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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burberry Wrap Cardigan Look from Kokun

Get The Look of the Burberry Wrap Cardigan that all the celebrities are wearing! Famed fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker and Olivia Palermo are getting wrapped up for fall!  Feel like a celeb in this stylish Kokun Wrap Cardigan Driftwood without paying a fortune!


Check the sweater must haves article that we posted earlier today for additional sweater options.

If you are looking for an actual Burberry Cardigan, you can try the Burberry website for numerous options.

View more cardigan blog posts here on Apparel Search.

Celebrity Fashion Spotting September 2014

Lily Collins was photographed wearing STRÖM Brand over the weekend at Disneyland!  The Love, Rosie actress enjoyed a day of fun in her Kort Star Shorts, the same style she was seen wearing a couple weeks ago ($164, www.strombrand.com).



Janel Parrish was photographed wearing her Lulu*s Let it Flow Grey Floral Dress over the weekend in Los Angeles! This is the second time the Dancing With the Stars actress wore the Lulu*s dress for a casual and versatile look ($34; www.lulus.com). 

Janel Parrish wearing her Lulu*s Let it Flow Grey Floral Dress

Janel also wore the Let it Flow dress at a recent red carpet event!
Janel Parrish wearing Lulu*s Let it Flow Grey Floral Dress

Gwyneth Paltrow wore Junk Food over the weekend! The birthday girl posted a picture in her Bowie Rock and Roll Muscle Tank on Instagram, thanking her followers "for all the birthday wishes! #feelingthelove" (www.junkfoodclothing.com).


Here is a more complete image of the actual shirt she was wearing.


Interested in seeing additional trendy celebrities wearing various styles, brands, and trends.  Check the fashion celebrities blog section for additional resources.

Fashion Designer Expo September 2014 Recap

Hundreds of people gathered at Fashion Designers Expo this past weekend in Miami to see rising icons take the stage! From the opening night Bloggers & Press Party, to the Garden of Fashion Runway Show, and then the closing Poolside Swimwear Day Party, Sofitel Miami Hotel hosted FDE once again for 3 fabulous nights of fashion and philanthropy. That's right! It was fashion with a heart! FDE's non-profit organization, Let the Runway Meet the Cause, joined forces with Fashion for Charity to bring awareness about Domestic Violence issues impacting our community.


Designer Jacqueline Rebecca & Model Lydia Ramos
Designer Jacqueline Rebecca & Model Lydia Ramos
The Designers line up was amazing!

Drinkinis by Tashion LA
Stephanie Gabriella
Favala Designs
Yerenny Dress Collection
Bella Fashion Designs
Young Fresh Society
Painted Swagg
Sophia Naz Shah
Life to the 9's Fashion Styling
Jacqueline Rebecca Augello
Risque Dukes Swim Apparel
Biki's by Nikki
Color Me Thick in Freddy's Collection


Designer Sophia Naz & Model Nicole Esparza
Designer Sophia Naz & Model Nicole Esparza
The Vendors were fantastic and informational!
VeeZaj by Giaah Fashion Lounge
Shop.com
Motives by Loren Ridinger
Yaje Handbags
Origami Owl
Blue Rack Miami
Ginen Creations by Sophie
Agape Food
Women in Distress
Photo-Jennic Photography

Florida Technical College


Designer Painted Swagg & Model Yinet Sosa
Designer Painted Swagg & Model Yinet Sosa
Learn more about the event from the http://www.FashionDesignersExpo.com website.

Sweater Must Haves for 2014

Lyon Long Sleeve Sweater

Ridge Pullover Sweater in Birch & Black

Rich Stitch Top Sweater

Bonded Sweatshirt

Reglan Embossed Leather Sweater

http://www.stellaandjamie.com/
http://www.kokunnyc.com/
http://www.nicandzoe.com/
http://www.my-tribe.net/
http://www.cynthiarowley.com/


Desk to Dinner Transition Style Tips

There isn't one woman out there who isn't looking for easy ways to transition her work outfit to an evening outfit. In the fast paced world we live in we need to move and we need to move fast. Here are easy ways transition your work look from desk to dinner.

