New Mockingjay Trailer: Return to District 12

New Mockingjay Trailer: Return to District 12

Katniss visits a burn out District 12 in the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer. As it’s just over a month until the release, can we start getting super excited now?

THE HUNGER GAMES: New Rebel Posters Released for Mockingjay

THE HUNGER GAMES: New Rebel Posters Released for Mockingjay

It’s the District 13 rebels’ turn to show Panem what they’ve got. Step aside Snow, these guys are pretty badass. See the newly released posters from Lionsgate here!

HUNGER GAMES: Capitol Couture Showcases New “Living Portraits”

HUNGER GAMES: Capitol Couture Showcases New “Living Portraits”

The Hunger Games fashion website Capitol Couture has some shiny new updates for us. Keep reading to find out more about the “Capitol Citizen Living Portraits”…

FASHION REVIEW: Capitol Couture by Trish Summerfield

FASHION REVIEW: Capitol Couture by Trish Summerfield

Let’s face it, who didn’t like the Capitol costumes in The Hunger Games? Ok, so some of the wardrobe for Catching Fire was provided by McQueen, but Trish Summerfield was the lady behind the other great outfits. She has recently released a collection inspired by the movie. But would the Capitol approve? Maybe fashion trends like we see in the Capitol should be reserved for Gaga and fancy dress, but I think Summerville could’ve been a bit more daring with this collection. So there’s some interesting panelling and fancy cocktail dresses, but where are the bold colours and crazy proportions? Although the name implies Capitol Crazy, the collection is I think based more on the outfits used to portray Katniss than the Capitol look itself. They could reflect the fact that her own clothes were used to build and portray her image into a symbol of rebellion before she herself realized. The elements of this show in the use of bold block colours along with the strong lines, all connected to her strong personality. My other issue is the price. I understand why clothing can be expensive. The process of designing and making clothes is hard work (trust me on this one, it’s not all pretty drawings and sewing machines). But I don’t understand how a brand can print a slogan on a shirt, sew their label in it and whack a great big price tag on it. Especially when there are younger people interested in a franchise like The Hunger Games, who would be interested in getting a nice piece of clothing that is linked to the film in some way. A bit like designer Henry Holland having two labels: One high up fashion house and another smaller one in Debenhams, which younger people can afford. All that aside, it is a nice collection! Made up of 23 items, it’s monochrome with hints of colour and a nice mix of daywear and eveningwear. The active wear has a slight nod to the training outfits worn by the Tributes and designed by Lucas Hugh. My favourite piece is the silver arrow arm cuff- it’s gorgeous! Also the leather jacket. But the ear cuff’s a bit...

FILM REVIEW The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

FILM REVIEW The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This is the second instalment of the Hunger Games series and with the first film being so good; I had high hopes for this one! It did not disappoint. Although when you do go see it, be prepared to be hit in the feels every ten minutes. This post contains spoilers! But if you’ve already read the books, the warning doesn’t apply to you. There were high expectations for this film. With the first one being such a success, there was a bigger budget to play with. Director Francis Lawrence went all out with glamourizing the Capitol no end, made a bigger set, had more famous faces on board, but still kept to the storyline and didn’t miss out many key parts. With fears that a rebellion against the Capitol is stirring, President Snow announces that the 75th Hunger Games will feature tributes from the pool of existing winners. Still shaken up from the last games and suffering from nightmares, Katniss is on an emotional roller coaster throughout the film. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and manages to convey the hurt that Katniss is experiencing, as well as the anger and confusion, balancing them all perfectly. She grows throughout the film as a symbol of the rebellion, gaining more allies and putting more pressure on Snow. He retaliates with blackmailing Katniss, terrorising and killing citizens of different districts when she acts in a way that could spark the rebellion.   One of the biggest changes compared to the first film was gore. Obviously there were killings in the first film: it’s a huge part of the story. But you never really saw any blood or violent close ups. The second film is very different and has much more gore. One scene in particular was where Cinna is beaten up before Katniss enters the arena. It’s pretty graphic and the fact that Katniss can’t do anything about it makes it all the more poignant. Costumes this time round are bigger, bolder and much more glamorous. Effie’s wonderful wardrobe features haute couture pieces from recent Alexander McQueen shows, whilst the training outfits for the tributes are from luxury sportswear brand, Lucas Hugh. Having Trish Summerfield on board...