Friday, 21 September 2012

Culture and Cocktails

I admire Juliette Binoche for her unique career path, only following whatever is close to her heart. I first watched her in the Unbearable Lightness of Being, a film adaptation of a novel with the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. 

Juliette Binoche in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

So when the Barbican announced she was going to play Mademoiselle Julie, a modern-day production of Strindberg's 19th-century classic directed by Frederic Fishbach, I couldn't miss the chance to see her performing live, particularly when she was dressed by Lanvin!

Juliette Binoche in Madamoiselle Julie

She looks dazzling in a golden dress designed by Alber Elbaz and her acting is fearless, there is no holding back. She gives herself totally without restriction engaging us with her magnetizing presence. The play is disturbing, women have come a long way and there are too many labels, to hear about victims and villains yet again is uninspiring but it follows the book. 

Sonata lingerie

The play was in stark contrast with the attitude of carefree sexual enjoyment expressed by the models at Cuckoo club, where I was invited to a lingerie catwalk show. They were wearing beautiful lace bodies by sonata and overall it was a great evening of dance and cocktails.

Also showing in London at the moment is a documentary about Diana Vreeland - the Eye has to Travel - a visionary and truly inspiring woman who has revamped not only the world of fashion magazines but also the way of exhibiting clothes in galleries. 

"The only real elegance is in the mind. If you've got that, the rest really comes from it." Diana Vreeland 

The film is a fascinating account of an extraordinary woman, to whom style was an inborn talent. She was always a step ahead and able to see through people, spotting their inner qualities even before themselves. Her thirst for life and creative magic touch stand out on screen instilling in us a vibrant positive energy.

Diana Vreeland

Other related blog posts:
Homage to Diana Vreeland, a Fashion Icon
Fashion Designers on Film
Oscars Dresses

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