First let me say… Was the Superbowl great or what? I’m just glad it wasn’t a blowout. Last week, I heard the sports books in Vegas had the Patriots by 3, but that lots of Giants fans placed future bets at 3 1/2 Giants, and if the Giants won by that, Vegas would be in deep sh*t. So of course, I took that 3 1/2 Giants bet against the husband, and got to gloat and do a little dance when Brady’s Hail Mary was denied. He was asleep during their last match up, woke up right after Tyree made that historic and unbelievable catch. Probably because I was yelling at the TV. I was pulling for the Giants then, too. But man, a sniper like shot from Manning between two defenders to Manningham, who kept his feet in and held onto the rock, all in a millisecond. Aaaah… That’s the stuff…
But enough about football, let’s talk tutus!
There was some back-and-forth between the Costume Designer Amy Westcott and the Rodarte girls, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Westcott was put-off by the Mulleavys complaining that they were not eligible for nomination, even though they only designed seven ballet tutus for the film, Westcott the rest of the costumes. Neither received an Academy Award nomination for their work but the Mulleavys parlayed their experience in “Black Swan” into upcoming projects such as costume design for LA Opera’s Don Giovanni.
I just watched it, and I must say, watching something outside of the award season hype is very sobering. Or maybe the experience of watching it on my computer and not in a darkened theater made it less award-worthy? In any case, what was the big deal about this film? The racy girl-on-girl scene? Really? In this day and age porn is ubiquitous. So what? The fact that it’s two famous chicks getting it on? Again, in sex tape land, who cares?
I’m not saying it’s bad. It’s a psychological drama, not some kinky horror film that it was hyped to be. I thought it was OK. The black swan/white swan is your classic duality in nature. We all have darkness and light. The ballet world is catty and competitive. What industry is not? Is she losing her mind? Maybe. So again, I thought it was OK, well made for sure, but not really fresh.
But Westcott’s costumes are a study in elegant casual dressing. Lots of featherweight knits, layered over bodysuits and leggings.
You know a film has influenced you when you want to go out and buy the look. I will be on the hunt for featherweight shrugs. I don’t care that this is from last year. It looks comfy and feminine.