Diana: Her Fashion Story: I’ve never visited Kensington Palace and it’s at the top of my London to do list. Just this past week, a new exhibit opened celebrating the fashion of Diana, Princess of Wales. Among the beauties on display is the iconic velvet gown she wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House. I treasured this book when it came out and can’t wait to see her legendary outfits in person. The exhibit is open until 2018.
Amelie on Broadway: If you loved the French film Amelie, then you’ll be excited to learn a musical version opens on Broadway this spring. The show stars Phillipa Soo of Hamilton fame as Amelie and is sure to charm. I hope we can get to Manhattan sometime soon, because I would love to see it. Amelie the musical opens March 9 at the Walker Kerr Theater.
Viceroy’s House: I’ve long been fascinated by the history of India and Pakistan and this new film looks to be right up my alley. Focusing on the end of British Imperialism in India, Viceroy’s House stars Hugh Bonneville (how I miss Downtown Abbey!) as Lord Mountbatten, India’s last Viceroy, and Gillian Anderson as his wife. I’m dying to visit India, but two-hours of British-Indian historical drama will have to do for now. In cinemas March 3.
Oscar de la Renta Stamps: The United States Postal Service has unveiled chic new stamps honoring the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. One is a black and white portrait of the man himself and ten others feature details of his famous gowns. I’m going to ask my mom to pick some up on the chance we move back to the States. Snail mail chic, indeed.
Bunny Mellon’s Shlumberger Jewels: Next stop, Virginia! Socialite Bunny Mellon left her stunning collection of Schlumberger jewels to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and now, you can see them in person. The 142-piece collection is on exhibit at the Richmond-based museum and is the largest public collection of works by the French artist-designer. Open until June 18, 2017.
Z: The Beginning of Everything: Have you checked out this show? I’ve heard great things about the Amazon series starring Christina Ricci as jazz age darling Zelda Fitzgerald. The entire first season was released for streaming in January and is based on the novel Z by Therese Anne Fowler. The show begins with Zelda meeting her future husband, F. Scott. I’m hoping to start the first episode tonight.