Our Favorite Movies of 2016

2016 was a great year for the film industry, and saw many exceptional movies being released. From unnerving dramas to historic adaptations, here are some of our favorite movies from 2016.

One of the most unnerving dramas released in 2016 was Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, featuring a young woman and her child who are being imprisoned against their will. Brie Larson was the star of the film, and her spot-on acting skills, coupled with the traumatic nature of the storyline, will definitely keep this one in your mind long after the credits roll up.

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Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe was released by Disney, and while this may instantly make you think that the movie features traditional values and a syrupy-sweet storyline, this film stands out from Disney’s more conventional offerings. The storyline focuses on a young girl in Uganda, whose world quickly changes when she becomes introduced to the game of chess. This is, without a doubt, a heart-warming movie, and the fact that it is a true story makes it even better.

Anyone that read the iconic Roald Dahl book The BFG as a child will be captivated by this big-screen adaptation. While it may be slightly longer than many would prefer, this is quite a signature quality of Spielberg films, and is not noticeable once you start to get into the storyline. While Mark Rylance plays the BFG perfectly, the star of the show is Ruby Barnhill, who manages to portray little Sophie in a heart-tugging way.

Love and Friendship
Based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, Love and Friendship is a period piece that still manages to retain quite the timeless quality. While there is plenty of history within the film, this is an extremely witty movie, featuring drama, ornate costumes, and Kate Beckinsdale as the star.

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Jackie is a movie that focuses on the grief that Jackie Kennedy experienced after the tragic loss of JFK. Natalie Portman is the star of the show here, and while she may not be an obvious choice for the role of Jackie, she manages to portray this First Lady beautifully well, displaying a side of sincerity and humility that makes the movie even more likeable. The movie also touches on the topic of celebrity, and the way in which people are built up by the media and fame, which is a relevant subject in today’s world.

While its storyline of a Spanish girl who meets four men in the street, and then helps them to pull off a robbery, may already be attention-grabbing, it is the way in which Victoria is made that really sets this movie apart from others. A single-take thriller, this is a movie that plays out in real time, with a continuous 138 minute camera shot, making it feel as though the audience is right in the heart of all the action.

If you have not yet seen any of these movies, they definitely deserve a spot on your queue list. From the heart-thumping thrills of Room to the feel-good qualities of Queen of Katwe, these were, without a doubt, some of the finest films produced in 2016.


Cinderella Fashion Inspiration is Everywhere!

Cinderella fashions


Cinderella, one of the most classic fairy tales of all time, has captivated and enchanted generations of females all over the world, and the latest take on the story is the newly released feature film, starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett. When it comes to fashion, Cinderella’s style is not just for children’s costumes. Many great designers have been inspired by the timeless tale, and it is also easy to put together a Cinderella-inspired look of your own. OROGOLD reviews the top Cinderella fashion inspirations here.

Cinderella-Inspired Shoe Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue have just launched a shoe collection that has been inspired by Cinderella. Rather than choosing one designer to create the collection, Saks gathered together nine of the world’s best shoe designers, each using their vivid imagination to create their own take on Cinderella’s glass slipper. These modern glass slippers have been designed by iconic names including Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Nicholas Kirkwood, and are currently on display, and on sale, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods in London and Galleries Lafayette in Paris.

Lauren Conrad’s Cinderella Fashion Collection
Style setter Lauren Conrad, who first rose to fame in reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, has teamed up with Disney and launched a fashion collection for Kohl’s, inspired by the movie. The designer drew inspiration from many iconic elements of the movie, creating a collection of romantic separates and whimsical dresses.

Harrods, London
Harrods, one of the most famous department stores in the world, has dedicated their window display to Disney’s movie. The six windows showcase some of the amazing costumes that were worn in the movie, which were designed by Sandy Powell. The scenes that the windows feature include the stepsisters trying on the glass slipper, and the romantic weddin scene. The nine glass slippers that are on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue are also displayed in the windows.

Put Together Your Own Cinderella Look
When it comes to creating a Cinderella-inspired look without having to spend too much money, there are many options available. Your accessories are the most important element, and a wide satin headband is essential. Choose one that is white, light blue or silver. A wide satin ribbon can also be used. Find some large studded earrings that match with your headband, such as large pearls, but avoid anything that is long and dangling. When picking shoes for your Cinderella outfit, it is unlikely that you will have a pair of glass slippers lying around. Instead, choose some pumps in a similar color to your headband, preferably ones that have a shimmery quality to them. For the rest of your outfit, stick to the color scheme of light blue, white and silver, and you will have created your very own Cinderella look.

You can use Cinderella to inspire any type of outfit, for both day and night. Be subtle with your makeup, as you do not want it to look over the top, and be careful about how many Cinderella elements you wear at the same time. ORO GOLD recommends you to get inspired by both the story and the movie, and experiment with different combinations until you find the Cinderella look that works best for you.