Desk to Dinner Style Shopping Tips


My Tribe Ponte Fit/Flate Leather Dress, $229
http://www.my-tribe.net/Ponte_fit_n_flare_leather_center_panel_front_p/lmt039.htm

Olivia Burton Mini Dial Bracelet Watch, $115
http://www.oliviaburton.com/shop/mini-dial/mini-dial-bracelet-gold/

Ziera Jasper Boots, $299
http://zierashoes.com/Style/714/jasper?cat=6&

LANY Kawaii Crossbody Bag, $39
http://lanystyle.com/shop/lany5178s.html

About My Tribe: Discover the epitome of style with My Tribe’s timeless collection of wardrobe staples including sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, jackets, pants, maxi dresses and more. The Los Angeles-based brand is distinguished for its versatility, edgy details, tailored construction, and undeniable class. It is all about Joining the Tribe. (www.my-tribe.net)

About Olivia Burton: Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings are the duo behind the brand. Having met on their first day at London College of Fashion they both have extensive experience in the fashion industry, formerly buying for the likes of Selfridges and ASOS. Obsessive about attention to detail Olivia Burton watches are affordable, wearable and bursting full of British style. (www.oliviaburton.com)

About Ziera: Ziera has always been, passionate about how their shoes look, fit and feel. So much so, that for more than 60 years, they’ve been getting to know you and your feet better. Ziera made it their mission to find out what you do, what you like, what you wear and how you feel. Ziera combined years of experience, knowledge of materials and the intricate mechanics of the foot in their design. With this understanding of foot science Ziera developed the best possible solutions for women’s feet of all shapes and sizes.  These shoes are made with maximum comfort, durability, and your feet, at their heart. (www.zierashoes.com)


About LANY: In 1989, founders Robert and Jane started a small boutique in the bustling fashion grounds of Downtown, Los Angeles. The duo took on every challenge together — from keeping an eye on the ever-changing trends, designing all that's new, sifting through mountains of color swatches and fabrics, seeking manufacturers all throughout the United States and beyond, organizing and completing all things fulfillment, and most importantly satisfying the customers' fashion necessities. In 1991, the company became a corporation under Samdae Enterprises, Inc., and three years later LANY was born. Still situated in the heart of DTLA,LANY has grown to become known throughout the United States for its fashion-driven, affordable yet uncompromising quality handbags—and this is our promise to you. (www.lanystyle.com).

Color Siete in Bloomingdale's New York Window

Everyone knows that a product placement in the Bloomingdale's New York windows is the ultimate fashion win. 

Apparel Search wanted to bring to your attention a Colombian designer that has finally managed to achieve that win. Color Sietewhich refers to itself as a brand concept, has placed shirts, jackets, suits, pants and denims in the display window of Bloomingdale's New York store.

Starting with only five stores, the company has been pushing its products into the United States market for years, and has expanded its US customer base to over 100 venues.  


Bloomingdales was the ideal venue to raise awareness of the brand, as their customers in particular value craftsmanship and quality.

A Caldas Department company has created over 500 jobs in Colombia by internationalizing its fashion brand. It already has a presence in 12 different stories in the United States.

Shirts, jackets, suits, pants and denims, all made in Colombia, occupy the display windows in Bloomingdale’s. 

This display of Color Siete merchandise is the result of more than 10 years of marketing penetration strategies. Color Siete, based out of Manizales, has managed to place its Rosé Pistol Kids brand into the windows of the most exclusive department retail chain store in the United States.

Luis Felipe Molina, president at Color Siete, explains, “The United States is a country with great business opportunities, as the product is popular with the public and meets all the requirements. Thanks to a better understanding of the market and a series of training programs, Color Siete nowadays supplies over 100 customers.”

Molina adds that Bloomingdale’s is the perfect venue to raise awareness of the Manizales brand, as the chain is famous for its high-quality products, and its clients appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of every garment. 
“It should be noted that more than clothing, Color Siete is a brand concept.”

