Back to the grind finally after being away and relaxing for a good two months! Vacation was swell, it was nice to see family and friends in Belgrade, and Amsterdam was phenomenal, to say the least. Everything was absolutely stunning and I've never fallen more in love with a city in my life! I'll make sure to add photos soon enough, as everything looks like it came out of a fairy tale.
Now, for the movie business. I've been sitting and racking my brain trying to decide what movie or show I should do my next costume review on, and then came across a gem of a TV show on Netflix: Mr. Selfridge.
Three words to describe this show? Oh.My.God.
Those hats, those fabrics, those chocolates!
I don't want to give too much away, but the show (which is based on the book Shopping, Seduction, and Mr. Selfridge) essentially revolves around the creation of the first ever department store, Selfridge and Co. The owner of the store (Mr. Selfridge himself), is an American that has come to London in the 1910s, in hopes of creating a new shopping experience for the world.
It's really interesting to see how the theory behind a department store comes together, I can't even imagine how dull shopping must have been like prior to Selfridges. It just seems absolutely bizarre to only buy items out of utility purposes and not guilty personal pleasure.
Look how excited everyone is to shop. This would be me, basically.
As a viewer you also get to witness the first ever idea of a massive store-wide sale that every shopper now holds dearly in their hearts, as well as the first ever creative window displays, which are a gem to see.
And the costumes? A delight. The show's costume designer, James Keast really captured Edwardian fashions of the time, especially for the females. The show is filled with fancy millinery, choker necklaces, and over-the-top dresses. The cool thing is is that as time progresses in the second season, as do the fashion trends! The colour palettes of the characters are suddenly brighter, furs are being worn more and more (probably due to colonial ties between Britain and Canada at the time), and conversations about big-name designers of that era are being had such as Paul Poiret, for example.
I totally sound like a complete geek but this show genuinely excites me so much. We take all these elements of modern day shopping for granted, and it's so cool to finally see how they came to be. Throw in a little bit of sex and scandal into the mix and this show will have you hooked. Even my boyfriend, who could care less about becoming educated on fashion adored the show and couldn't stop watching.
The 3rd season starts in March, so I highly recommend all of you get hooked on it immediately and then share your thoughts with me :)
Happy binging everyone!