Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The-Grand-Budapest-HotelImage courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan,  TildaSwinton, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray


I’ve got a little confession to make: I’d never seen a Wes Anderson film before The Grand Budapest Hotel. I know, I know. Shame on me.

It was so beautifully and artistically manicured that I did not dare to look away; not once. It was simply captivating. Every scene was choreographed with such precision: the symmetry in his frames, the cleverly thought-out cutaways and zooms and the superb production design (it was like flipping through a fairytale; there was not one pretty item out of place), I can understand why Wes Anderson has garnered such a cult following.

The beauty for me was that there was not one second that I was disinterested, there was always something to look at and something to feel. There were moments of humour, heart and ridiculousness, aided of course by Ralph Fiennes’ brilliant performance as Monsieur Gustave (his body language and facial expressions were on point every frame, an impressive reflection of Anderson’s theatrical style), the hotel’s charmingly animated concierge. And there were moments centred around murder and mayhem. But even then the film has been scripted in such a non-sensical and whimsical manner that it was fun for the majority of the time.

A story within a story within a story, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures had by the preposterously luxurious establishment’s former concierge, Monsieur Gustave, and his lobby boy Zero (Revolori). From showing him the ropes to stealing a priceless painting to escaping from prison, it’s colourful in both manner and matter.

Obviously I’m now going to work my way through his past works and make up for lost time.

Oh and The Grand Budapest Hotel experience was made even better thanks to Messina’s interpretation of the film’s featured dessert: the ‘Courtesan Au Chocolat‘. Scrumptious.

Alice McCall S/S 14-15

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Congratulations to Alice McCall for 10 successful years in the Australian fashion industry. The opening show for the final day of MBFWA for 2014 was theatrical in the prettiest way: with showers of confetti.  Alice’s signature sorbet hues once again made an appearance down the runway, but this time teamed with graphic prints. Her usual dream-like aesthetic was interrupted by something much darker and edgier. Prints featuring pyramids, birds and cosmic skies all made an appearance. Even the pure white ornaments hanging from the ceiling were comprised of assorted limbs (amongst the love hearts and clouds).

The segue between the two seemingly different collections included graphic clutches with a pink or blue glitter exterior and the same feminine shape of the other pieces. Scalloped hems featured heavily as was to be expected. It’s a surprising and impressive collection from Alice McCall. Perhaps the new slightly darker pieces are a glimpse into what we can expect from the brand, now entering its second decade.


Leroy Nguyen S/S 14-15

image image image imageA very impressive collection by Leroy Nguyen. He first showed at Mercedes-Benz in 2003 when he opened The Innovators show and now he’s back with his first standalone. His collection, titled Blue Rose, was inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. The result was fresh and full of vibrant patterns and hues.

What I liked about the collection was that although it was quite wearable, there was also a very clear aesthetic. The lines are are clean and sharp and the range blends well together thanks to his use of tailoring and colour. It has a somewhat quite relaxed and sporty feel to it with the exposed metal zips and use of lycra and hydro-mesh.

I can’t wait to see what he does next year!