The Market is Always Growing

Having their own production plant that creates over 500 direct jobs in the country and a sound team were the key to attract a giant such as Bloomingdale's.

The Manizales Company started with 5 stores, and now has branched towards 12 other countries. Color Siete’s Business in the United States has developed at the same time as with other clients such as Nordstrom, Fred Segal, Barneys, and Anthropologie, among others, all of which are highly exclusive stores.
Proexport has provided both strategic and financial support since the beginning of the process in the United States. For Molina, all the support from the government’s office has proven critical for the company’s success, including different schedules and organizing matchmaking forms.

“This is a good example that shows that exporting means growth, and that tools such as the free trade agreements like the one with the United States, help our industry reach the world,” said Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion window display blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

Olivia Burton’s Vintage Inspired Watches

Created by London design duo Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings, the Olivia Burton collection is a perfect blend of traditional styles with a modern flare. Beautiful floral face plates enveloped in gold or rose gold are just a few of the staples of the collection. These timeless accessories range from $88 - $200.

Olivia Burton’s vintage inspired watches
Olivia Burton’s vintage inspired watches.


Monday, September 29, 2014

The Beatles x Forever 21

Bravado, Universal Music Group's leading global music merchandising company, has teamed up with specialty retailer Forever 21 to launch The Beatles x Forever 21, a mini collection of young men’s, women’s and junior’s tees featuring The Beatles logo, images and other trademarks of the legendary rock group.

Bravado Beatles T-shirtBravado T-shirt at Forever 21



The complete collection includes a total of 10 pieces including tees, tanks, French terry pullovers and fleeces. Styles will be available in 250 stores with select styles going to all locations as well as online at www.forever21.com.  

See Zac Efron wearing Bravado and Ryan Phillippe wearing Bravado here on the Apparel Search fashion blog.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oakley Crosslink with Mark Cavendish

Oakley Crosslink with brand ambassador Mark Cavendish.

The first ever active Rx men's' glasses from Oakley®, the Crosslink™ gives you the performance you want and the style you need for everyday wear by blending a traditional prescription frame with a sports inspired routine.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the recent launch event, here’s a brief peak at what went on.





Learn more about the Oakley brand, their clothing, and their eyewear at their website.

Feel Beautiful This Fall with Help from WHBM

Want to feel as beautiful as the autumn foliage looks? 
White House Black Market Fall Fashion

This Fall, White House Black Market is offering styles that will take you from day to night and everywhere in between. 

At White House Black Market, it's never business as usual. The Workkit Collection has polished workwear that goes above and beyond. Clean lines and ladylike shapes give menswear-inspired patterns a feminine twist.
White House Black Market Fall 2014
Chic white shirts and unforgettable little black dresses capture the essence of the Iconic Collection. There's no better feeling than finding the perfect dress! 
WHBMFall Fashion 2014
The legging studio has more looks than you can imagine, from Instantly Slimming to ultra modern silhouettes with genuine leather panels.

Visit White House Black Market to see more of the fashion offerings for Fall 2014.

Zashadu Handbag Collection

Summer is still in our minds with the vibrant collection from Zashadu. Check out the line for some trendsetting pieces for just about every occasion!


Zashadu Handbag Collection

Grab a colorful clutch.

Zashadu is a leading British/Nigerian sustainable luxury brand, that specializes in hand-crafted leather pieces. They work with local sustainably sourced leathers, farmed exotic skins and rough cut precious stones set in brass.

All their pieces are created at their workspace in Lagos, Nigeria, by a team that benefits from traditional techniques passed down through generations by a community of local artisans. 


At Zashadu they love to explore the tension between quiet elegance and unabashed glamour.

