What to do this week… sorted!
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1. Say Mmm for Marni
Check out the gorgeousness that is the new Marni range at H&M from Thursday March 8th. Aylesbury H&M is still a distant fantasy so it’s off to High Wycombe, Westfield, Oxford St, or if you’re lazy like me, the computer to buy up big time. You may also want to check out Sofia Coppola’s video that accompanies the campaign at http://www.hm.com/gb/marni#commercial/the_commercial. Hard to imagine, but the dreamy clothes are actually upstaged by the soundtrack of Brian Ferry’s Avalon – I forgot what a sublime song that is.
2. Period drama sex shock!
From Friday go see Bel Ami(on at Odeon Aylesbury). Robert ‘Twilight’ Pattinson dons his top hat and tails for this period drama set in Paris, playing a social climber and serial seducer. Basically he spends the entire movie getting frisky with Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Uma Thurman. There are worse ways to spend your free time.
Alternatively, show off your art-house credentials by seeing 2012 Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation, also from Friday at Oxford’s Ultimate Picture Palace. Critically praised, it follows a married couple in Iran faced with a difficult, impossibly damaging decision about their relationship. Don’t take your date!
3. Fashion forward
Ethical fashion is becoming increasingly popular, championed by Livia ‘I’m married to Colin’ Firth and supported by Meryl Streep at last month’s Oscars ceremony when she wore an ‘eco-certified’ Lanvin dress. If you’re interested in the future of fashion, Oxford’s 03 Gallery is curating a series of talks, the Ethical Fashion Symposium between Friday 9th-Sunday 11th March, in which academics, stylists and artisans will discuss issues including Fair Trade and ethical luxury. Tickets from £5.
4. Animal magic
Your last chance to see the incredible Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Science Live in Oxford. The exhibition runs alongside the usual Discovery Zone so it’s a perfect trip out for all the family. If you’ve never visited this place with your kids, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s safe, fun, interractive and works for all ages. Plus you’re a short walk from the beautiful Magdalen College and the Botanical Gardens. Late night opening on Friday (until 9pm). The exhibition closes at 5pm on Saturday.