Monday, 21 February 2011
I didn't think that it was actually possible for me to fall anymore in love with the beautiful, ivory-skinned, chocolate-haired fashion icon that is K-Stew, but after seeing her star in The Runaways last week, I realised that it totally was. Like most people, I first found out about Kristen Stewart when she stole the show as Bella in Twilight. Well, ok, it was actually Robert Pattinson who really stole the show for me and who subsequently caused me to read all the books and embark on my Twilight/Edward Cullen obsession (that was the first time I realised it is totally possible to fall THAT much in love with a fictional character...) but you know what I mean. If Edward was my hot man/vampire crush (or should I say love of my life ;-)) Bella was my effortless style/beauty crush. I was awed at the way Kristen could look so beautiful in such a laid-back, casual, effortless, non try-hard way. I lusted after the way her flawless, luminous pale skin glowed in the dimness, the way her chocolate brown waves fell effortlessly around her face. I even liked the simplicity of her wardrobe; the khaki parkas, the dark denim, the faded, checked shirts. The effortless style only seemed to emphasise her natural, un-made up beauty. She was the perfect Bella- beautiful but without even realising it. I think that is one of the main things I love about Kristen and the way she plays Bella- she isn't this perfect, all-American cookie-cutter teen with a cute giggle and a flirtatious smile. Bella strikes you as awkward, reluctant, a little unsure of herself but confident at the same time; in an 'I'm an outsider but that's cool' sort of way. You get the impression that she has no idea how stunning she really is, and doesn't really care much about it either. She's the perfect heroine, because she's not the sort of character that you think would fall head-over -heels in love with the mysterious, dreamy, heart-stoppingly beautiful Vampire boy. But she does- against all her better instincts- and that's what I think makes it that more exciting, and what stops the film from being cheesy.Bella and Edward are both beautiful but in non- stereo typical ways- she's an shy, slightly awkward high school teen with out the Hollywood tan and cheerleader outfit, and he's really a dangerous predator that has to fight the urge to bite into her flesh every second he's near her. Heart-meltingly romantic, but with a dangerous twist :-)
I fell in love with the whole look and feel of the film; the awkward, disjointed editing, the hazy palette of woody greens and blues, the green light filtering through the mossy trees on the Forks forests, the slow, hypnotic way that the story and the romance unfolds. It all captures that intense, intoxicating, mind-altering feeling of adolescent infatuation so brilliantly. Not to mention the music...I can't hear Bella's lullaby without feeling like I'm sitting beside Edward, watching him play it to me on the piano...
But anyway, before I go on any more about what a Twilight addict I am, let's get on to The Runaways. I'd been looking forward to seeing the film literally since I first discovered Twilight two summers ago, when I kept reading about how Kristen was going to be taking on the exciting role of 70's rocker Joan Jett.Sadly though, I felt that the film didn't live up to it's potential. It didn't really go very deep into the lives of the characters and it all felt kind of on the surface and flashy. Joan was depicted as this troubled, rebellious young girl who turned to drugs and a life of rock and roll, but it didn't really explain why she was like that, where she had come from and what she had been through to make her want to rebel so much. I felt like there were a lot of missed opportunities to go deeper into the story behind the band. However, I thought Kristen's performance was fantastic, as was Dakota Fanning's. The thing that really made the film for me though, was of course the fashion. Here are some of the looks I've been loving since I saw it :-)
Watch this space for some Runaways- inspired outfits coming right up..!
Lots of love, The Porcelain Princess