Women of the Year 2014

Malala Yousafzai

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It would be impossible to have a list of the Women of The Year without including this phenomenal young lady. As the survivor of an assassination attempt and, at just 17 years old, the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala continues to inspire women across the world with her campaign for human rights, particularly with regards to access to education for women and children in Pakistan and other countries. This is one woman who could truly change the world.

Sophie Hannah

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Sophie Hannah’s books have been popular with crime and fiction fans for a long time, but it is her 2014 offering that has earned Ms Hannah a place on this year’s Women of The Year list. The Monogram Murders is the newest Hercule Poirot mystery – now, we know that it’s damn near impossible to fill Agatha Christie’s shoes, but we can’t think of anyone better to take a shot at it than Sophie Hannah.

Gillian Anderson

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2014 was truly a great year for Gillian Anderson. Not only did her performance in the second series of The Fall get great reviews, she also had an award-winning run as Blanche DuBois in the National Theatre’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire. And as if that wasn’t enough for Anderson to be getting on with, in October of this year she published her first novel, A Vision of Fire, which quickly became a New York Times Bestseller.

Jess Glynne

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On Clean Bandit’s absolute banger of a tune, ‘Rather Be’, Jesse Glynne’s voice was all over the radio this year. But rather than fade away like so many featured vocalists, Glynne released her own solo material off the back off the success of ‘Rather Be’; with her husky, soulful voice reminiscent of (and dare I say it, much more interesting than) Adele, the 90’s dance vibe of ‘Right Here’ has hopefully set Jess up for a solid music career.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Sure, we included Lupita on last year’s list but that was before she won her Oscar, so she’s earned her place on this year’s list too! Not content to impress us with her powerful performance in 12 Years A Slave, Lupita’s classy and earnest acceptance speech at the Oscars earned her a place in our hearts. We can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson

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If you haven’t been watching Broad City, the Comedy Central sitcom about two twenty-something women in New York, you’re missing out. This weird and hilarious show centres around Ilana and Abbi’s fictionalised versions of themselves, struggling to make ends meet and always managing to get into weird situations. It’s bold, cool and most importantly, totally hilarious – I can’t wait for series two!

Jennifer Kent

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The Babadook was easily one of the best films of the year – utterly terrifying without relying on grisly shock-gore or worn out cliches, the sense of claustrophobic terror created instead by tricks of the light and clever sound editing. The character from the film, Mister Babadook, was so scary and popular that Kent is publishing the pop-up book from the film in 2015. Just try and stop me from buying it, I dare you, I DARE YOU

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Men of the Year 2014

David Oyelowo

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You may or may not recognise the name, but you will sure as hell recognise the man. Mr Oyelowo has been in some of the biggest films of the last five years – The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Lincoln to name just three – and this year was no different. With roles in Interstellar and A Most Violent Year, David’s career seems to be getting bigger and better, culminating in a brilliant performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in the highly recommended Selma. As our very own Sarah put it, he’s come a long way since Spooks.

Chris Pratt

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Whether he’s Fat Pratt or Six Pack Pratt, we’re smitten with the Parks and Recreation star – his turn as Star-Lord in Guardians Of The Galaxy has seen him go from (please excuse this next word) cuddly, cute comedy actor to bonafide box-office banger. And before you say it, no it’s not *just* his looks that have us hooked – Pratt’s hilarious performance as Emmet in The Lego Movie appealed to viewers of all ages and his voice was perfect for the earnest and enthusiastic hero. And good lord was it difficult to make a decision on which picture of him to use for this post. I spent HOURS researching…

John Boyega

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Since the end of November, there’s only one film anyone has been talking about, and it doesn’t even come out for another year – Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. The trailer opens with a young man popping up on screen looking panicked and exhausted – that’s our John Boy(ega)! With a lead role in arguably the most hotly anticipated film of next year, we’re so impressed that the star of Attack The Block and Half of A Yellow Sun has seen so much success so early on in his career – and he’s still only 22 years old!

