Style Crush – Clemence Poesy

Whatever did we do before the days of digital and satellite television? It is hard to believe that even in my lifetime, there were once just three channels that could be watched through terrestrial TV. And with the lack of choice, it is true to say we watched a whole load of rubbish, as well as the, admittedly, classic television we choose to remember. But these days we have choice, fast broadband allows us to watch great programmes before they hit our screens, and play catch-up on those we have missed, and packages that allow us to join our telephone, tv and broadband mean that we never have to miss must-see television like The Tunnel, currently showing on Sky Atlantic, and my current television obsession.

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The Tunnel

Now before anyone shouts it out, I know The Tunnel is a virtually identical remake of The Bridge, with just the countries changed. But I never saw The Bridge, only discovering a love of subtitled programmes this summer, when I became addicted to The Returned. And so, whilst I will definitely be checking out the original sometime in the future, at the moment I’m happy to be enthralled in ‘The Tunnel.’

Clemence Poesy

I think one of the main reasons I’m loving ‘The Tunnel’ is that it’s leading lady is one of my current fave style crushes, the very chic Clemence Poesy. I can’t claim to be a fan since the Harry Potter days as I’m not a fan of those movies, but I loved her in ‘In Bruges’ and thought she was both beautiful and heartbreaking opposite Eddie Redmayne in Birdsong. As Elise Wasserman, she shows wonderful control of character, playing the emotionally challenged Elise as highly intelligent, unable to ever completely switch off, and devoid of most conventions of social niceties. In the words of the legendary Roy Walker, she ‘says what she sees’, and what she thinks, even if it is the totally wrong thing to say.

The-Tunnel-Intro-02-16x9-1In real life, Clemence is the epitome of a chic Frenchwoman, combining all the style and sass of Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, and a whole host of effortless chic women who litter French cinema. Her wardrobe is minimalist in terms of decoration – she chooses elegant separates, often using a scarf as a sole accessory. Shirts are an important part of her look, worn with peg trousers and mannish tailoring, or cute skater skirts for a dash of feminine styling. An attractive addition to fashion week front rows, her style evokes memories of Jane Birkin, Lauren Hutton and Katherine Hepburn, strong characters with even stronger looks.

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Cannes – Final Fashion moments.

The Cannes film festival is at an end, and this year has been more starry than ever. Brad and Angelina, best actress winner Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp, Uma Thurman, Gwen Stefani..the list has been a-list all the way. And the clothes have been amazing – some amazingly bad if truth be told. Here is the final Cannes fashion round-up.

Kirsten Dunst looked wonderful in a mustard yellow dress by Chloe whilst promoting her film ‘Melancholia’, for which she was awarded the Palme D’or. This look was worthy of an award itself, for its total freshness and sunshine quality. I was less impressed with the Rodarte gown worn on the red carpet. The fit was amazing, but it just sort of resembled a 70s lampshade. Her grooming though, was immaculate.

Milla Jovovich looked like she was channelling the spirit of Garbo and Hepburn in this 1930s looking dress by  Prada.Retro bangs completed one of my favourite looks this season. She continued the retro vibe in slinky Versace at the AMFAR benefit.

Socialite Tamara Beckwith failed to impress in the sort of dress that usually turns up in ‘Come Dancing’. Cut to the naval and really cheap looking,with a sloppy ponytail – this said ‘fail’ on all counts.

Naomi Campbell had some varied fashion moments at Cannes this year. But she looked truly beautiful in this burgundy tiered dress by Azzedine Alaia which looked beautifully elegant. Less successful was the Country and Western inspired Givenchy dress which is just missing the Stetson.

Pregnant women desperate for sex puts on some saucy undies, maybe to induce labour. That is the only description I could give to Charlotte Gainsbourgs outfit. Brave, but ultimately uncomfortable viewing – and I’ve had a child!

Classic black dresses can are a red carpet staple, and I loved the one worn by Clemence Poesy from Chanel, and was also surprised by a groomed and glamorous Mischa Barton, frankly looking better than she has looked for a long time.

There was a tale of two rock queens. Gwen Stefani looked groomed and gorgeous in one of her own LAMB designs, whilst Courtney Love looked a half undressed, dishevelled mess on the red carpet.

I loved Uma Thurman in dove grey Chanel with romantic  roses around the neckline, but I wish she hadn’t worn the flat sandals – I think they jarred with such an exquisite dress.

Was Dasha Zhukova wearing Princess Beatrice’s hat by any chance?

Love the ethereal princess feel of Zhang Ziyi in this beautiful gown at the Elle and Dior party.Top marks to in posing on a colour coordinating staircase.

But am totally surprised by the normally sartorially wonderful Claudia Schiffer looking so cheap in dodgy Dolce and Gabbana. Leave this look to Rihanna, Claudia.