Flag in the Mist

by guest writer

Flag in the Mist 1965

Flag in the Mist (1965) is Yôji Yamada’s unusual thriller, not that commonly known to audiences worldwide. Adapted from a novel with the same name by Seicho Matsumoto, Kiri no hata develops as an essential viewing for any movie buff. The film appeals to everyone’s bitter judgement making a statement for decision makers when it comes to playing with somebody’s life without thinking about the consequences. Using the psychological factor to reach his purpose, the director successfully uses deconstruction as intended in philosophy. The movie seems to simply deny the presence of correctitude in any of its characters. All of them are simply questionable in their actions towards their counter parties. Only one individual, Rieko Yanagida, played by Chieko Baishô, seems to be entitled to have a real reason for revenge towards the lawyer who refused to take part in defending her brother for thin motifs as his client’s lack of money or his lack of time. Flag in the Mist is leaving an open question: Does revenge offer a meaning to life and, if so, does it lead to peace of mind?

photo: still from the film | credit: Shôchiku Eiga

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A checked coat for Fall

Madame Figaro September 2013 by Laurent Humbert 1

As we near the cold weather, I’m trying to figure out if I do need another coat (I don’t think I do, but every season I seem to give in to a new one), before all the nice pieces fly off the racks. I like to pay the proper attention to a coat, because I think what you really really need in winter is a good coat and a good pair of boots. And you can not compromise when it comes to these. Plaid has been back in the limelight for a while now, although it never goes out of style for me, and this season isn’t short of amazing checked outerwear. It’s chic and comfortable, a look I think we all aim for in the cold months. And if you otherwise stay away from print mixing, a checked coat can transmit the right opposite message, even if the rest of your outfit is monochromatic and of a strict simplicity. It can easily change the mood of your look, while still keeping it flawless and classic.

Madame Figaro September 2013 by Laurent Humbert 3

Madame Figaro September 2013 by Laurent Humbert 5

Madame Figaro September 2013 by Laurent Humbert

MadameFigaro September 2013 by Laurent Humbert 1


Zara checked coatHere are some favourite options for a checked coat. I have a crush on this country-meets-chic Zara jacket in red, black and white. Red is a colour I would love to wear more often, but a red coat would be too much for me, so this is exactly what I was looking for to offset an all black look.

A classic, elegant outerwear is something worth investing in, and this Vanessa Bruno is one to splurge on. Or you can save by choosing this perfect Mango alternative at a fraction of the price.

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

photos: Laurent Humbert for Madame Figaro, September 2013 (coats from the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collections: 1-Jil Sander / 2-Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane / 3-Stella McCartney / 4-Tommy Hilfiger / 5-Ba&sh)

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Notebook pages

Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, film, photography and beautiful living.

monuments menThe Monuments Men-2013

One of the things I love the most about the last months of the year is that it’s the time the good movies are released in preparation for the awards season. One of the films I can’t wait to see is The Monuments Men, co-written, directed and produced by George Clooney, based on the book Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, by Robert M. Edsel.

As German forces bombed and invaded Europe, they also removed an estimated five million works of art and cultural objects from museums, churches, universities and homes, including masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Jan van Eyck, along with other objects of art, valuable pieces of furniture and rare books: all representing centuries of European culture. “Monuments Men”, short for the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the Allied military effort, was a relatively unsung group of 345 men and women from 13 countries who recovered thousands of stolen artworks between 1943 and 1951.

The film is centered on one of the Allied group’s platoons’ mission to recover stolen works of art from the Nazis. George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin star in the film, which is set for release on December 18th.


• And here is an interview with George Clooney talking about his up-coming movie.
• Interesting read: The Discreet Charm of Tomas Maier. “I like restraint. I like when things are pared-down. I like the idea of less being more.”
• Another talk I very much enjoyed, dating from a few years back: Julie Christie for Another Magazine
• I need something like this in my wardrobe this autumn
• My outfit inspiration for today
• Haru and Mina, a series of photos by Japanese photographer Hideaki Hamada bound to bring smile on your face

photos: 1-Greatest Generation / 2-still from the film “The Monument Men”, via Page to Premiere