John Oliver

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When Jon Stewart took a break from hosting The Daily Show this summer to direct his film Rosewater, he could have picked any of the show’s correspondents to stand in for him, and he chose the only British one. John Oliver did a fantastic job of hosting the show; he was already hugely popular with the audience, you could tell this from the rapturous applause he received whenever he hosted a segment. His brand of super-sarcastic, verbose humour was wasted on the absolutely dire Mock The Week, and he’s much better suited and appreciated in his role as a correspondent on a fake news show. Sure, he looks like a Jim Henson muppet come to life, but he actually did such a good job that he was given his own show on HBO, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which is similar to The Daily Show but with even more sarcasm and a British accent – what more could you want? And speaking of The Daily Show alumni…

Stephen Colbert

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This year, Stephen Colbert was announced as David Letterman’s replacement for when the talk-show king steps down in 2015. While the DTSFT ladies agree that it would be nice to see someone other than a white, middle-aged man hosting a late-night chat show, we’re still pretty pleased with the choice that’s been made. Stephen has come a long way since his days as a correspondent on The Daily Show, landing his own show in 2005, The Colbert Report, which sadly came to an end in December with a final episode packed full of callbacks to earlier episodes and a sing-along with his favourite recurring characters and guests. It’s going to be weird to see him hosting as himself rather than the conservative character (also named Stephen Colbert) that he has played for so long, but we’re definitely excited to see what he has to offer.

 Kailash Satyarthi

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Along with Malala Yousafzai, Kailash was the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize for his tireless campaigning for children’s rights. The access to education, which we in the Western world take for granted, has been a focus point for Mr Satyarthi, and his Nobel Prize was well-deserved.

Peter Capaldi

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Here at DTSFT, we were delighted with the casting of Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor, as he made a nice change from the potato-faced Matt Smith. His turn as Mr Curry in Paddington also brought him to the attention of a new and younger audience, who will hopefully be tuning in to be utterly terrified by Doctor Who.  Mwuhahahaha!

Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie

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Yeah I’m lumping them all in together because otherwise this post will go on forever – it’s the Captain America: The Winter Soldier gang! With Hannah’s insatiable lust for Sebastian Stan, there was no way the DTSFT ladies were going to leave this trio off the Men of The Year list. While we’ll have to wait for Captain America: Civil War to see the boys back onscreen together, you could check out ‘Playing It Cool’ for a cheeky helping of Evans and Mackie. We’re especially proud of Evans for his directorial debut, Before We Go, as well as his role in the dark action thriller, Snowpiercer – give it a UK release date, god DAMMIT!

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick made waves last year with his role as Jackie Robinson in the magnificent 42, and it looks like the next few years are going to be no different for this versatile actor. After portraying soul legend James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, Boseman is set to star as the Marvel character Black Panther in not one but TWO upcoming Marvel movies – Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. Chadwick, you complete and utter BANGER.

Jack O’Connell

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Unlike some actors who seem to love the limelight more than the craft, Jack O’Connell is a young actor who has worked hard at his talent and is finally starting to get some recognition. After making his name with a role in Skins and films like Private Peaceful and Harry Brown, this intense young actor’s star has continued to rise and this year saw him in three of the most talked about films – ’71, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken. From interviews I’ve watched, he doesn’t seem all too comfortable on the chat-show circuit, which I think makes for a better actor – the less we know about him, the more believable he’ll be in his roles.

Puttin’ on the Glitz: Fashion & Film in the Jazz Age

At the end of March I attended an event at the British Library hosted by Amber Butchart and (Lord) Chris Laverty. I covered this event for Joe Kucharski over at Tyranny of Style and I’m posting the link here in case you haven’t seen it!

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The event was great and it’s worth thanking everyone all over again. And, contractually*, I have to say how charming and handsome Chris is. Amber was perfection and wears a turban like nobody’s business.

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out the rest of Tyranny of Style.

S x

*not really.

Happy Nolan Day!

I think I’ve found my favourite Nolan Ross look of the series.

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Look at this jacket. Look at it. Red candy stripes. It’s bright, bold, daring and super stylish, just like its wearer. Although it did make me question how he came to be bringing in that trolley dressed like that (maybe he was supposed to be a delivery guy?) but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief. It’s an awesome jacket.

I also thought that his second outfit was a very daring choice. It’s a classic example of how clashing colours and patterns can work together.

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The blue trousers are striking but doesn’t completely overpower the pattern on the shirt. It’s a risky choice but I think it works. It’s so nice seeing him wear crazy clothes again!

‘Hatred’ airs on Monday 31st March at 9pm on E4.

P.S. And of course I could not forget this…!

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Hannah

Style Icon: Chris Pine

I watched Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit the other day and really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen any other Jack Ryan films, despite having wanted to, but feel that I should definitely check them out now. Thinking about Jill Taylor’s brilliant costume design for the film I started thinking about Chris Pine’s suits for public events. I haven’t included any that have been previously posted on the blog so check out the Star Trek into Darkness Roundup for more greats.

