Fashion in Film: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Would you stop staring at my luggage? Yes, it’s Louis Vuitton!

When costume designer Suzy Benzinger began to plan the wardrobe for Blue Jasmine, her fifth movie with director Woody Allen, she panicked. Allen wanted only the best for Cate Blanchett’s downtrodden socialite character — Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton — all on a budget of $35,000.

"When I read the script, panic set in," Benzinger said. "I thought, there is no way this film can be done. Ultimately, I just lay myself at the feet of the designers. I was on the phone all day begging."

Two essentials for Blanchett’s character were her Chanel jacket and Hermès Birkin bag. Benzinger studied the way female celebrities carry their bags like a shield in front of their bodies, a habit which Jasmine possesses throughout the film. Hermès was more than happy to allow Benzinger to have her pick of Birkins (quite a feat given the bag’s cost and mile-long waiting list). Karl Lagerfeld was also willing to provide the classic tweed jacket seen on Blanchett in multiple scenes.

"We called Karl Lagerfeld in the middle of the Paris collections and, I have to say, he was an angel," Benzinger said. "Chanel phoned back immediately and asked, ‘Which one do you want?’ I actually drew out a Chanel jacket, if you can believe it. I said, ‘This one.’ And the package arrived in two days."

However, Benzinger hit a snag when Louis Vuitton was not as forthcoming to provide the film’s pièce de résistance. She needed the iconic luggage set, but the brand refused unless they could read the script ahead of time (a big no-no). Fortunately, Blanchett had just opened a Louis Vuitton store in Australia and, after a month of begging, managed to persuade the brand to donate the items that served as Jasmine’s last connection to her old life.


Cloud Atlas (2012) (x)

Directors: Andy & Lana Wachoswki, Tom Twyker

Cinematographer: Frank Griebe & John Toll

Screenwriters: Andy & Lana Wachoswki, Tom Twyker

I have a ridiculous, passionate love for this movie. It’s completely underrated and very, very beautiful.

Read the Cloud Atlas screenplay here.

See the rest of my screenplay collection here.

Talk about decoration…… Here is a look at the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Danube.

From a small little Manufacture to a helping hand from some of the top Manufactures, G & B knock this one out of the park. 

A lot of work and love went to it to this highly decorated and beautiful time piece. The Blue Danube is featured in a Platinum case and minute repeater and split second chrono all made by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & CO. The movement is highly decorated with a skeleton decoration and rhodium plated. The dial is done with a Breguet frosted finish and sterling silver. For such a small Independent house, their vision is very BIG!

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Monthly News Roundup: Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot, George Daniels and Roger Smith, Speake-Marin, MB&F, Arnold & Son, Jaquet Droz, Grieb & Benzinger, Chronoswiss


Horological news roundup from August: Please click link for more:

This month’s news roundup includes a complicated new timepiece by Audemars Piguet, a famous wrist wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot Genève’s latest high-profile partnership, George Daniels and Roger Smith’s only serial timepiece up at auction, Speake-Marin worn by the world’s most famous spy, MB&F’s MusicMachine 2, Arnold & Son s elegant ultra-thin tourbillon in a new case, Jaquet Droz latest timepiece, a unique bespoke timepiece containing an historical movement by Grieb & Benzinger, and a wristwatch Chronoswisshas created to auction off for charity.

Jochen Benzinger Engraved Dragon Watch On The Wrist - here’s something a little different from the Watchbuys Road Show in Pasadena, CA, where Matt Diehl has been checking out some German watches - The Chinese Year of the Dragon is a couple years past now (2012), but it saw dragon-themed watches across the world, the coolness of which endures in a piece like this. GRIEB & BENZINGER are known for fine engraving and highly decorated dials and movements… see more Benzinger handiwork: and you will find more than a couple dragons among our collection of - some funny, some beautiful - Animal-Themed Watches: @grieb_benzinger
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GRIEB & BENZINGERBlue DRAGON Imperial Limited Edition

GRIEB & BENZINGER’s bespoke timepieces that reflect the highest pinnacle of customisation are widely appreciated by elite and affluent people all over the world. These highly expensive and one of a kind mechanical timepieces are produced by incorporating rich traditional methods, precious materials, hand crafting and cutting edge technologies.

The Reverse Side 😍⌚️😍 “Time is forever, The UAE is Forever, Our Love for Baba Zayed is Forever” By @arniehira
For some time now, it has been our dream and vision to create something of artistic value in memory for Abu Dhabi and of course all of the UAE. So we @simplyabudhabi decided to form a partnership with German Luxury Watchmakers Grieb & Benzinger and together have created this beautiful Baba Zayed timepiece.
The idea of the watch came from our most recent visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where @arniehira the CEO of @simplyabudhabi and Georg Bartkowiak CEO of Grieb & Benzinger @grieb_benzinger came up with the idea of the watch and formed this beautiful and artistic partnership.
The watch itself is a masterpiece, it is completely made by hand and its core precious metal uses only the finest Platinum. Baba Zayed’s head is respectfully placed at the point of Number 7, which signifies the 7 United Arab Emirates.
The Numbers on the face of the watch have are in Arabic and the watch strap is made from black leather with red and green stitching, colours taken from our wonderful UAE flag.
On the reverse side of the watch is an open mechanism showcasing the stunning clockwork movement and watch mechanism.
The delight on the reverse is a Platinum Desert Falcon which has been hand crafted and integrated into the movements.
You can read more about this extraordinary masterpiece in the September 2014 Edition of Simply Abu Dhabi.
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