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Forever Chic Style - Fashion Trends of 2012

Forever Chic Style aptly names 2012  "The Year of the Lady"  in fashion.  Apparel was simple, classic yet approachable, fun and stylish, while gracing magazines, social media and the lavish Hollywood award television shows.  Here are the hot picks for 2012:


I. The Scintillating Sheath Dress:  The sheath frock enhanced the figures of many from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, First Lady Michelle Obama, to talk show hosts and Hollywood celebrities in 2012.  This simple dress combined with red lips, pumps, nylons - yes - nylons, and pearls evokes fashion icon's of the past.  Namely, Audrey Hepburn, so refined, so simple and so completely unforgettable.

II. The Ladylike Suiting Phenomenon:  The suit is authoritative, feminine and key ingredients in a woman's closet.  The suit can be worn together or separately.  Again, glorious Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge stole the show draped in eye beholding suiting all year long.  The perfect solution to appearing formidable while remaining approachable.  Or maybe it is the smile!

III.  Scarves, Scarves and More Scarves:  The perfect accessory draped the necks of women this year.  This special jewel came in  all types of materials, from cashmere to silk, adding drama to the face and completing an ensemble.  Whether the scarf is wrapped on for warmth, or as decoration, one thing is certain - the scarf is the one way to add vivid hues to an outfit transforming a moth like wardrobe into a stunning butterfly!

IV. Say Yes to the Jean Ensemble:  Finally, sweats are gone, stored away or being worn just for working out.  During this holiday season, women out shopping were wearing skinny dark denim jeans, with turtlenecks, overcoats and knee high boots with accessories.  The result was polished, carefree and statement making.  

V. Soft and Warm Cashmere Sweaters:  Cashmere sweaters in bright hues with blouses underneath charmingly added warmth and visual sunshine on cold dreary days.  The sweaters came in all forms from cardigans, feminine twinset, long warm sweaters to the sumptuous robe.  Encased in a cashmere sweater is definitely a luxe treat that this here to stay.

VI.  Bold Red Lips and Long Long Lashes:  Lipstick made a comeback in shades of reds, deep wines and luscious pinks.  The Emmy's and Oscars from 2012 began with Angelina Jolie cementing this captivating look.  Complementing the darkly toned lips are long defining lashes from false lashes to gel enhanced.  Bottom line - Makeup is a must and what fun makeup can be for one and all.

VII.  Ready for the Heat - Ray-Ban Sunglasses: From jet setters, celebrities to beach goers, Ray-Ban's were planted firmly on the face from the young to old.   High-tech performance and retro style, in silver or gold were and are stylishly timeless.  Grab a pair and be hip for 2013.

VIII.  Figure Forming One-Piece Swimsuit:  2012 was all about the one-piece swimsuit.  This number is figure slimming and mysteriously sexy on every woman no matter the shape or size.  Slip into a black beauty, add a sunhat, cover-up and embellished flats for a show stopping effect. Never has the one-piece swimsuit beat out the bikini as it did in 2012. 

IX.   Make a Statement - iPhone Covers:  The technical accessory of the year was the iPhone skins attached to the infamous and worldwide useful tool - the iPhone.  iPhone covers from Kate Spade, Chanel, Michael Kors and other designers handsomely showcased a person's creativity and style with a fashionable skin.  Remember to use the cell phone judiciously.  Put it away during meals with friends or out on the town.  After all, isn't it nice to be less connected when spending time with friends and loved ones?

X.  Be a Leopard - Leopard Print Everywhere: Leopard spots remain a staple in a closet. From coats, dresses, tops, pants to shoes - the leopard print signifies elegance and fun. Always combine with other colors and never be wear leopard from head to toe.
    

    Forever Chic Style Role Model 2012:  Style, grace, manners and charm all wrapped in one - Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.

    Forever Chic Style Celebrity Fashionista 2012:  Angelina Jolie was eye catching at the Emmys and Oscars.    One word - unforgettable.


     

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”   Coco Chanel

 
Happy New Year!
Looking forward Forever Chic Style in 2013! 

Les Miserables (2012): Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Les Miserables (The Miserable, The Wretched) opens vividly and grandly, in the year of 1815, in France, with Hugh Jackman, Jean Valjean, a gaunt and emancipated prisoner straining on ropes in violent water with several dozen men singing together on a massive prison ship.  The camera shifts upwards to the impressive Russell Crowe, Inspector Javert, and ultimately Valjean's law enforcer.  The set is expansive, filled with named actors promising to be an explosive drama for fans of the novel and Broadway play, Les Miserables. Yet, somehow the strained singsong by these famed thespians does not capture the gut wrenching emotion that audiences have come to know. 

Les Miserables is a beloved story, by Victor Hugo, which follows the lives and interactions of several characters, primarily focusing on the life of Jean Valjean.  The novel is about love, law, redemption's and revolution in the 19th- century France.

