I was thinking what movie we could watch with Bianca, when she comes to visit next weekend... Girls only! And BOOM! I remembered one of my favorite movies of the past five years - A Single Man (2009).
If you still haven't seen it, you will love the style of Tom Ford, and if you are curious about the 1960s in LA, plus all the amazing cars, fashion and design - you won't be disapointed.
And it's not all about Colin Firth, Julianne Moore is also stunning in this movie! My favorite quote from her (about a new year's resolution):
"More smoking, more drinking and screw it all. So, come, mix me up a drink. I'll have a gin and tonic, please, and watch out baby!"
One of the first scenes in the movie where George is getting ready for work reminds me of secretly watching Luca to get ready in the morning.
"It takes time in the morning for me to become George, time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave. By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I'm supposed to play."
Some interesting facts about the movie:
* Tom Ford financed the movie himself.
* The movie was shot in just 21 days.
* "India", the dog that George sees in the car, belongs to Tom Ford.
During the DVD commentary Tom Ford says that when the little neighbour girl, Jennifer, speaks with George in the bank, a lot of it is based on Ford's own childhood. For example, she has a pet scorpion because Ford and his sister also had one when they were little; her older brother is named "Tom" because Ford's own first name is Tom; she speaks about her brother Tom giving her hair treatments with eggs because that was what Ford did for his own sister many times in the past; and she obviously says that her brother Tom is "light in his loafers" (a euphemism for being gay) because Ford himself is homosexual.
Contrary to popular belief, Tom Ford did not design the costumes of the movie. Arianne Phillips did.
Colin Firth's character George mentions in a conversation with Nicholas Hoult that he once took mescaline and ended up shaving off one of his eyebrows. This actually happened to the director Tom Ford; he was taking the drug with Stephen Spender and when he went home, he looked in the mirror and "thought it was taking over his face".
I found this conversation to be even more amusing after moving to London:
George: The bathroom's just down the hall, if you'd like to take a shower.
Kenny: Aren't you taking a shower too, Sir?
George: Oh I'm fine, I'm English, we like to be cold and wet.
I would give it 9/10 points - IMDB gives it 7.6/10 , close enough.
Because I can't see anything without my glasses, I am obviously obsessed with all different kinds of eyewear possible. This movie was also a big inspiration for my new pair of specs. I wanted to change my old Chanels for a pair of Tom Ford glasses, but then I found another brand called Chrome Hearts and went for these instead. I'll have to now choose what kind of Tom Fords to get myself as a Christmas 2014 present :)
For some eyewear inspiration check out our pinterest board "4 eyes" http://www.pinterest.com/puravidalondon/4-eyes/