One of the other girls here at Vili Flik has a rather (un)healthy obsession with Asian dancers, and I’m not sure whether I’m happy or unhappy to report that this obsession has started to spread, and that’s why, dear readers, I present to you the gorgeous and awesomely talented dancer Harry Shum Jr (1982 – ).
He might also be a tad known for playing Mike Chang in Glee (which, yes, I totally watch. There. Judge me as much as you want).
The glorious Shum started dancing in high school, and he tends to incorporate styles such as popping, locking, waving and breaking into his dance. And let me tell you, it’s brilliant. Which is probably why he’s a dancer and coreographer for the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (I’m not a member, no, but thanks for asking). And the man tends to have great style as well, check it out:
Looking all nice and nerdy. Check out his dancing on Glee or youtube – you won’t regret it.
Calvin Klein (1942 – ) is an American fashion designer, who, like so many others both before and after him, decided to open a fashion house (great idea) and name it after himself (kind of boring idea – seriously, aren’t these people supposed to be kind of creative?). Anyway, Klein started studying fashion, but couldn’t be bothered to graducate, instead he launched Calvin Klein in 1968. He was, of course, immediately glorified for his glorious gloriousness. Let’s look at some of the reasons why:
Now, me and the Klein differ at some points – while I ADORE the theatricality of fashion, his clothes tend to be a protest against all the drama. Now, that might be a bit boring in a way – few colors, no patterns, simple – but the brilliance of Calvin Klein, I think, lies in the cut, the drapings, the tiny but significant details which show that this is great tailoring and design, and that again creates contrast and, Mr. Klein, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it adds drama. I think it’s lovely.
Dress: Read! by Hanna Volle
Today I present to you, dear readers, the wonderfully talented author Jeanette Winterson (1959 -).
And I shamelessly quote from her webpage: “Winterson was born in Manchester, England, and adopted by Pentecostal parents who brought her up in the nearby mill-town of Accrington. As a Northern working class girl she was not encouraged to be clever. Her adopted father was a factory worker, her mother stayed at home. There were only six books in the house, including the Bible and Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments. Strangely, one of the other books was Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and it was this that started her life quest of reading and writing. Reading was not much approved unless it was the Bible. Her parents intended her for the missionary field. Schooling was erratic but Jeanette had got herself into a girl’s grammar school and later she read English at Oxford University.” And glad we are that she did not end up as a missionary! She wrote her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, at the age of 23. The novel was followed by the comic book Boating for Beginners and 13 more novels, including Lighthousekeeping, which has been featured on the blog before.
In 2006 Jeanette Winterson was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to literature, and she has won various awards around the world for her fiction and adaptations, including the Whitbread Prize and the Prix d’argent Cannes Film Festival.
If you have not yet read any of her work, do so! She is brilliant!
The most unusual thing I ever stole? A snowman.
Midnight. He looked magnificent; a tall, white mute
beneath the winter moon. I wanted him, a mate
with a mind as cold as the slice of ice
within my own brain. I started with the head.
Better off dead than giving in, not taking
what you want. He weighed a ton; his torso,
frozen stiff, hugged to my chest, a fierce chill
piercing my gut. Part of the thrill was knowing
that children would cry in the morning. Life’s tough.
Sometimes I steal things I don’t need. I joy-ride cars
to nowhere, break into houses just to have a look.
I’m a mucky ghost, leave a mess, maybe pinch a
I watched my gloved hand twisting the doorknob.
A stranger’s bedroom. Mirrors. I sigh like this–Aah.
It took some time. Reassembled in the yard,
he didn’t look the same. I took a run
and booted him. Again. Again. My breath ripped out
in rags. It seems daft now. Then I was standing
alone amongst lumps of snow, sick of the world.
Boredom. Mostly I’m so bored I could eat myself.
One time I stole a guitar and thought I might
learn to play. I nicked a bust of Shakespeare once,
flogged it, but the snowman was strangest.
You don’t understand a word I’m saying, do you?
Carol Ann Duffy
Before I tell you about Hannah Schneider’s death, I’ll tell you about my mother’s.
I loved this book. I’ve read some reviews critizing Pessl’s literary style, but I honestly didn’t notice, or care, or both – I just loved the story. Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006) was the debut novel of American Marisha Pessl (1977 – ). As usual, I’m too lazy to make up my own plot summary, so I’ve stolen one from The Guardian.
