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 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.
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.
March 15, 2009 |
A wonder of 17th century Japanese craftsmanship, the black and gold lacquer trunk known as the Mazarin Chest is an export product. That's not exactly a compliment in the world of high art. In this case, a European-style chest made in Japan for a foreign market is adorned with scenes from Japanese literature, but a tradition of decorative restraint is subsumed by a European appetite for ornamental excess. Nearly every available space is filled with intricate patterns and narrative imagery.
July 16, 2003
Thanks for the piece on Napa Rose ("A Wine Adventureland," July 9). One of my most memorable meals was consumed over 2 1/2 hours at Victoria and Albert's, crown jewel of Disney World dining experiences at the Grand Floridian Hotel. No mouse-shaped butter, but attentive service and a sumptuous meal, paired with exquisite wine selections. I was completely won over. Dorothy Duder North Hollywood
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.