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The Iron Lady and Her Style

In the slightest chance that you haven’t seen The Iron Lady yet – go tonight!

For those of us who made it our abnormal obsession to go to the cinema as soon as the movie came out, The Iron Lady is one of the most emotional, truthful and powerful films of this season. It portrays the story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman full of ambition, in constant prevail of control over her nation. The Iron Lady offers a recount of events in our history, events which a single lady instigated by making harsh decisions in times when all she had was her own belief in righteousness. Twenty one years after the end of her leadership, Margaret Thatcher is reincarnated in the film, which follows her story from a grocer’s daughter, to becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister, to her tragic decline into the life of dementia (all tangled within an undiluted love story).

The film is inspiring, shoving you to be better than yourself and only perfected acting and believable characters can give you that tickly feeling in your belly after seeing a movie. Luckily the director of The Iron Lady, Phyllida Lloyd, couldn’t have done a better job at choosing the person to embrace the character of Lady Margaret Thatcher and do it justice on screen. Meryl Streep is by far one of the best actresses of our time, and we at Make Me Beautiful love her performance. Fingers crossed for the Oscar!

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep’s magnificent job in the film undergoes numerous transformations. Starting from a fairly young but experienced Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, through to becoming the Iron Lady of the 80s, and into the age of present day, where Meryl Streep portrays an older and weaker version of the sovereignty that the Prime Minister once rendered.

Of course Meryl Streep had a lot of help to certify this believable metamorphosis into Lady Margaret Thatcher. Teams of people were responsible for Streep’s perfect execution of Maggie’s accent, lip pouts, hand gestures and voice tonality. Margaret Thatcher might not have been popular for her fashion tips, but it was essential that Meryl Streep portrayed her truthfully, and that is exactly what she did.

At the head of Streep’s styling team was costume designer Consolata Boyle, who was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA award after her work in the film, The Queen. Boyle delved into the style of the Baroness, and according to Phillida Lloyd, Boyle had “an extraordinary vision for how to not just replicate but to make some poetic sense of the journey of her clothes.” Blue was the colour with which Lady Thatcher will be remembered, and in the film Consolata Boyle makes it into a gradual story. Starting off with young Margaret (played by Alexandra Roach), who wears light blue two piece suit; as the film progresses, Boyle dresses Meryl Streep in darker nuances of blue, asserting her character’s growing responsibilities and power. Thatcher once said that her handbag is the only safe place in Downing Street, and it soon became the symbol of her governing approach. A Salvatore Ferragamo handbag once owned by the Baroness was sold for £83,110 in 2000 and another one for £25,000 in 2011; so Consolata Boyle quickly acknowledged that a similar bag must cast in the film. Streep is seen toting the practical, but extremely elegant Ferragamo handbag, as well as wearing the label’s Carla pump, a court shoe of moderate heel height, with almost unnoticeable brand detailing along the toes.

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Here at Make Me Beautiful we are all about the earrings, and of course Consolata Boyle didn’t disappoint. She decked Meryl Streep in gorgeous clip-ons, staying fairly safe with the classics that Thatcher preferred, such as pearl clip on earrings and diamonds. In The Iron Lady we see a repetition of designs, but selected to perfect the image of the Baroness; oversized pearls placed inside a gold frame hang off Streep’s ears, capturing the essence of Thatcher’s love for natural beads (like the pearl necklace she wore on so many occasions).

One of the lovable facets of Maggie’s character was that she never tried to become ‘one of the boys’. Rather she remodelled herself to command the respect of male politicians both here in the UK and around the world. Margaret Thatcher and the women of her era were part of a pioneering generation who, for the first time in history, took positions of authority at the most senior level and met men as equals. To all women who aspire to change the world for the better, who intend to do something about the wrongs of this world and who intend to leave the world a better place than when they entered it, Margaret Thatcher may have a style lesson or two in how to make oneself heard and not just seen. Some of our favourite style edits for every aspiring executive include:

Rodney Holman Gold Plated Pearl Clip On Earrings

Rodney Holman Gold Plated Pearl Clip On Earrings

Baby Button Pearl Clip On Earrings - Gold Back 1cm

Baby Button Pearl Clip On Earrings - Gold Back 1cm

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Iconic Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Iconic Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

The Iron Lady has been nominated for four BAFTA Awards:

  • Original Screenplay – Abi Morgan
  • Make Up & Hair – Marese Langan
  • Leading Actress – MERYL STREEP
  • Supporting Actor – JIM BROADBENT

We will keep you posted after the BAFTA awards ceremony, which is held in London on February 12, 2012.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewellery Sets a World Record at Auction

Elizabeth Taylor‘s iconic jewellery was auctioned at Christie’s in New York last month for prices which exceeded all expectations. When the hammer went down for the last time that night, the auction had accumulated a record breaking £74,196,480, the world record for most valuable private collection of jewels ever sold at an auction.

In her book My Love Affair with Jewellery, Elizabeth Taylor wrote that she “never, never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home.”

And that’s exactly what happened. First lot from Taylor’s collection was a gold and gem bracelet, which went for £208,960 (estimated at £16,000 – £21,000).  Fifty or so items later, the Taj Mahal ruby and gold chain by Cartier was sold for £5,643,840, and set the world record for an Indian Jewel, by breaking its estimated price of £190,000 by twenty times.

Then came the La Peregrina necklace, a diamond, ruby and pearl rope with one of the finest pearls in the world hanging off a 16th century pear-shaped silver pendant. The necklace was sold for £7,579,200, which was followed by an exciting round of applause by the auctioneers, who were all anxiously awaiting to get a glimpse of the item to come – the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.

The 33.29 carat Asscher-cut diamond ring was without a doubt the star of the show. It was given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1968, and she wore it nearly every day. The monstrous in size diamond fetched £5,643,840, bought by an anonymous lucky lady.

“This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewellery ever assembled in one place, and Christie’s is honoured to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.

Interestingly, Elizabeth Taylor’s clip earring collection found incredible interest. For example these Gold Topped Aluminium Ear Clips by JAR Paris…

Elizabeth Taylor's Gold Ear Clips

Elizabeth Taylor’s Gold Ear Clips (©Christies)

…were estimated at $1,000 – $1,500. They sold for $37,500! Elizabeth wore both pierced and clip on earrings, often letting the beauty of the design be the deciding factor as to which she wore. If you were going to make your jewellery collection and heirloom, what would you put into it?