Plus Size Fantasy Lingerie

Fantasy Lingerie has taken over the plus size market with their newest collection, Curve by Fantasy Lingerie. With cutting edge pieces, Curve by Fantasy Lingerie's collection features colorful lace material, underwire and molded cups to provide shaping and support while enhancing beautiful necklines. "People love the line because it is sexy, and sophisticated. It is the type of lingerie you want to show off because you are proud of how it will make you look and feel," says Managing Director of Fantasy Lingerie, Leilani Whitney. 
Award winning brand, Fantasy Lingerie is a leading provider of lingerie and intimate apparel and encourages women of all shapes and sizes to feel comfortable in their own skin with a touch of added romance. Fantasy Lingerie offers an array of sultry styles at an affordable price because sexy truly is for every body.  


Fantasy Lingerie is offered in a wide variety of styles and colors and is the perfect addition to your everyday lingerie and intimates collection. The brand is available for purchase at select retailers nationwide. 

Kerry Washington Scandalous with Thalé Blanc

Kerry Washington was photographed carrying a Thalé Blanc clutch on her way to a taping of The Tonight Show in NYC on September 23rd. The Scandal star completed her red, white and blue look with Thalé Blanc's Morning Dew Luxe Fleur De Lis Clutch in White Plexi with Black Pearls ($1,985, www.thaleblanc.com).

Kerry Washington

A celebrity favorite, the Morning Dew Luxe Fleur De Lis clutch has also been carried by Christina Hendricks, Kristen Wiig and Mindy Kaling.

Just in case you are shopping for clothing and not watching much television, here is a summary of Scandal... Everyone has secrets… and Olivia Pope (played by the beautiful Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope’s team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits,” who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand -- their own. The series is created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and Mark Wilding are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer.

Fashion Designer Cristina Ottaviano

Fashion designer Cristina Ottaviano was born and raised in New York and graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology where she acquired the skills and talents that provide the underpinnings of her fashion vision. As a student, she interned for Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, working in the atelier and learning the intricacies of creating a collection. After graduation, Cristina joined the design team at Marchesa where she perfected her skills in draping and fabric manipulation. Cristina's love for luxurious fabrics and intricate embroideries then led her to London where she studied at Central Saint Martins. 

Inspired by the feminine looks of emerging fashion designer Cristina Ottaviano, Svitlana Flom's post “Get Chic this Upcoming Fall Season” illustrates her experience working alongside the designer to assemble chic and sophisticated looks to complement special occasions hosted right at home.  Svitlana Flom is Editor-In-Chief of Art de Fete.



Malin and Mila Trendy September

Malin Akerman was photographed wearing Junk Food and Level 99 in Los Angeles earlier this week! The actress complemented her new edgy haircut with an On the Road Tank ($40) and Lily Skinny Straights in Crawford ($120) (www.junkfoodclothing.com, www.level99jeans.com).

Malin Akerman

tank top
Lily Skinny Straights in Crawford

Mila Kunis was photographed wearing Seraphine over the weekend! Mila showed off her growing baby bump in her Nautical Striped Bamboo Nursing Tank Top ($58) at a park with fiance Ashton Kutcher. This is the third time the mom-to-be has worn Seraphine, previously spotted in their Neon Pink Stripe Nursing Tank ($52) and their Blue Wash Straight Leg Premium Maternity Jeans ($89, www.seraphine.com).

Mila Kunis September 2014

Mila Kunis

Here is a better image of the shirt being worn by a fashion model.
Nautical Striped Bamboo Nursing Tank Top

Emma Roberts Wears BaubleBar Collection

Emma Roberts Wears Cynthia Rowley BaubleBar Campaign

Emma Roberts wore Cynthia Rowley in an image from the campaign of her BaubleBar Collection. The actress/designer complemented her own jewelry designs with Cynthia Rowley's Black Bandeau and Multi Striped Mesh Skirt (Price Available Upon Request, www.cynthiarowley.com).

Emma Roberts Wears Cynthia Rowley

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Costume Design in Film Magic

"What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage." — Edith Head


Transforming characters and transcending time. In observance of Fashion Week events around the globe, Fandor is celebrating the indispensable role of costume design in film.

Fashion, film, and costume design have compelling ties.

