Weekend Update: Mistresses on BBC and Style Challenge

Sunday, April 5, 2009



above: the cast of Mistresses on BBC

BBC Mistresses

I walked through Soho this weekend for a shopping stroll and encountered high winds and a long, long line that wrapped around the block for Topshop (the queue was really civilized and contained behind velvet ropes, like some sort of hot club opening in Chelsea).

Instead of waiting in line, I decided to head home to catch up on my DVR'ed television shows. One show that has caught my attention just started airing on BBC America: Mistresses, a show about four thirtysomething women who live somewhere in England (the show is filmed in Bristol) and bond over difficult relationships, including, in some cases, infidelity. At first, I was a little scandalized about the title, thinking that it would be some sort of misogynistic fantasy about men and their mistresses, but it's actually interesting and far more complex than its title would suggest. It's refreshing to see women who haven't been botoxed to heaven on the screen playing complex characters.

As for the fashion, it's not exactly Sex and the City "fabulous," but given that some characters are professionals in a small town, you wouldn't exactly expect them to traipse around in head-to-toe Chanel or Alexander McQueen, but I did spot a Vivienne Westwood blouse on Orla Brady's character, who plays a lawyer on the show. If fashion plays a role in the show, it's a backdrop to the drama, not a part of the main action. If you haven't checked it out, please do. It's pretty riveting, and yes, melodramatic. My new guilty pleasure. Has anyone else been watching?

Style Challenge Update

Last week, I made a vow (starting April 1st) not to wear black for one whole week. Surprise, surprise: it's been really great so far! I am not sure if it's an unintended consequence of mixing color (slowly and surely) into the wardrobe or the slow thaw of spring that's been lifting my spirits, but I feel more cheery sans black.

I am surviving-- actually thriving without black this week. But old habits die hard, and I can't help feeling envy and withdrawal when I spot a chic New Yorker dressed head to toe in black. Here are some pictures of days one through four... Apologies for the wonky poses. I am new to this whole "style post" thing.

Just three more days to go!!!

13 comments:

Helen Cox said...

I haven't seen that BBC show but it's interesting to know stuff like that airs in America. The Sex and the City thing is pretty massive over here so that's where they probably got the idea to have women bonding over bad relationships. I guess that is something that most women have in common...sadly!

Mira said...

Michelle Obama should take up your challenge to not wear black. Her European trip started out smashingly with a yellow Jason Wu dress, but has disappointed me with her boring black and white ensembles. Not only that, I'm getting tired of the same four designers over and over. What about her loyalty to Maria Pinto? What happened to that?

Dream Sequins said...

Helen: I'm addicted to BBC guilty pleasure TV, including Skins. This is new for me, and I think it's worth checking out. Definitely a different feel than SATC. There's something more grounded about the show, despite the soap opera story lines...

Mira: Maybe black and white are her version of fashion security blankies. She's in foreign countries, obviously struggling with her new role as First Lady. The story today was about her and Carla Bruni struggling with their ways to express their strong personalities through a satorial medium.

♥Jozee said...

Hey! Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. I'll be subbing to you in my reader too. Ive been meaning to check out Mistresses (admittedly, the title caugh my fancy), but haven't gottn around to it yet. Too much else to do!! Tv is the last priority. hehe

♥Jozee said...

btw! i love the blue tights.

i could totally kick the black habit but on the conditionthat i could keep the black hose heehe

Dream Sequins said...

Jozee: Hey thanks for visiting! I hear you on the TV thing. I used to watch a LOT more television than I do now. And even catching up with my DVR shows is a challenge. You've seen my magazine pile ;) I'm so behind. I'm jonesing to wear some dark colors soon. Ack. The blue tights photograph well but are so bright in real life.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

So I downloaded the first episode (free on iTunes) and was pretty bored after about five minutes, but maybe I'll give it another try.

And congrats on the black challenge. You're doing great!

Dream Sequins said...

K: Thanks for the words of encouragement. Just... two more days to go. This morning, I nearly had a relapse. It was raining. As for Mistresses, please give it an episode or two. I always find that the pilot episodes of programs are shaky at best.

Modelizer said...

Looking good! I wonder if this experiment will change the way you dress.

The only British show I'm watching right now is Law and Order UK. No idea why, but it's shot very lovely and I'm into it.

Dream Sequins said...

Modelizer: Thanks for your kind comments. I think this is definitely changing the way I'm viewing black clothing. I've also noticed that my shopping habits are different as well. Like a person being weaned off carbs, I'm rethinking black as an accent color, and not the main course. At least for spring!

Sara said...

OMG, I totally know how you feel about the black thing. I can't do it at all...not even one day! I love your style and the rockin blue tights!

Dream Sequins said...

Sara: Thanks for visiting! Those blue tights were actually a random buy that happened to line up nicely with the all blue outfit I was wearing that day-- kind of a poor man's Pantone inspired office-friendly getup.

The Style PA said...

Orla Brady is gorgeous. I was hooked on the show while it was on here.

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