Holiday Movies

A few of Lisa Tant's favourite movies this holiday season

I found the perfect holiday gift for every fashion lover last week. Ok, I actually bought it for myself but I know several people on my list would love it too. It’s director Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy, a dvd set of his most spectacular films, including Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, and Strictly Ballroom ($19.99 at Future Shop). I adore each of these films for their slavish detail to fashion. I’ll never forget how exhilarated I was after watching Nicole Kidman as Satine on the Paris rooftops in Moulin Rouge. Baz’s wife and collaborator, Catherine Martin, won an Academy Award for its costume designs.

In addition to watching each of those films again, I’ll be going to lots of movies over the holidays. Many of the year’s major blockbusters and costume dramas are released at this time of the year. Here are a few I’m anticipating in terms of amazing fashion:

Nine, starring many of Hollywood’s most glamourous gals (Nicole Kidman to Penelope Cruz) is already making headlines for its fashion. Chopard, the Swiss fine jewellery and watch company, created a special collaborative collection with Nine‘s Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood. Together, they created pieces for the characters played by Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman. I’m looking forward to seeing the laced-back choker highlighting 20 carats of emerald-cut diamonds worn by Cotillard – a key prop in a strip tease scene.

I’m also excited to see A Single Man, designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut. Star Colin Firth, already getting Oscar buzz for his role, spoke about being secretly pleased that he must have had Ford’s seal of ‘fashion’ approval when he was cast. Expect to see a parade of gorgeously tailored men’s suits à la the Mad Men era. I’m really looking forward to seeing Julianne Moore as his friend and one-time lover, Charley. During the Toronto International Film Festival, Moore wore several pieces from Ford’s hush-hush upcoming womenswear line.

I love costume dramas so Young Victoria is also high on my list. This might be one of those movies where I love the costumes more than the story – the outfits worn by star Emily Blunt were insured for 10,000 pounds each. Regardless, I’m sure the story of Queen Victoria’s first years on the throne will be interesting.

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