MY KINGDOM (2011)
Dir. Gao Xiaosong | 99 minutes


A story of honor, love and revenge set against the backdrop of the Chinese opera during its heyday in 1920s Shanghai, MY KINGDOM centers on two sworn brothers and their quest to regain their master’s honor. After years spent training in martial arts, Guan Yilong (Wu Chun) and Meng Erkui (Han Geng) pursue revenge and quickly succeed, establishing themselves as the newest sensations of the Shanghai opera scene. They experience fame and love with a beautiful actress, Xi Mulan (Barbie Hsu), but soon their collective pasts catch up with them and all three are tangled in a complex web of love, lust, deceit and betrayal.
http://www.fandor.com/films/my_kingdom

HIPSTERS (2008)
Dir. Valery Todorovsky | 132 minutes


Moscow 1955. Stalin has been dead two years, but not even Khrushchev's thaw can prevent Komsomol shock troops from hounding hipsters (stilyagi), fans of American jazz, culture and fashion. The student Mels, a Komsomol member, meets Polya, a hipster, while conducting a raid on a hipster hangout. Mels falls in love with Polya while his Communist comrade harbors romantic feelings for him. Mels ingratiates himself into Polya's group of hipsters who meet up on "Broadway" (Gorky/Tverskaya Street), and begins adopting their extreme fashion and lifestyle. Soon, Mels is a hit on the dance floor and starts learning to play the saxophone. He is expelled from college, changes his name to Mel and has the beautiful Polya for a girlfriend. With delightful retro-musical scenes and cinematography parodying the style of Soviet realism, HIPSTERS is a lush rebel-with-a-cause romance full of intricately choreographed toe-tapping numbers, and plenty of satirical social commentary.
http://www.fandor.com/films/hipsters

TECHNICOLOR FASHION PARADE (1927)



These two-color Technicolor fashion shots were copied from nitrate film many years ago without the benefit of later techniques that minimize blemishes. Even heavily abraded, they're of interest as a portrait of couture in 1927, as a document of color cinematography when the process was still novel and because many of the models were successful Hollywood actresses. The film was found and copied by Murray Glass, one of the best American friends of early cinema. Music by Frederick Hodges.
http://www.fandor.com/films/technicolor_fashion_parade

CHASING BEAUTY (2008)
Dir. Brent Huff | 84 minutes


A rare glimpse into the dark side of modeling, CHASING BEAUTY speaks with supermodels, photographers, agents and the like in a quest to answer one of the industry's most complex questions: What is beauty and is it worth the cost? Each year, thousands of hopefuls begin the pursuit of their modeling dreams, but how many actually succeed, and how long does success last? For many who try, there is no shortage of collateral damage along the way. Beauty is a billion dollar business, but consumers aren't the only ones paying the price.
http://www.fandor.com/films/chasing_beauty

THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT (1982)
Dir. Peter Greenaway | 107 minutes



Set in a richly exaggerated 17th-century England, Peter Greenaway’s sumptuous and sensuously charged brainteaser catapulted him to the forefront of international art cinema. Adorned with intricate wordplay, extravagant costumes and opulent photography, Greenaway’s first narrative feature weaves a labyrinthine mystery around the maxim “draw what you see, not what you know.” An aristocratic wife (Janet Suzman) commissions a young, cocksure draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) to sketch her husband’s property while he is away in exchange for a fee, room and board and one sexual favor for each of the twelve drawings. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings in this seemingly idyllic country home, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder. Bolstered by a majestic score by then-newcomer Michael Nyman and stunning cinematography by Curtis Clark that suggests Greenaway has the elements at his beck and call, THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT is a luscious cinematic banquet for eye, ear and mind.
http://www.fandor.com/films/the_draughtsmans_contract

