December 18, 2009 |
"The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt as the 18-year-old queen of England circa 1837, is such a rich pastiche of first love, teen empowerment, fabulous fashion and fate that you almost wish a few brooding vampires had been thrown in for good measure, since that's the crowd that should fall head over heels for this movie. Which isn't to suggest that "Young Victoria" is sophomoric. It is anything but. What filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has done in this delicious historical romance is capture that hot blush of pure emotion that comes before kisses, sex, heartbreak and the rest can dilute it. Vallée understands the power in the promise of things to come, and though kings and queens might abuse the power, the director uses it wisely.
December 13, 2009 |
Sarah Ferguson, Britain's famous flame-haired divorcée, is haunted by old loves. "I didn't fight for my own heart in my marriage" she says, looking slender and chic in a black dress and Christian Louboutin high heels during a recent visit to Los Angeles. She is referring to, of course, her tumultuous, high-profile relationship with Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II. Her candid confession may explain why she was attracted to the royal romance at the center of "The Young Victoria," the period costume drama she produced with Graham King and Martin Scorsese.
April 22, 1990 |
One of the most fascinating places in England will open its gates for three days in May, then lock them again for another year. Behind those gates is a strange mixture of history, art and mortality. The Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore, Queen Victoria's shrine to Prince Albert and her own burial place, is open to the public only on the first Wednesday and Thursday in May and on the Wednesday closest to May 24, Victoria's birthday.
December 17, 2009 |
The diamond ring on Emily Blunt's finger is so blinding, it appears she might have ransacked the Crown Jewels during her recent stint playing the teenage queen of England in her new movie "The Young Victoria." Wearing a skin-tight, black Roland Mouret mini-dress, long hair loose around her shoulders, Blunt, 26, described by her colleagues as "warm, friendly, funny and down-to-earth" enters the lounge of the Four Seasons Hotel looking cool and glamorous, more '60s Mod than 19th century empress.
August 29, 2010 |
Twenty-eight years after her death, and more than 50 years after first wowing audiences on the big screen, Grace Kelly, the statuesque blonde with the impossibly small waist and flawless face, continues to inspire designers and admirers alike. Few celebrities will ever live the sort of life enjoyed by Kelly, who was born in Philadelphia, started her career in the '40s as a New York model, came to Hollywood prominence in the '50s and later became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco.
March 23, 2003 |
A major exhibit on the popular Art Deco movement, which influenced design as diverse as architecture and jewelry in the last century, opens Thursday at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. More than 300 paintings and works of sculpture, furniture, textiles, fashion, film and more, from New York to Shanghai, will be part of "Art Deco: 1910-1939." Artists and designers include Rene Lalique, Fernand Leger, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and Coco Chanel.