Hot young designer Nicholas Kirkwood has won the hearts, or should we say soles, of celebrities like Beyoncé, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Jessica Parker. His extravagant, often over-the-top shoes have walked red carpets — via the feet of stars like Michelle Williams — all over the world. So we headed over to the London Show Rooms in LA where Nicholas himself gave us an inside look at his Midnight in Paris-inspired Fall 2012 collection. Drawing inspiration from design legends like Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, his shoes for next season are decadent, rich, and filled with texture. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more from Nicholas Kirkwood, a force to be reckoned with in the luxury shoe world!
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In Woody Allen's Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson plays Gil, a successful screenwriter torn between the past and present. About to marry Inez (played by Rachel McAdams), Gil rethinks his engagement when he's given the opportunity to visit the romanticized Paris of the 1920s. There, he encounters the lovely Adriana (Marion Cotillard) as well as all of the decade's famous artists (Hemingway, Picasso, Stein, Baker, etc.). While switching back and forth from the 1920s to present-day, Gil also meets a museum guide at Musée Rodin (Carla Bruni) and a beautiful antiques dealer (Léa Seydoux) that both share his love and nostalgia for a bygone era.
Costume design and shrewd attention to detail help Allen to create a film seamlessly split between two eras.
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In the Present: Inez
In Midnight in Paris, Rachel McAdams plays Inez, a spoiled American who claims to hate everything about French culture even though she clearly borrows her style from the French classics. (And wears Isabel Marant.) Click through to shop the look:
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Woody Allen has won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Midnight in Paris! He beat out Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, and Asghar Farhadi for A Separation. Do you agree with this win?
Did you get lost in Woody Allen's latest film, Midnight in Paris? Did you find yourself wanting to go back in time with Owen Wilson and experience the Golden Age that was Paris in the '20s? Well, for now at least, you can create your own Parisian Golden Age Oscars party in the comfort of your living room. Dim the lights and light a bunch of candles to cast a romantic energy throughout the room, and play Cole Porter tunes in the background. Serve Champagne in old-fashioned glasses or drink Hemingway's cocktail, Death in the Afternoon. Munch on French-inspired bites throughout the evening and demand that everyone speak in French accents for the entire party.
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If you're planning on throwing an Oscar viewing party for Hollywood's big night on Feb. 26, then I suggest that you go big this year and give your event a theme. Take a cue from the nominees and let best picture nominee Midnight in Paris give you inspiration. It has plenty of elements that translate into an opulent party: Paris, the 1920s, and many of its own scenes of revelry. Here's how to use the Woody Allen film as your party muse, and don't forget to fill out a ballot with your Oscar picks for a chance to win an iPad.
- How to decorate: Scatter vintage books by the authors featured in the film, like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T.S. Eliot, and decorate with mini French flags and twinkle lights. Stand a cardboard cutout of the Eiffel Tower near the entrance of the party.
- How to dress: The dress code can be either 1920s French (think flapper and drop-waist dresses), or you can just wear your regular clothes like Owen Wilson's character Gil, but you have to continually act surprised and impressed by your surroundings.
- What to serve: A rainbow of French macarons, a cheese plate, baguettes, and fancy crepes. Serve champagne in '20s-style glasses like the ones used in the film (though these are disposable).
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This year's Golden Globe for best screenplay is going to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris! His screenplay beat out that of Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Descendants, and Bridesmaids. Do you agree with this win?
Woody Allen directed this magical film about a starry-eyed writer (Owen Wilson) visiting Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams). When he discovers a way to experience the dreamy Paris of the 1920s and its icons, he questions his happiness in the present day. This romantic movie is a delightful confection that will make you fall for Paris, Wilson, and director Allen (and it's been racking up award season nominations). The DVD includes a featurette about a press conference for the film at the Cannes Film Festival.
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play estranged brothers, one a former soldier and the other a family man hurting for money, in this drama about mixed martial arts. When the brothers end up in the same MMA tournament competing for a cash prize, they are forced to face each other inside the ring, along with their family problems outside of it. The movie has a satisfying emotional punch and a knockout performance from Nick Nolte as the men's father. The extras on the DVDs include deleted scenes, two commentary tracks, and a few making-of featurettes.
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This weekend is going long thanks to the Fourth of July, and it's the perfect opportunity to relax, set off fireworks, and if you're like me, go see a movie. But with the offerings at the theater right now, you might want a little help picking something to watch, especially when there are friends or family members to please as well. Check out my movie guide to choose the right flick for you and yours.
If you've seen the visually pleasing trailer for Midnight in Paris, I imagine you're craving a visit. In the preview, we hear Rachel McAdams's character tell her fiancé, Gil, played by Owen Wilson, that he's in love with a fantasy — a fantasy version of Paris to be exact.
I caught a screening of Woody Allen's latest, out today, and in it we find out Gil is a very nostalgic guy, who wishes he could live back in the bohemian Paris of the 1920s. He says he was born too late, and would much rather have lived in the French capital when it was the cultural epicenter of the world, a place that attracted interesting people from all over. Meanwhile, his fiancée is very content enjoying the modern pleasures of Paris, like shopping!
Have you ever felt like you belonged in a different era? Maybe Mad Men has you wishing you lived through the glamorous 1960s and exciting cultural revolution. Or, perhaps on a trip to Florence, you dreamed about living during the Renaissance. Let us know in the comments!