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Pickn'Telling with Dalit Fiction Review: No Way to Kill a Lady

Pickn'Telling with Dalit Fiction Review: No Way to Kill a Lady | Fashion and  Detectives | Scoop.it
Like any family old enough to have its own “Washington slept here” story, Philadelphia’s Blackbirds have plenty of skeletons in the closet—but right now it’s the newly discovered one in an elevator. Nora Blackbird with her cool couture wardrobe and with the aid of her sisters sets out to solve this mystery. Unfortunately readers won't find that much of a mystery in this book, but perhaps, the great clothes and high society teasing, will make up for this instead.
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Here is a fun read for the holiday season, (the story itself taking place just before Christmas), finally a mystery solver that truly understands fashion. 

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The Killing new episodes of the final series- soon to come

The Killing new episodes of the final series- soon to come | Fashion and  Detectives | Scoop.it

Like the second series, this Killing mystery lasts 10 episodes,  and for those of us that think that this is more of the same- well think again. 

 

For one, Lund's trademark heavy knitwear, is briefly usurped by a uniform with shining buttons and braid  and the series addresses the question of a partner while  only partly revealing her history and past events.

 

Lund's state of mind has always owed a great deal to the progress of her current investigations – a situation that many viewers, hooked by The Killing's brilliantly plotted mysteries, might recognise. But it is the show's preoccupation with issues beyond the traditional "whodunnit" that elevates it above other crime dramas.  Let us hope that this third and final series will keep its standard by story telling and acting, if not by Sarah Lund's taste for style and fashion. 

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Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren terrifically entertaining in 'Hitchcock'

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren terrifically entertaining in 'Hitchcock' | Fashion and  Detectives | Scoop.it

I cannot wait to see the new movie "Hitchcock" with Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins! This brilliant filmmaker behind "Rear Window," "Notorious," "Vertigo" and many others is played by Anthony Hopkins in loads of makeup and padding. Hitchcock was obsessive about his stars, especially beauties such as Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren and more.

Standing next to but mostly behind Hitchcock through the decades, and having to stomach all of those blondes or fake blondes, was his wife Alma Reville, a talented writer and editor played by the wonderful Helen Mirren. Bringing Alma to life as someone who is fearless with her bully of a director-spouse is a natural role for the strong Mirren but I would like to imagine that had he a wife like her in his life- she would have gone to the front stage with and next to him.

For all those ardent lovers of Hitchcock movies, like me, this is a must-movie with the bonus of a wonderful cast of actors and a story that unfolds in 1959 with the magnificent fashion of this era.

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Sherlock- A truly fashionable detective

Sherlock- A truly fashionable detective | Fashion and  Detectives | Scoop.it

When it came to picking an inspiration of a current Tv detective, the answer is really quite elementary: BBC’s hit show Sherlock is smart, gripping, and surprisingly stylish. The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the original bromance/dynamic detecting duo, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

 

Sherlock is a self-described high-functioning sociopath with incredibly astute powers of observation and deduction. Despite his keen ability to understand other human beings and their actions, he distances himself from the world. In his mind, the rules of society don’t apply to him.

 

While the man himself is incredibly mysterious, his wardrobe is not hard to decipher. For someone who is utterly absorbed in science and logic (and supposedly has zero interest in fashion), Sherlock is quite well dressed and favors streamlined fits and a dark palette of black, navy, purple, and gray.

 

To get his look, start off with the all-important black coat: this mid-length trench is totally timeless. Pair a refined purple blouse with a sleek faux leather skirt, then add a sleeveless jacket for a feminine take on a menswear suit. Finally, a hot pink iPhone case echoes the pink phone that Sherlock acquires in the first episode.

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