The one shining onscreen moment is Anne Hathaway, playing Fantine, as the seamstress unfortunately and sadly turned prostitute.  Hathaway's brilliant performance is captured through her eyes and voice as she belts out "I Dreamed a Dream".  Amanda Seyfried, Cosette, along with Eddie Redmayne, Marius, are charmingly young and in love. The comic relief and perhaps the best part of the movie, are Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter playing Madame and Monsiuer Thenardier.  The rendition of "Master of the House" is pure delight.   Jackman is outstanding as Valjean and Crowe is physically imposing as Javert. 

The sets are breathtaking, the visual emoting skills from the actors pitch perfect, content eerily familiar, but alas the crooning by the silver screens stars was fragile.  Conversely, when the supporting professionally trained singing cast erupted into song the film brightened and was engaging.  The director missed the mark by hiring dramatic actors with raspy voices rather than celebrated musical stage actors.  Thus, Les Miserables falls flat with this combination and seems a bit too long.  After all, it is the glorious melodies on Broadway that captured the hearts, minds and souls bringing the audiences to their feet with standing ovations.  Moral of the story - there is a reason successful singing stage actors rarely make it on the big screen and vice versa.  After all is said and done, if a fan of Les Miserables, even with the inferior warbling, one will still want to see this epic on the big screen.




Merry Christmas 2012

 
 
Christmas time is here.....

The Christmas tree is lit, presents unwrapped, cocoa in hand with warmth all around. 

Wishing everyone a very fashionable and Forever Chic Style - Merry Christmas with family and friends!

A little Holiday fashion.....and a quote from THE fashion icon - Audrey Hepburn! 

 
 
 
 

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver

The Perfect Movie Recipe
Mix an incredible script with the following ingredients:  bipolar disorder, mandatory pills, the perfect ensemble cast, recently released man from a mental institution, dysfunctional intense woman, football, running, obsessive compulsive disorder father, dancing with the stars and love.  Shake it all up and presto - a serious, yet witty, hilarious, laugh out loud and warm hearted film to be seen over and over again.

Bradley Cooper, Pat Solitano, after spending time in a mental institution, returns home to live with his parents,  Robert De Niro, Pat Sr., and Jacki Weaver, Dolores.  The movie opens with Pat leaving the mental institution on a mission to get back together with his estranged ex-wife.   His parents are rather concerned about this dilemma.  Pat Sr., loves football, Pat Jr. loves to run and finds himself purposely jogging into an old friend connected to his estranged wife.  His friends wife, Julia Stiles, Veronica, is an over the top control freak who has a sister played by Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany.  Tiffany is a high strung and intense woman who strikes a bargain with the crazed and obsessed Pat.  Chris Tucker, Danny, a friend from the mental institution, is flat out hysterical.  The combination of the football, running, dancing, and endless drama leaves the audience wondering is everyone a bit loony?  And, isn't this what makes life interesting when mixed with family, friends and love?

The cast is brilliant, script top notch and overall one of the best movies of the year.   The emotional tugs, thought provoking ties and laughter make this the holiday movie to see!

Happy Holidays! 

Lincoln (2012): Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field

Lincoln is a masterpiece film about President Abraham Lincoln's final months of presidency during the second term.  The year is January 1865, and the war rages on between the Confederate Army,  comprised of 11 southern slave states, and the Northern Union states. 

Plus - Movie Created Need to Refresh Memory of the Civil War: Civil War Background - not explained in the film- sets the stage for understanding Lincoln's primary objectives.   The 11 southern states mission was to separate from the United States and become the Confederate States of America.  Thus, ensued an ugly war between cousin versus cousin and brother versus brother killing 600K by 1865. Think of Gone with the Wind, the novel and the infamous movie.   Lincoln in the second term of his Presidency must end the war.  The creation of the 13th Amendment was to end slavery.   The passage of the 13th Amendment was paramount in ending the horrors of bondage and keeping the United States united.  If Lincoln, ended the war, without the signage of the 13th Amendment, slavery would remain intact as the southern states would continue to oppose ending slavery.  Lincoln, a savvy politician, knew how to work within the Republican party, with the Democratic party and with those in both parties opposing the passage of this crucial amendment.  Upon ending the war, after the signing of the 13 Amendment, the slaves were free, the southern states were not punished and the United States was united as one.

The movie, Lincoln, was a reflection of how this one man changed the course of history.  Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln, was brilliant at capturing the essence of Lincoln from the physical appearance and powerful presence, to capturing the tone of his voice (scholars recorded Lincoln's voice style) to how eloquently and thoughtfully he motivated and persuaded others to do his will.   Lincoln exhibited grace and a mastery in communication skills both written and verbal.   The performance was showstopping unforgettable.  Frankly, Lewis, stole the show from start to finish.  The remaining members of the cast were a bit blah and rather comical.  Unfortunately, the script for these secondary characters was weak. 

Saw this movie several weeks ago.   Today, December 23, 2012, the lasting impression of the film was Lewis's portrayal of Lincoln.   A true leader and one that is remembered and continues to this day to be admired and revered.    Lewis is Oscar bound for this stunning and mind blowing performance.   A one man play for Broadway should be in the works!

January 13, 2013:  Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor Action Motion Picture Drama at the 70th Golden Globes award show.