“The novel is the first-person narrative of Blue Van Meer, a bright teenager who since her mother’s death has travelled the country with her arrogant, pompous but devoted father Gareth, a peripatetic lecturer in political science who is, in his daughter’s eyes, “one of the pre-eminent commentators on American culture”. Blue spends her final high-school year at a private college in North Carolina. There she encounters the Bluebloods, an elite group of students who are the proteges of a charismatic film studies teacher, the compellingly mysterious Hannah Schneider, whom, we learn in the opening pages, Blue will find hanged during a camping trip. The first two-thirds of the book describes the long, fraught initiation of Blue into this glamorous and insular group, while the last third concerns Blue’s mounting suspicion that her enigmatic and beautiful teacher was somehow murdered.
[…] the novel suddenly becomes a page-turning murder mystery with a gratifyingly complex plot, a dizzying Usual Suspects-style narrative with nods to detective novelists conventional (Agatha Christie) and unconventional (Carlo Emilio Gadda). On a second reading, what appeared to be a high-school tale spatchcocked on to the story of an amateur detective is seen to be a ground-laying exercise of immense skill. Pessl’s strengths are revealed in her portrayal of the isolation and vunerability of adolescence, in Blue’s final, impenetrable loneliness and in the brave, completely satisfying ending, resolved yet open, which is the triumph of the book.”
The novel is full of references to books and old movies, each chapter using the title of another work of fiction, and it just made me want to read more. I also loved the character Blue – she is an outsider with more books than friends (sounds oddly familiary, doesn’t it?) and on her first day at a new school, she reflects that when you’re insecure you can do one of the two following things: Imagine yourself to be Grace Kelly, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe og whoever OR read a book. (Once again, hello, story of my life).
It’s a good Saturday (and summer) read. Check it out.
Dear Vili Flikers: This is a disclaimer to the Karl Lagerfeld post published earlier this week. We’ve read some rather disturbing articles where Lagerfeld says some very anti-nice things, and therefore we just want to tell you all that he has officially lost all his hero points and that we have also come to the conclusion that, though the owner of 300 000 books, he can’t have read a single one of them. But, since he does make fabulous clothes, we have decided to keep the original post.
But shame on you, Lagerfeld, for discriminating against people without an eating disorder! Dare to be different, people! And remember – there are no ugly people, only ugly outfits.
Love from the not too-skinny but still fabulous and brilliant girls at Vili Flik.
There are several reasons brilliant choreographer Sonya Tayeh deserves to be a Vili Flik hottie. She’s creative, stylish, beautiful and original – all the things we look for and admire in a person.
For those of you who are not familiar with her, she is an American dancer and choreographer, and you may have seen some of her work on So You Think You Can Dance (2005-). Her style (both personal and dance-wise) is amazing and often mind-blowing. Also, she has the best hair!
However, it’s not just her good looks (and locks) which have earned her a place here. Her fantastic work is the main reason I have a bit of a girl-crush on her. See for yourselves:
Even if you’re not obsessed with dance, those are pretty darned impressive and amazing. I also love her musical choices and what she brings out in her dancers.
Ah, the seventies. A time of bell-bottoms, one-pieces, hot pants and twiggy-dresses. A time when pimps really looked like pimps. Basically: a time when people seemed to have wore whatever the hell they felt like, regardless of cut, pattern or common decency and modesty. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, because sometimes a picture really can say more than a thousand words…
So what is my conclusion? The seventies were fun, with something for everyone. But let’s never ever bring back that male-fashion! Do you agree?
One of the things I love about Designer Day is that I often find out stuff I never knew about the various designers – even the most famous ones whom I thought I knew everything about. German designer Karl Lagerfeld (1938 – ) is of course a very famous and highly regarded designer, but today I found out that he actually owns a book shop and a publishing company! Did you know that? For a bookworm like myself, and indeed all us Vili Flikers, that is about the greatest thing a person can do. Throw in some magnificent clothes as well, and we got ourselves a hero.
I think Lagerfeld is the one designer even people not interested in fashion would be able to recognize. His signature look is basically illustrated above, and I for one can’t really remember having seen him wear anything else… I think.