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In one of Pine’s most recent red carpet outings we have another example of a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit for the premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in Los Angeles. It is a very back to basics suit but it’s a perfect cut with simple styling – just a crisp white pocket square. This is smooth and sleek with no frills.

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Back at CinemaCon in 2013 Pine wore this Z Zegna suit for the Star Trek into Darkness Presentation. The event isn’t particularly high profile and so a premiere type of suit is perfect – with Pine pulling the big guns out for the CinemaCon awards. Just like with the Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit it is a simply cut suit with the focus this time finding itself at his shoes.

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Back in 2012 Pine wore another Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit for the London Premiere of The Rise of the Guardians. This time the styling hit a whole new level. Starting from the top down we’ve got a severely cutaway shirt collar (unusual and an interesting old-fashioned look), the light purple shirt with white collar, a purple paisley patterned tie (with a Windsor knot maybe not quite big enough to justify the severity of the cutaway collar…), then there’s the brown checked tweed suit, a purple polka dot pocket square and tan shoes. There is so much going on here but somehow it works. Sure aspects could be toned down a bit – the tie and a subtler collared shirt maybe? But Pine pulls it off and you have to applaud daring.

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For the London premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Pine opted for another Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit. I love this. The herringbone tweed cloth of the suit is perfect and so is the cut. No tie but we have another pocket square with a more obvious two point fold (yes, I looked that up). my favourite thing about this suit is the interesting slanted welt pockets on the jacket. So often jacket pockets are uniform that it’s nice to notice a difference.

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Here we have Pine wearing a Louis Vuitton suit at the CinemaCon Awards in 2013. Pine is one of the few actors in Hollywood at the moment who still regularly wears double-breasted suits. Have a think. This suit stays close to the blue and grey tones that work so well with his eyes and the blue tie does well to pick up those cooler tones and even suggest a light blue shirt – the stripes on the shirt also combine to that effect.

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Back in 2011 Pine wore another Ralph Lauren Purple Label to the American GQ’s Men of the Year Awards. More Ralph Lauren, more brown tweed, another shirt with contrasting collar but this time we have a three-piece suit. No pocket square this time but I think I would’ve preferred one to the tie he’s wearing. Maybe there’s just too much brown and it needs a bit of lightening. I love the suit itself though.

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Another double-breasted suit (whose designer I cannot find…) for the 2012 New York screening of People Like Us. Again we have a grey double-breasted suit – he seems to stick to grey or blue for his double-breasted outings. This suit is clearly a lightweight cloth, hence all the creasing, but it’s got a great subtle stripe and manages to make the simple outfit look more glamorous. The wonders of a well worn double-breasted suit. And I nearly forgot – an amber polka dot pocket square. Pine is never afraid to mix up patterns, even if this is just a small example of this. (And someone remind me to do a Style Icon post on Elizabeth Banks.)

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Just to end out the post we go back to the 2010 Met Costume Gala where Pine chose a Polo Ralph Lauren tuxedo. The richness of the colour of this tux just pulls me in. Plus the satin lapels, the crisp white pocket square and the general fact that it isn’t black.

S x

Happy Nolan Day!

Season 3 of Revenge is well on the way, and this week’s episode was about colour, as Nolan Ross worked it out in two very lovely coloured blazers:

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I absolutely love men in colours. I think it’s very confident, daring and sexy. Now, I’m not saying that men who wear dark colours aren’t any of those things, but I think it’s great when men experiment with colours (not that I’m an expert or anything, but it’s pretty darn hot).

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I feel that Nolan’s style has evolved somewhat from season to season. In Season 1 it was very eccentric and in your face, but know it’s become more sophisticated and subdued, but there are still accents of that eccentricity that is typical of his character.

Having said this, I did notice something else that he wore that – dare I say it – I just wasn’t diggin’…

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This neck scarf…I don’t know. It looked a little out of place and it just wasn’t working for me. Try again, Nolan!

A side note: loved loved LOVED Emily’s look for the magazine launch party – so cute!

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‘Dissolution ‘ airs on Monday 10th February at 9pm on E4.

Hannah

Happy Nolan Day!

Happy Nolan Day folks!

It’s a short one today, as surprisingly there wasn’t anything that stood out in this week’s episode…but I did like this smart cazj outfit he wore towards the end (apologies for the blurry pictures):

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I like the stripey top (and we know Nolan Ross likes his stripes) matched with the brown jacket. I think it makes a perfect date outfit – and with the dreaded Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s a style tip there for the fellas!

‘Control’ is on Monday 3rd February at 9pm on E4.

P.S. That kiss was, like, super hot. That is all.

Hannah