Snow White and her expressionless mug

Egg, hotdogs and rice on a sizzling plate

Egg, hotdogs and rice on a sizzling plate

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Dairy Queen sundaeI’m fine with cheat days. Saturdays and Sundays are admittedly the scariest days of the week because I know that I can’t escape eating with my SO, Mon. He’s extremely eagle-eyed of what I take in and we even had a heated argument last Saturday because of this. I was finally able to voice out my feelings about him watching over what I eat and the reasons why I have an ideal body image. We were finally able to find a middle ground, but just an extra measure, I reiterated that I did not want him mentioning anything about whatever it is that I’m doing and we should just carry on with our normal lives. Case closed. Hopefully.

But yesterday, without three days of exercise, I felt quite guilty of eating this grease fest on a sizzling plate. The caramel sundae from Dairy Queen was okay, though. However, what followed inside the cinema  was different — it was junk food galore. I opted not to drink any iced tea and brought water instead.

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Snow White and the Huntsman tickets

 

We watched Snow White and the Huntsman in Gateway Cineplex and it was quite good. I’m no big fan of Kristen Stewart, and the last movie of hers that I reluctantly watched was “New Moon”. It was a very embarrassing experience queuing outside the cinema with a bunch of diehard Twilight fans. If only I had an “I was just dragged to watch this!” shirt, I would have worn it. I thought I was going to die of shame. Melodrama aside and objectively speaking, I really had a hard time differentiating the heroine’s expression in Snow White. I did not know whether she was delighted, exasperated, desperate, livid or what. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, however, were both exceptional in their respective roles. I sympathized more with the dramatic outburst by Chris more than Kristen’s battle cry.

Aside from Charlize’s excellent acting, I can’t help but comment on how magnificent the queen’s wardrobe was. Of all her ensemble during the movie, I felt most partial towards her first grand outfit: the white, tightly-corseted one with the skeleton-sleeves detail.

Charlize Theron white corset bodice and skeleton sleeves

Charlize Theron with white corset bodice and skeleton sleeves

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And since we’re already on the subject of style, I was shocked to see that Lily Cole was in the movie! I know that I’ve seen the trailer inside the movie house a million times for the past few months, but I never paid attention to the lady on this particular scene:

Lily Collins and Charlize Theron

Lily Collins and Charlize Theron

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I might be the only person inside who reacted upon seeing her, which was really funny because I gasped quite out loud.

This movie had the greatest and most wonderful costumes I’ve seen for quite some time. Upon Google-ing who the costume designer was, of course it was Colleen Atwood. She was the Academy Award-winning costume designer for Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago and Alice in Wonderland. Speaking of costume designers, I can’t help but remember another realization of this fairy tale a few months back: Mirror, Mirror. I know it is unfair to compare how the costumes were depicted from both movie, given that Snow White and the Huntsman delved more into the darker facet of the fairy tale, while Mirror, Mirror went to the traditional G-Rated route. Atwood gave cleaner lines, with lots of metallics and somber colors to the queen. On the latter, it was another Academy Award-winner, Eiko Ishioka (rest in peace) whose costumes anchored on the 18th century style, with a generous usage of panniers à la Marie Antoinette, in various shades of cheerful and bright colors.

Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror, costume design by Eiko Ishioka

Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror, costume design by Eiko Ishioka

 

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For the record, I adore Ishioka’s costumes in Mirror, Mirror, particularly Lily Collins’ swan costume during the ball/masquerade.

Lily Collins' Swan Dress Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka

Lily Collins’ Swan Dress in Mirror Mirror

 

(Photo from peoplestylewatch.com)

However, I was not enthralled by the protagonist’ last costume. I know I’m colorblind and I’m easily pleased by colors.  I just did not like the combination of all these colors in one outfit, particularly the arm sleeves and the fabric explosion on the back. The details on the neckline was very good though.

Lily Collins' final gown: Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka

Lily Collins’ final gown in Mirror Mirror

 

(Photo from shoppingblog.com)

All in all, if I would be forced to choose between the costume design of the two films, I would pick Atwood’s. I’m particularly partial towards metallics on neutral colors and sleeker designs and all Charlize Theron’s costumes were enough to gravitate me towards them.

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