‘The Bling Ring’ may seem like a vaguely dubious title, until you see the credentials. Written by successful American journalist Nancy Jo Sales of ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ notoriety, the book was an expansion on her award winning magazine feature ‘The Suspects Wore Louboutins’ from 2010. Published last month by Harper Collins, the book is set to make waves as the shocking true tale is based upon a series of crimes in which a group of seven wealthy teenagers burgled the homes of various A-list Hollywood celebrities. By tracking the stars whereabouts via several online platforms, the already rich young adults enabled themselves to steal over three million dollars worth of belongings. What is so intriguing is that a selection of individuals who many would consider to already have everything that they could ever possibly wish for would conspire to perform repeated high profile burglaries when there was so much on the line for them to lose.
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My problem is this: I’m facing the impossible decision of deciding whether it is best to read the book or watch the film first. On the 5th July, our cinemas will be filled with the on-screen adaption of this fame-infatuated story. Of course I have plenty of time to read my glossy paperback before that date, but Sofia Coppola has directed the cinematic portrayal, and so I’m expecting great things. If the likes of ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘Marie Antionette’ are anything to go by, then the ever-fashionable Academy Award nominated director is most likely to have created a visually impressive future firm favourite to add to my constantly expanding list. Who wouldn’t want to watch a bunch of overly spoilt party loving brats crash and burn as they draw no lines in their pursuit of getting ‘the lifestyle everyone wants’?
One of fashion’s latest favourites, Emma Watson stars as Nicki, one of the gang members. If you’ve read my past blog posts, you’ll know that the actress has moved past her Hermoine hangover in my books since her performance in fantastic ‘The Perks Of Being a Wallflower’. Prepare for the cinematic production absolutely loaded with luxurious designer clothing, lustworthy shoes, and of course plenty of bedazzling ‘bling’. Consider that the real life victims included stars such as Miranda Kirr, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and Megan Fox, and you’ll start to get an impression of the serious price tags involved.
Costume designer Stacey Battatt of hit TV series ‘Girls’ and ‘Country Strong’, once again joins Sofia Coppola, after previously working together on the set of ‘Somewhere’. Considering that the original crimes took place in 2008 and 2009, it will be interesting to see whether fashions have been revived from archives, or replaced with this season’s garments. Either way, there is sure to be great styling and glamour galore.
By Sophie Seymour