THE TEMPEST (1979)
Dir. Derek Jarman | 95 minutes


THE TEMPEST, the last of William Shakespeare's great plays, was adapted for the screen for the first time by Derek Jarman in 1979. Among the most visionary of modern film artists, Jarman, who died of AIDS in 1994 at age 52, was one of the first directors (outside the pornography circuit) to present openly gay material in feature-length films. Shot on location at the ancient and ghostly Stoneleigh Abbey, THE TEMPEST tells the story of Prospero the magician, who lives with his nubile daughter on an enchanted island and punishes his enemies when they are shipwrecked there. It's a study of sexual and political power in the guise of a fairy tale. Jarman presents Shakespeare's intricate comedy of magic and revenge in a form that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and an original and dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood pastiche, high camp, and gothic horror. His film recalls the innocent homoeroticism of Pier Paolo Pasolini's versions of classics, while its lush sense of décor and color is worthy of Vincente Minnelli. The film's master stroke is the finale, a wedding feast designed and choreographed as as full scale production number, with the veteran black comedy musical star Elisabeth Welch wafting her way through a chorus of hunky sailors as she belts out "Stormy Weather." It's one of the great scenes in British cinema.
http://www.fandor.com/films/the_tempest

EXTERIOR NIGHT (1993)
Dir. Mark Rappaport | 36 minutes



Using extensive rear projection to remarkable effect (actors, in color, against black and white backgrounds and all photographed in high definition), Mark Rappaport evocatively plays with the themes of noir while contemporizing the stakes involved. In EXTERIOR NIGHT, there is no past. There is no present. There is only the inevitable now.
http://www.fandor.com/films/exterior_night

I, THE WORST OF ALL (1990)
Dir. Maria Luisa Bemberg | 108 minutes


Assumpta Serna stars as the brilliant and beautiful poet Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz in this magnificent portrayal of 17th Century Mexico. In order to pursue her love of writing, Juana enters the convent and gains international renown. When the Inquisition comes, the local Vicereine (Dominique Sanda) becomes Juana's protectress and erotic muse, and soon begins a thrilling romance of startling passion and intensity.
http://www.fandor.com/films/i_the_worst_of_all

CAREFUL (1992)
Dir. Guy Maddin | 99 minutes



Guy Maddin’s early masterpiece takes place in a 19th-century Alpine village where the wary residents (adult, child and animal!) must speak softly and tread lightly lest they cause an avalanche. But sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off incestuous love triangles and quadrangles with deadly consequences. Bathed in lurid, luminescent tints, CAREFUL resembles a vintage melodrama from another planet, something that could only emerge from the singular mind of Maddin.
http://www.fandor.com/films/careful

THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES (2005)
Dir. Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay | 95 minutes


THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES is the breathtakingly beautiful and long-awaited second feature from Stephen and Timothy Quay. On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina is mysteriously killed and abducted by a malevolent Dr. Droz. Felisberto, an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa to service his strange musical automatons. Little by little, Felisberto learns of the doctor's plans to stage a "diabolical opera" and of Malvina's fate. He secretly conspires to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of Droz's perverse universe.
http://www.fandor.com/films/the_piano_tuner_of_earthquakes

THE 10TH VICTIM (1965)
Dir. Elio Petri | 92 minutes



It's the 21st century and society's lust for violence is satisfied by the "Big Hunt," an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport's two top assassins (Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress) are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. As the world watches, the hunt is on. Who will become THE 10TH VICTIM?
http://www.fandor.com/films/the_10th_victim

FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON (1970)
Dir. Mario Bava | 81 minutes


FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is Mario Bava's deliriously mod spin on an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. Bava was so closely associated with the horror genre that this twisting mystery was never released in the U.S. but it is deliciously entertaining all the same. A space age island retreat is visited by a group of friends and business associates, one of whom is a scientist who has invented a revolutionary chemical process, and is fending off various offers to buy it. Soon the vacationers start dying, and the survivors begin to wonder who has the most to gain from these murders most foul. Anything but a drawing room mystery, Bava's erotic thriller is enlivened by its psychedelic set design, a hip score by Piero Umiliani and a swinging performance by giallo goddess Edwige Fenech. 
http://www.fandor.com/films/five_dolls_for_an_august_moon

