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Lush Budget(t)!   Leave a comment

Ho hum, just another night in Second Life ….

A bit of diversion, for those who wonder where I get my taste for huge ballgown fashion, such as practiced by Sascha Frangilli (as above). Attend, therefore, to this film clip, from Shirley MacLaine’s What a Way to Go!:

(Laughing)

The movie, if you’ve never seen it, is about a woman who turns down the local wealthy boy in her town to marry a dirt farmer and part-time storekeeper. He starts spending all his time at the store, and builds it into a department-store empire, leaving her alone at home; but then he keels over at the office, leaving Louisa May (Shirley) a wealthy widow. She then falls in love with a down-at-the-heels ex-pat artist in Paris. He hits it big, spends all his time in his studio, and gets killed by the painting machines he builds, leaving Louisa with another five or ten million.

Louisa can’t help it; she falls in love again — but this time, with a man who’s a multi-millionaire in his own right (played by Robert Mitchum). She figures she’s safe with him; she can’t jinx him, because he’s already richer than she is. “Our life was like one of those glamorous Hollywood films, where it’s all about love and ‘what will she wear next?’” she says. Cue the above dream sequence (grin).

All Shirley’s costumes were done by Edith Head, and she really let herself loose on this one film … and got one of her many Oscar nominations for it. And I remember seeing this when I was a girl, on one of the old NBC movie shows back when. It’s stuck with me ever since, probably my favorite part of the movie … well, other than when the multi-millionaire returns to the farm of his youth, goes to milk the cow, and didn’t look to see whose undercarriage he was reaching for. (In other words, he got hold of the bull. The bull was … not amused.)

Moonlight   2 comments

There’s some interesting things at the current events and the Fantasy Faire, but I decided to dip into my back Inventory, and stumbled across this dress. Conan was kind enough to serve as mon bel amour for a shot (well, he does live in Québec), and here we are.

Moonlight becomes you
It goes with your hair
You certainly know
The right thing to wear

Moonlight becomes you
And I’m thrilled at the sight
And we could get
So romantic tonight

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On Fantasy   Leave a comment

Though I’m not much of a Game of Thrones fan — I bogged down in the first book at page 25, and I don’t get HBO — I do enjoy some parts of it. (My favorites are Daenerys and Tyrion.) And I can appreciate the work and artistry in the goodies available at the Ice and Fire event, going on for one more week.

The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

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OFPC 2018 Update 1 — Winona Ryder

I’m taking a pause in Oscar Fashion Photo Contest work to check out the bar at the Rose Theatre.  Lots of wood and chandeliers, nice atmosphere, and plenty of beer.  Stop in sometime and have a glass.

While I’m refreshing myself, here’s a quick update on the OFPC.  As of today, we officially have enough in this year’s group pool to make a full contest — eight Residents are in with photos.  But there’s still plenty of room for more, and just over a month for the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest to run, so you should get your glam on and start shooting photos.  Remember, you can submit as many times as you like, but only the most recent one will be considered in the judging, or the one you designate in the end.  Read the full rules, and ask questions if you’re uncertain!  And, of course, submit your contest entry photo to the OFPC group on Flickr.

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This year’s featured red carpet actress was a name to conjure with in the 1990s; then a combination of a career slump, personal difficulties and a conviction for shoplifting almost derailed her.  The woman is back, though, strong as ever, with her own show on Netflix, and still catching attention on the red carpet when she appears.

Let’s take a look at Winona Laura Horowitz — better known as Winona Ryder.

Born in Winona, Minnesota, Ryder began auditioning around 1985, did her first film (Lucas) in 1986, and broke out in 1988 — before she had graduated high school — with three films:  Beetlejuice, 1969 and Heathers.  The last film became one of Ryder’s signature films, the black comedy of “teenage angst with a body count” placing her in a generation’s mind. She appeared at the 1989 Academy Awards in a black velvet midi, on the arm of her Heathers co-star, Christian Slater.

Black seems to be Winona’s signature color; she’s worn it more often to the red carpet than any other color in my memory.  For instance, in 1990, Ryder came to the Oscars in this lovely strapless sheath, accented only with a bracelet and earrings ….

… and appeared in 1997 in this frock, which is actually my least favorite of what I’ve seen her in.  (This also illustrates Ryder’s taste for vintage.)

In the same year, though, Winona showed she could also rock color, at the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award for Martin Scorsese.  This is one of my favorites ….

… as is this look from 1994 (which is, I believe, at an after-party).

Finally, come forward to the 2017 Golden Globes, with Ryder the adult star of Stranger Things.  The old standby black once more — but Winona Ryder makes it shine.

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Next update in two weeks or so, then our own appearance after that.  Get shooting, folks!  And, to help you along, here’s some inspiration:  a 2017 Harper’s Bazaar slideshow of the great Oscar looks of all time to their date.

Christmas Eve Special: Crosby and Bublé — Together Again For the First Time!

While checking around for goodies on YouTube, I ran across this piece done by Michael Bublé on the Global Network in his native Canada.  Enjoy a special video, everyone.

I Am a Jem Girl!

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Me and my friends are Jem girls
Jem, Jem is my name
Exciting adventure
Fashion and fame
Once you’re a Jem girl
You’re never the same

C’mon, c’mon and be a Jem girl
Jem, Jem is my name

Jem Opening Theme (variant 1), lyrics by Barry Harman

Come on and be a Jem girl with me

OFPC Extra — 2017 Vanity Fair Cover

Photo by Annie Leibowitz; copyright 2017 Annie Leibowitz and Vanity Fair magazine.

Photo by Annie Leibowitz; copyright 2017 Annie Leibowitz and Vanity Fair magazine.

Appearing together (L-R):  Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Neggia, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Janelle Monáe.

See the 2017 Hollywood Portfolio at Vanity Fair magazine, online or on your newsstand.

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