Lagerfeld is probably best known for his position as art director at Chanel, where he started in 1983.
But, the prodigy that is Karl can do more than that. As a 17 year old, (why do all the brilliant people start out so early?! They make me feel old and bitter), Lagerfeld became the assistant to the great designer Pierre Balmain. Three years later he was art director for Jean Patou.
During the 60-s, Lagerfeld worked as an independent stylist, until Fendi came by and asked him to collaborate with them. This collaboration still continues.
But collaborating with both Fendi and Chanel obviously was not enough, so in 1984, Lagerfeld also launched his own line, called (perhaps the most original thought he ever had): Karl Lagerfeld.
He has, as mentioned last week, also collaborated with Chloé. However, designing marvelous clothes for sometimes four different fashion houses still was not enough, so Lagerfeld started exploring photography, and from 1987 he has created his own advertising campaigns. And they are brilliant.
He has also made the illustrations for “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by H. C. Andersen, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any photos of. If you know of any, please tell us! But there is no doubt that the Karl, like us, loves books (allegedly he owns 300 000). That’s probably why there is a rumor circulating that he is launching a new perfume called Paper Passion. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, but it would be kinda cool.
I realize that this post has been very textual – but there was just so much fun stuff about Lagerfeld that I had to share! But let’s end this post the way it should – with some photos:
This Friday I think you should all enjoy some quality drama, and with that in mind I hereby recommend to you the glorious sadness that is A Single Man (2009).
The story begins when George (Colin Firth) gets a phone call that his partner of 16 years has died in a car accident. As this is the USA in the 60s, George is not invited to the funeral and is left dealing with his loss alone. The viewer follows him through one day, a week later, where plans and friendships are made and remade, and several perspectives of life is encountered. Intertwined with this are memories of the time George and his boyfriend spent together.
The film is directed by Tom Ford, which ensures that everything is classy, stylish and beautiful, and includes such wonderful actors as Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult.
You really need to see this.
Vili Flik just received the fabulous news of another of our favorite Hotties, the ever-brilliant Helena Bonham-Carter, has been chosen as the new face of Marc Jacobs. Now, we are all huge fans of the power couple that is Helena and Tim, but, we are also ever convinced that Helena paired up with one of our favorite fashion houses is bound to be oh-so-fabulous.
What do you think?
Audrey Tautou (1976 – ) is a gorgeous French actress who stars in one of my absolute favorite movies: La Fabuleux Destin d’ Amelie Poulain (2001). For that alone she deserves to be a Vili Flik Hottie.
Not seen it, you say? A: How is that possible?! and B: Go watch it right now. You can finish reading this post later.
Audrey Tautou is actually named after style and movie icon and goddess, Audrey Hepburn. Of course. In addition to being a fabulous actress, she has actually studied literature (an important qualification for reaching hottie-status at Vili Flik).
A couple of years ago, she played fashion queen Coco Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel. It was fabulous.
Playing Chanel also landed her the deal of being the face of Chanel nr. 5.
The fabulous Tautou has also starred in movies such as
I haven’t seen the last two, but I’m sure she does a brilliant job in both.
Isn’t she lovely?
In my grandmother’s attic there are many hats. Or, there used to be, until I went on a raid… Unfortunately, I am unsure of when and where most of them are from, so this Wednesday Vintage will be me asking you to help me date the amazing collection I found. As I am convinced that all of you are brilliant, intelligent people with supreme knowledge of fashion history (why else would you hang out at our blog?), I am sure you’ll be able to help. To that end, this will be a picture-heavy post, with multiple pictures of each item (partly also because they are fabulous and well deserving of a post in their own right). I sincerely hope that some of you may be able to help me out – if you have any idea which decade any of these are from, please give some feedback in the comments section. And now for the lovelies!
Hat 9 (this is possibly an old scout uniform hat):
To reiterate, if anyone has an idea about the decade any these hats are (probably) from, it would be very much appreciated if you would leave a comment for us.
Love, Mari (with thanks to Elin for modelling her share of the beauties).
