Diana Vreeland declared, “Pink is the navy blue of India, ”and that is exactly what this riotously red Anaak maxi dress with delightful ruffles imagines.
It’s a hot red and pink love letter from India in the hues of celebration. It evokes thoughts of carefree holidays, wandering around the Uffizi Gallery looking at busts of Roman Emperors on a Monday afternoon or perhaps a gentle walk in parts of Italy that are unspoiled by mass tourism such as the Marche and Ciociaria.
If ever a dress could make a girl happy, it’s this fluttering red and pink wil ‘o’ wisp sustainable fashion masterpiece in sumptuous silk by slow luxury fashion house Anaak. This is a forever dress to pluck from a capacious trunk as Spring gives way to long high summer days. One day you can pass it on as a family modern vintage heirloom. There are just a few left in the sale here. Alas, in tiny sizes. However, we love it so much it is more for inspiration and to transport you.
Here is an equally lovely alternative from this summer’s collection – the oh so pretty Anneka dress in a muted shade of coral-pink muslin with a carefully shaped bodice that gives way to a sweet cascade of ruffles.
Every artisanal, handcrafted piece in Anaak’s collection by textile designer Marisa Maximo is a fair partnership between artisan makers in rural India and Bolivia.
This thoughtful sustainable fashion house uses eco-friendly azo-free dyes, makes in small batches and champions the beauty of natural fibres.
Lock Me Down with Thor Star, Chris Hemsworth
No surprise that film stars playing heroic figures in epic films are the kind of men we women want to spend our time in social isolation with, that or man who can make us laugh.
Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor and Avengers is the film star most female film fans would love to spend their time in social lockdown with. While No Time to Die, the new James Bond film is the most anticipated film release of the year, with Daniel Craig reprising the role of the mercurial secret agent for one last time.
It seems we gravitate to heroic characters in times of national crisis. However, there is one fascinating proviso. Given a choice between a physically attractive film icon or a star who can make us laugh, almost half of women polled would opt for a man who can make us laugh rather than good looks, whilst men would choose physical beauty.
No one put it better than Audrey Hepburn when it comes to the importance of laughter.
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
There are also some intriguing national variations. Dwayne Johnson, the Rock in the Fast and the Furious film franchise, came a close second to Christ Hemsworth, but in Scotland, it is Dwayne who wins women’s hearts.
While John Depp shows his enduring status as a much-loved film icon and star of iconic films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands by coming third in the nationwide poll.
Other film stars who feature high on the list of lockdown stars include Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence, with the two female stars gaining equal stellar billing amongst fans.
One fascinating fact is that the national pass-time of going to see a film on the big screen is still a hugely loved and popular activity with 25% of UK Film lovers planning to go the cinema within a week of social isolation ending. Our most missed activities are seeing family (61%), Going out with friends (56%), travelling (47%) and visiting the cinema (36%).
Twice as many film fans would rather spend lockdown with a funny actor or actress (32%) than a physically attractive actor or actress (15%), the study reveals. While men mostly voted to spend their lockdown with a physically attractive movie star (22.5%), women overwhelmingly opted to spend it with a funny actor (42%).
UK film fans can’t wait to start going to the cinema again, with a quarter of the 2,000 UK adults polled saying they will visit the cinema to get their movie fix within 7 days of cinemas opening after the lockdown. A further 27% say they will be back watching their favourite movie on the big screen within a month.
“The new James Bond movie – No Time To Die – is the one movie Brits really want to see. Around 47% of those polled listed it as the one movie they really want to see when the lockdown is over.”
One in 10 Londoners will visit the cinema on the first day after lockdown ends with a further 23% saying they will visit the cinema more after lockdown than they did previously.
In East Anglia, the movie star most people want to spend lockdown with is Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp. But in the East Midlands, they want to be locked down with Will Smith.
THE TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES IN THE UK
James Bond: No Time to Die
Top Gun: Maverick
Wonder Woman 1984
Peter Rabbit 2
A Quiet Place 2
The Secret Garden
Minions 2: Rise of Gru
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