Chikashi Miyamoto

philosopher by training, gentleman by accident, pervert by nature, glutton by choice

Category: films

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Tiffany’s

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, Audrey Hepburn, 1961

You would think that every adult has seen this classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring a spectacularly famous actress. OK, maybe not, but if one is remotely interested in the jewellers Tiffany & Co., then you would think that one may have at least seen the film out of curiosity even if one is not much of a film fan or care about one of the greatest beauties that ever lived. (Or, have read Truman Capote’s book of the same title…)

You would be wrong. Very wrong.

When I was based in New York in the 1990s, every day there was at least one visitor to 727 Fifth Avenue that asked where the restaurant is. Every day, a member of staff politely answered THAT question. They tend not to be visitors from abroad even though there are many international tourists that shop at Tiffany. I am guessing that the situation has not changed after all these years.

I think a reasonable hypothesis is that those who set foot in Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue home in the hopes of eating something have heard of the film title but have never actually seen the film.

If you are one of them, here’s a pro tip: Tiffany does not have a restaurant. And, I’ll save you the trouble of seeing the rather wonderful film. Here’s the spoiler: Holly Golightly, the character played by Audrey Hepburn in the film, has a pastry and coffee OUTSIDE the store, on the sidewalk, as she gazes at the jewellery displayed in the exterior display windows very early in the morning as she makes her way back to her apartment from a night of parties. If you like, you can do that too, dressed in an Hubert de Givenchy dress. However, remember to consume your food and beverage outside the store, not in the store.

I once overheard a visitor posing THAT question to one of the security officers, and upon hearing the reply, she said:

‘Oh…  Are you sure?

I had to turn away in the hopes that she would not see me shaking violently in a futile effort to suppress my laughter.

Please spread the word. You might be doing someone a favour, particularly since many will be visiting New York between Thanksgiving and Christmas to shop.

The Last Bond (?)

Spectre, Daniel Craig’s last stint as 007.

Possibly the last edition of the James Bond franchise.

Bond is being dressed by a dress designer. His boss and a muscular adversary are being dressed by a Savile Row tailor, Timothy Everest.

I am so happy about spring arriving, but I cannot wait for autumn.

The 50th Anniversary Premiere Gala Screening of Zulu, 10 June 2014

Unfortunately, I am unable to go, but for those who can make it to Leicester Sq, hurry and get your tickets, booking for which ends on Monday, 9 June.

Sentebale’s Founding Patron, Prince Harry will join a host of well-known faces on the red carpet at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary premiere gala screening of Zulu.

The much-loved, iconic film which has been digitally remastered, dramatizes the events at Rorke’s Drift between the British Army and the Zulu Battalions in January 1879, and tells the story of how 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded in a single action where 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded, fielded 4000 Zulu warriors.

Guests will be treated to viewing the film as never seen before and will allow those attending to enjoy behind the scenes footage, entertainment from the Zulu choir, Amabutho, and from the Welsh Guards Male Voice Choir.

The event is benefiting three charities in recognition of their work in Africa:  Sentebale, Walking with the Wounded, and The David Rattray Memorial Trust.

So 80s, Yet So Timeless

Tatjana, Linda, Christy, Naomi, Bruce, André, Yasmin, Suzy’s hair, Veronica, Alaïa, Ellen.

And, of course, Patte à Pouf.

Often copied but never equalled.

Harlem, 1970s

Two words: Super Fly.

Time to watch some Pam Grier films…

An Abridged History of the Tour of Flanders

Just a little bit of history before the amateur version tomorrow… If you are participating, then I hope you can make it up Molenberg, Koppenberg and Paterberg without dismounting because there is sure to be some congestion and lots of riders stalling and falling off their bikes — I hope I won’t be one of them…

 

 

 

Needles and Ink, Shears and Needles

Tilda Swinton looks very cool wearing the bespoke suit that underpins the spring / summer 2014 Timothy Everest x Horiyoshi III ready-to-wear men’s collection that made its debut Monday night. For a report of the evening, go here and here. Regrettably, I was unable to attend the launch…

FINDHORN is a short film by Johnnie Shand Kydd that captures the essence of bespoke and its effects on the wearer. It is a conceptual exploration into two crafts at the opposite side of the spectrum brought together for the first time and realised in a two-piece garment.

Drawing parallels between the shapes and forms of Tilda Swinton’s local landscape, the viewer sees exaggerated movements echoing the shapes a bespoke client experiences during the fitting process.

In search of the perfect tattoo, white on white becomes a key theme.

Wearing a deconstructed jacket and trouser fashioned from the purest white wool, the subtle luminosity and fluidity of the cloth is juxtaposed against brightly billowing scarves and bleached out-sand dunes. Over obvious basting stitches draw attention to the processes used in bespoke.

I have not quite tried those moves in Spitalsfields, never mind in Scotland, but I take the film as an encouragement to do the same at the next opportunity?

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