In 1952, French designer Gaby Aghion (1921 – ), sensed a gap in the fashion market and created a line of comfortable and elegant clothes from fine quality fabrics. She called it luxury prêt-à-porter. Up until then, the glorious luxury fashion houses had only produced haute couture, which, sadly, only a few could afford. By inventing prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear if you wish, Aghion made fashion more available for us mere mortals. What a fantabulous lady.
And what was the name of the fashion house this brilliant broad founded in 1952? Chloé.
From 1966 and throughout the 70s, Karl Lagerfeld worked as main designer for Chloé, and the brand was one of the hottest of the 70s.
In 1985, Gaby Aghion sold Chloé, and since then a lot of talented people have taken their turn at the wheel. Since earlier this year, the head designer has been British designer Claire Waight Keller.
The style is still chic and comfortable-looking, and I really do think it’s beautiful, even if I sometimes almost want to cry out for more colors and contrasts. But that’s why we have accessories, isn’t it?
This weekend Vili Flik attended their very first fashion runway show. The host was Fretex Unica, our favourite secondhand store, which is, unfortunately, to be closed down at the end of June. It will be sorely missed!
The show was fun, though, and I can see how fashion shows can become addictive. All them cool outfits!
Below is a selection of what was modeled, all the clothes, and many more, can be purchased at Fretex Unica, at Mercur Senteret in Trondheim.
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. In newspaper photos of missing girls from the seventies, most looked like me: white girls with mousy brown hair. This was before kids of all races and genders started appearing on milk cartons or in the daily mail. It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen. […] My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.
Alice Sebold’s 2002-novel The Lovely Bones is told by murder victim Susie, speaking from her own private “heaven” from where she watches over her distraught family as well as the man who killed her. She sees her father and sister desperately trying to find out the truth about her disappearance, her family torn apart by their loss, and her friends growing up and moving on with their lives. She also follows the life of her killer.
The novel is engaging, intriguing and compelling. There are some slightly shocking scenes, but mainly this is a beautiful and bittersweet story which is very difficult to put down and even more difficult to forget.
In 2009, Peter Jackson released his film adaptation, and although it is not as perfect as the novel (how could it ever be?), it is well worth the watch.
So, that’s two recommendations for the price of one. Enjoy!
Scrolling through our previous posts, I am shocked and appalled to find that we have not yet featured one of my all time favourite films, the brilliant Shaun of the Dead (2004).
Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, directed by the latter and starring the former, in addition to Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Bill Nighy, Dylan Moran and Lucy Davis, you know it’s going to be amazing (and I’m pleasantly surprised at how many of these wonderful actors/directors we’ve featured on this site. It seems we may have a thing for brilliant Brits).
Lovable loser Shaun (Pegg) is determined to win back his girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) and sort his life out after he has disappointed her one too many times. However, in the midst of this, zombies are invading Britain, and it’s up to Shaun and his (mostly useless) best friend Ed (Frost) to save Liz, her roommates, and Shaun’s mom, and shack up in their favourite pub, The Winchester, until it all blows over. It’s the world’s first RomZomCom (romantic zombie comedy), and that alone should be enough to peak your interest. Just take a look:
The idea for the film came during production of the comedy series Spaced, and it was the first feature film made by the glorious creative team of Wright and Pegg. The second installment in their “blood and ice cream”-trilogy was the equally marvellous Hot Fuzz (2007), and the third and (possibly) final one is currently in the early stages of production. Probably. Hard to confirm actually. But it will eventually be released! And I can’t wait, as I love and adore their work.
Just in case you’re still not convinced (what’s wrong with you???), here’s a bonus trailer:
Enjoy your hopefully zombie-filled weekend!
Have I got a treat for you today, dear readers! It’s been awhile since we have had some hotties, but this one has been worth waiting for, in fact, I suspect that this man could be the new Johnny Depp (and I don’t say that lightly):
Yes, Cillian Murphy! This Irish treat was born in Cork, in 1976. He began his performing career as a rock musician, but luckily moved on to the stage in 1996, when he debuted in the play Disco Pigs.
Cillian is a versatile actor and has played everything from a supervillain, to a glam transgender orphan, to an astronaut, and starred in films such as Breakfast on Pluto, 28 Days Later, Batman Begins, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Sunshine and Inception.
He has received several award-nominations, but has yet to win any of the big ones. Clearly the juries lack good taste.
But enough talking, have some more pictures:
And just for fun: