Milan & Movie Magic & Fashion... and Affleck Disses Canada

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Milan fashion week is on and just hours ago Bottega Venetta presented one of the prettiest fall collections, according to those lucky enough to check out the runway.

 

Despite hitting $1 billion in US sales for the first time last year, the relatively new clothiers did not turn up the volume and begin logo-branding their products (as is the trend) but they remain tasteful and elegant, elevating simplicity to the sublime. Bottega has truly blossomed into a full-fledged fashion house rather than merely a venerable Italian leather atelier that dabbles in fashion, although their woven leather bags & shoes remain one of the most beautiful contributions to fashion...

On the other end of the show-stopping spectrum is Fendi, with their faux-hawks and fox fur. I admittedly have mixed feelings about fur in fashion, but I have to say I love the silly little furbies accompanying this season's bags (see the little character peeking out below). It's so Japanese teenager chic!... And I also LOVE the high-80's Bladerunner hair! If Helen Mirren can rock pink hair at the BAFTA's (Brit Oscars) and George Bush can look fetching sporting spikes, then I say it's time we go mainstream with the Mohawk!...

  

As long as we're talking 80s trends... Yesterday I caught one of the more interesting shows I've seen in the lead-up to the Oscars on E!—it covered fashion trends set by movies. It turns out that 2 looks I can't imagine not seeing regularly, arrived courtesy of 'movie magic': The puffy jacket was first seen in 'Back to the Future' and messy hair for men wasn't really a thing before Footloose's Kevin Bacon. As a teenager, I remember thinking Back to the Future was fun and romantic and Kevin Bacon was sexy... But looking at these movies now, I see fashion in the making. Who woulda thought...

 

 

 

As for more current movie chat, I must comment on tomorrow's Oscars and the likelihood that Affleck will take the Oscar for best picture, but was snubbed for best director. There could be a good reason for this: As a movie it's great, but as an actual depiction of facts, Affleck took license that's more than artistic. Watching a CNN interview 2 days ago with our 39th prez Jimmy Carter I learned that the rescue mission was all about the Canadians, not our CIA. Carter said the movie is 'accurate enough' and he hopes it wins, but Carter gave full credit to Canadian decorated military man Ken Taylor for orchestrating the event.

 

Allegedly, without the Canadian Parliament the mission would never have occurred—Carter said the first ever secret session of the governing body was called in order to issue 6 Canadian passports to the Americans so they could carry-out Taylor's plan. Curious about Affleck's possible transgressions, I did a little research and found protests by Ken Taylor and, just minutes ago, a nice blog entry on the topic from the UK's The Guardian (my overseas fave)... Honestly, I thought Good Will Hunting was fun (albeit totally driven by director Gus van Sant, yes I just mentioned him in my last blog) but I just can't get behind the Damon/Affleck 15-year juggernaut that hasn't let up since they won an OScar for the GWH screenplay. Sadly, I'm not one bit surprised to hear that honesty and integrity aren't exactly driving the over-rated Affleck...

In other Oscar commentary, Daniel D-L & Tommy L J are deserving recipients of the awards they're about to receive. Hathaway and Lawrence are talented actresses, and will also receive the awards, but so it always go that the IT girl of the day receive the accolades... Amour's Emmanuelle Riva, in Lawrence's category, give the truly great performance... I hope you all enjoy the show!

Final thought, thank you to Elle Ronis for resurrecting the great NYC orchid sale: Blooms on Broadway @ Gotham Hall, after being closed for 6 years. If you're in The City go support the 30 vendors  offering the best in flora today and tomorrow. And then give a nod to the Oscars and rent Spike Jonze's Adaptation and see 2 incredibly under-rated performances by Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper and, yes, an orchid is the star...

Roxie Mae

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