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Chunky houndstooth scarf

London Fashionweek ss2014, Rosie Seabrook

I can honestly say that this look makes me want to leave everything, go shopping and replicate it entirely. It just proves that classic and toned-down doesn’t mean boring, especially when you choose your accessories wisely: navy pumps that add a touch of colour but still feel like a neutral, berry lips and a gorgeous houndstooth scarf. At least I know I can find a similar scarf at Zara.

photo: Sandra Semburg, A Love is Blind

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Chic Files: Lana of Lanalou Style

Classiq Chic Files-Lana of Lanalou Style

Coppelia top, Adriano Goldschmied Stilt cigarette jeans, Mr Price flats, Miss Mrs clutch, Dear Rae necklace

My guest today on Chic Files is lovely Lana, who pens the blog Lanalou Style. Her inspiring blog blends interior design, fashion and all things creative, and is also the best guide to Cape Town, her amazing city. Through her beautiful photography, Lana often takes her readers to the most charming local stores and dreamy venues, both in Cape Town and other South African sights. I always leave with a wanderlust feeling.  I think you will agree. Welcome, Lana!

How would you describe your style?
My style is simple and understated with a feminine feel. I definitely go for less is more!

Who are your style models?
In real life it’s women who are confident and who always look great, no matter what they’re wearing. This is usually because they are fabulous and believe in themselves 100% and this inner confidence exudes right through them. From a distance, I’d say Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Inès de la Fressange and Kate Moss all appeal.

Your signature day outfit:
Usually skinny jeans with a comfy tee, cardi and scarf teamed with ballerina flats or sandals in summer.

Your signature evening outfit:
Jeans again, with a striking top and clutch.

Is there an item you don’t leave the house without?
My sunglasses.

Your most cherished wardrobe item:
This changes from time to time, but currently I would say it’s my Dear Rae necklace, it’s really simple and works with every outfit. A close second would be my pair of skinny jeans from Forever New, they are super comfy and keep their shape even after a few wears!

Five pieces a woman should have in her closet:
A pair of well fitting/flattering jeans (skinny or straight leg for me), a blazer for events and evening functions, a fabulous handbag, a beautiful piece of statement jewellery, a gorgeous scarf to add a unique flair.

What is the most underrated piece in a woman’s wardrobe that should deserve more attention?
Definitely ill fitting and old underwear.

Classiq Chic Files-Lana of Lanalou Style-1

Country Road top, skirt from a local market, bag from H&M, necklace from NAP

My quick Q&A:

Flats or heels?
Flats for me, I hate being too tall.

Shoes or bags?
Bags, one can never have enough!

The 20s, the 30s or…what is your favourite fashion decade? Why?
I love the 20’s. The beautiful low waisted shift dresses are so appealing especially with all their added embellishments such as lace and beading. And then, of course, there was the fabulous bob and fingerwave hairstyle.

Neutrals, pop of colour or colour blocking?
I normally go with neutrals combined with a pop of colour.

Mini, midi, maxi or knee-length?
Usually knee length.

Audrey or Marilyn?
Audrey. I adore her style.

The LBD or something else?
I don’t actually own a LBD, even though it’s meant to be a wardrobe must! I’d rather wear a vintage floral or patterned dress.

Paris or Milan?
Paris, for sure.

A beauty trick you’d like to share:
To clean your makeup brushes, mix equal parts of olive oil and dish washing liquid in a saucer. Swirl your makeup brush around gently in this mixture and you will see all of the makeup coming off. Rinse in cold water until perfectly clean. Try to only get the bristles wet and not the whole brush. Leave the brush lying flat on a towel to dry. Sounds like a strange recipe but it works like a charm!

What’s your fragrance?
DKNY With Love from New York.

Favourite designer.
I don’t think I actually have a favorite. There are elements I admire from various designers. One of my faves is Matthew Williamson, for his striking patterns and use of colour.

Is there a style rule you like to break?
I don’t tend to worry about the shoulds and rules of fashion. I like to wear what makes me feel comfortable and go with that.

A piece you would like to add to your wardrobe this fall (spring in your case).
I’d love to find a classic and stylish watch with a real wow factor.

A style quote you live by:
These are not my own words but I do love them, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

Thank you, Lana, for accepting my invitation. It was wonderful having you over.

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