin the mourning process. Farewell my little shorts, I wish you Godspeed on the way to fashion heaven. Say hi to Coco & McQueen for me.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SAG Awards Fashion Recap; Black, White & Red all over

The Screen Actors Guild awards were held in Hollywood last Sunday. As the lesser cousin to the Globes & Oscars, the vibe is quite casual and fun & the red carpet is more populated with TV stars and randoms than lots of Hollywood heavyweights. But that's not to say that the red carpet fashion also takes a backseat... If the Globes were all about nudes and emerald greens, the SAGs were about bold colours with lots of reds, some pinks, oranges and bright blues. There were still many stars in nude tones; Hilary Swank, Eva Longoria and the majority of the female Glee cast opted for neutrals, but even more ladies went to the far ends of the colour spectrum and chose black and white.

The ladies in red: Tina Fey getting it right (for a change) in De La Renta, Julianna Margulies in YSL, Katrina Bowden in Max Azria and Valerie Bertinelli (designer unknown)

Nicole Kidman in Nina Ricci, Christina Hendricks in L'wren Scott, Dianna Agron in Chanel and Amber Riley rocking her curves in Anne Barge.

Natalie Portman kept it simple in an Azzaro dress that didn't fit her baby bump very well, Giuliana Rancic wore Ema Savahl, Winona Ryder was way overdressed in an Alberta Ferretti wedding dress, and Amy Adams looked (white)-washed out in Herve Leroux.

Bright young things: Hollywood's ingenues stood out in bold colours on Sunday. Hailee Steinfeld wore a fun liquorice allsorts-esque Prada dress, Jenna Lawrence went for hot pink De La Renta and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland wore Max Mara.

It was hard to chose my favourite look of the night & I narrowed it down to 2 dresses, coincidently, both were strapless and belted. I loved Claire Danes' black & blue Louis Vuitton with it's petal print which translated into real petal ruffles at the neckline and near the bottom. My only complaint was with the belt, I hated the long black piece hanging down and thought the belt should've been thinner. My winner was Mila Kunis' dreamy silk number by Alexander McQueen resort, perfection!

Worst dressed was without a doubt poor Jane Lynch. More at home in Sue Sylvester's tracksuit, Jane's red carpet looks usually swing from getting it right to getting it oh so wrong. And this lilac monstrosity looks like something her mother whipped up for prom using some old shower curtains back in the 80's. Or in local terms, something one might find in the formalwear section of Truworths...I do'n know who's responsible for this dress & that should say it all; when they don't even ask you about your dress on the E! Red Carpet, you know you've fucked up!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue"

Today was hot, bloody hot. And humid, so humid it almost felt as though you could grab a handful of the air. I know I shouldn't really be complaining, when it comes to stifling heat and humidity Durbanites have it so much worse. But with the heavy air eventually comes one great, crashing mercy; the rain. Summer rain in Cape Town is a rare luxury, but my goodness it's lovely! The anticipation as steely clouds roll ominously across the sky, hot air suddenly blanketed by torrents of water and the smell! The smell of fresh rain on hot tar has got to be one of the best scents, they should bottle that shit; 'Eau de Pluie Fraîche', I'd buy it! I was at the Waterfront when the rain began and had to make a dash for the carpark as the droplets started coming faster. I would've loved to have stood there in the rain for a minute or so, but I'd just got my roots done this morning and didn't want to spoil my blowdry. Instead I started driving home with my window open a crack just so I could breathe in that wonderful smell, but I had to close it again after a big rain globlet socked me right in the eye. I hope it storms tonight, nothing like lying in bed listening to the rain pounding the roof. Hoping for a different kind of storm on Saturday- it's Stormers vs Sharks at Newlands. My lovely friend Philippa offered to get me a ticket today, but I had to decline; The Restaurant thought I'd be better off working...bleakness. Writing this post reminded me of some pics I took one winter whilst bored out of my mind stuck in the mother of all traffic jams on Eastern Boulevard, so I thought I'd put some up.

Through the rain-spattered windscreen

This one I thought was very film noir-esque

The gold flecks kinda remind me of pirate treasure

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Hi! My name is Tarryn, I'm a part-time actress, part-time waitress (that famous cliché!) and full-time lover of clothes, sunshine & sparkly things. This here internet blog is where I'll be posting my musings on the fashion industry, the film/acting industry, life in Cape Town and whatever else I feel like talking/having a rant about. I guess this is what they call 'the first post'. I therefore feel like there is pressure for it to be epic. But will anyone even read this post? Helloooo out there?! Testing...testing... Well they say a picture speaks a 1000 words, so I'll let this little baby do the talking...

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