EVE (1962)
Dir. Joseph Losey | 103 minutes



Welsh writer Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker) seems to have it all, 1960s-style: an international bestseller, an apartment in Rome, a gorgeous fiancée in Virna Lisi. But he's bitter anyway. He meets his existential match in ennui in the mod seductress Eve, played by Jeanne Moreau, who was never more cynical or iconic. Decked out in pointy pumps and heavy eyeliner, listening to Billie Holiday on scratch LPs (intermingled with an evocative score by the legendary Michel Legrand) as she counts lire and smokes endless packs of cigarettes in strangers' bedrooms, she is the epitome of frayed glamor. An emotional tyrant, Eve's cruelly casual maneuvering forces Baker to confront his past and his weaknesses as a man and an artist. Director Joseph Losey disowned this "producers' version" of his film, fifteen minutes shorter than his own cut. That longer version survives in somewhat rougher condition, preserved by the British Film Institute from a Swedish/Finnish release print (with burned-in subtitles).
http://www.fandor.com/films/eva

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW (1965)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini | 136 minutes


The birth, life, teachings and death on the cross of Jesus Christ presented almost as a cinéma-vérité documentary. Pasolini's second feature seemed a strange choice for such a revolutionary director, but it is an attempt to take Christ out of the opulent church and present him as an outcast Italian peasant. Applying Neo-Realist methods, the director shot in Calabria, using the expressive faces of non-professionals including that of his mother as the Virgin Mary. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW is considered the greatest screen version of the "greatest story ever told" and this freshly remastered version brings the film to life in a away that has never been seen before. Nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Music at the 1967 Academy Awards®. 
http://www.fandor.com/films/the_gospel_according_to_saint_matthew

A THROW OF DICE (1929)
Dir. Franz Osten | 76 minutes



A lavish silent super-production comprising 10,000 extras, a thousand horses and scores of elephants, A THROW OF DICE is the climax of German film pioneer Franz Osten's richly cinematic sojourn in India. In this "fairy tale for adults" (BBC) inspired by the ancient Sanskrit epic poem THE MAHABHARATA, royal cousins and rulers of adjoining kingdoms King Sohat (producer/star Himansu Rai) and King Rajit (Charu Roy) share a reckless passion for gambling, the perilous jungle tiger hunt and the beautiful maiden Sunita (Seeta Devi). After a tiger nearly claims Rajit's life, Sunita nurses the handsome young king back to health and becomes his bride. Knowing that the only thing stronger than love in Rajit's heart is a compulsive fascination with games of chance, jealous Sohat challenges his cousin to a winner-take-all contest where the stakes are freedom, marriage and life itself. "Lovingly restored" (The Guardian UK) by the British Film Institute to a level of ravishing spectacle and splendor unseen since its debut in 1929, this "immaculately dressed and beautifully shot" (Times of London) masterpiece of the late silent period is complemented by a "stirring" (Guardian) and "brilliantly evocative new score" (BBC) composed by Nitin Sawhney.
http://www.fandor.com/films/a_throw_of_dice

METROPOLIS (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang | 148 minutes


Incorporating more than twenty-five minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score, the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers, orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.
http://www.fandor.com/films/metropolis

INTOLERANCE (1916)
Dir. D.W. Griffith | 198 minutes



Four separate stories (the fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots and a then-contemporary early 20th Century drama) are interwoven, building with enormous energy to a thrilling chase and finale. Through the juxtaposition of these well-known sagas, D.W. Griffith joyously makes clear his markedly deterministic view of history, namely that the suffering of innocents makes possible the salvation of the current generation, symbolized by the boy in the modern love story.
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TRANSFORMATION BY HATS (1895)
Dir. Auguste Lumière and Louis Lumière | 1 minute


The Lumières stay inside the studio for this delightful portrait of a quick-change artist. Our man fleshes out six distinct costumes in under a minute: from affable ticket-taker to haughty sea captain, long-nosed blowhard to assured financier. Usually noted for their documentary subjects, here the Lumière brothers borrow from the vaudeville tradition.

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