Even though I’m not really a musical sort of girl, I do think the new Les Miserables film looks good, partly because I love the look of the costumes and also it gives us a reason to put a picture of the dashing Hugh Jackman on the blog, fresh from winning a Golden Globe on Sunday (best actor in a musical, Ann Hathaway won best supporting actress).
Those muddy, worn-in hues and all that crumpled, distressed tailoring remind me of the type of clothing you sometimes see at vintage fairs. I am a fan of ‘crumpled’. Having never been able to pull off the super-groomed look, where hair is brushed, lipstick applied and all clothes stain and crease free at all times, I am drawn to any designer who offers a chance to be elegant in a more dishevelled manner. I think it’s also why I like vintage clothes, for that broken-in look.
For those of you with a strong romantic streak who fancy dressing with a touch of crumpled Les Mis’ inspiration this year, can I point you towards the highly original Runholdz brand, with its trend-free range of dresses, jackets and trousers that wouldn’t look out of place in the film. The look wont appeal to all of you but I know plenty of creative women who would love the unique styling and off-beat romance of the clothes. I discovered the brand when I went to Antwerp last year, it is run by Carsten and Lenka Rundholz, a husband and wife team who live in Germany have been designing the range since 1993.
The Antwerp shop was lovely and the staff there were charming, but you can buy it closer to home from Corniche, an Edinburgh based store with an excellent online website. It’s a good time to look as much of the Rundholz line is now in the seasonal sale, so if you were thinking of experimenting, take a look. Corniche appears to be well organised and will ship world wide.
An additional treat is the newly released Rindholz perfume, which I picked up a sample vial of in Anterp, it’s called 03.Apr. 68 and it is absolutely gorgeous. At the risk of sounding a bit crazy, the smell is pretty much how I would scent the Les Miserables film; earthy, woody, with wiffs of tar, overlaid with a whack of rich fruity incense. Again not everyone’s taste, but when my tiny vial runs out, I’m going to try and justify spending £75 on a bottle (my perfume wardrobe is getting a bit full). It’s very difficult to find anywhere that stocks it so if you like an exclusive smell, this might be one for you. Corniche is known for its great service so I’m sure if you contact them, they might send a sample vial.