• What to know

    The summer season of identikit blockbuster movies with their samey, swishy effects and bloated marketing budgets is soon upon us, leaving many great films made on tiny money but with masses of heart, to disappear with little trace. 

    But new company Bright Young Things Film Club started by industrious duo Bridget Arsenault (Vanity Fair sub-editor and online writer) and Fatima Martinez-Moxon (European Project Coordinator for Tane jewellerey), are making it their job to champion the silver screen underdogs.  BYT Film Club aims to support the little guys, by giving movies that might never get a general release the chance for a glamorous screening and a bit of red-carpet action.  The next soirée on the schedule is Wednesday 30th April when documentary Sweet Dreams will be screened.  The film is a story about Tutsi and Hutu Rwandan women who despite the divide and devastation of the 1994 Genocide, come together to form the country's first all-female drumming troupe and Rwanda's first ever ice-cream shop. 

    Sweet Dreams screening will be held at The May Fair Hotel, with peach Ciroc belinis for starters, a stash of comestible goodies on each seat (Propercorn, Unoco coconut water and Green & Blacks chocs) followed by a skype-live Q&A with director Rob Fruchtman and a party after.  BYT Film Club has created a great night that gives talented filmmaking the fanfare it so often deserves.  

    Sweet Dreams - 30th April 2014.  Tickets £17.50 atwww.tbytfilmclub.com  

    Bright Young Things Film Club with The May Fair Hotel offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a pair of tickets to Sweet Dreams on 30th April 2014, a night for two at The May Fair Hotel with breakfast the following morning, (worth approx. £440).  To enter this prize draw, send your details to contact@tbytfilmclub.com by 12pm on Friday 11th April 2014.  Terms and conditions apply. 

  • What to see

    Next month sees a week-long celebration of Italian Fashion and Cinema with events unfurling across London at The Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumiere and at the Victoria & Albert Museum. 

    One of the highlights is the UK premiere of The Director; An Evolution in Three Acts at The Curzon Mayfair.  This film sees cinematographer Christina Voros will peeking behind the glamour to follow the life and intensely hard work of Gucci's Creative Director Frida Giannini and her team. Prior to the film Christina Voros will be in conversation with Jemima Khan, Vanity Fair European Editor-at-large.

    Other exciting moments includes a screening of Valentino: The last Emperor.  For over two years, Vanity Fair contributor Matt Tyrnauer followed the unique and glamorous duo of Valentino Garavani and his business partner and companion Giancarlo Giammetti.  Following the film is a Q&A session with director Matt Tyrnauer. 

    Screenings of La Dolce Vita and L'Avventura take place during the week as well as a seminar entitled 'Ferragamo; Footwear, Fashion and Film' at the V&A with talks on Italian aesthetics since 1945 by Dr. Giuliana Pieri, from Royal Holloway at University of London and Salvatore Ferragamo's Hollywood collaborations by Stefania Ricci, Director of the Ferragamo Museum in Florence. 

    A week of treats for students, fashion lovers and Italophiles alike.

    To book tickets go to www.fashionandcinema.com

  • What to buy

    Solely relying on its heritage, has never been enough for stationer and leather goods company Smythson.

    When in 1887 folk needed chic leather notebooks for their dilettante travels, Smythson provided.   Cut to 2007, when folk needed natty covers for their iPads or slick ways to house ugly phone chargers, again Smythson provided.

    And now with its latest collaboration, Smythson shows how old-school craft can have a  beautiful flirt-up with contemporary art.  Step forward Quentin Jones - illustrator, film-maker, model and Cambridge philosophy graduate - who has gathered up the brand's classic Panama Collection and decorated each of the pieces with her playful, curious, individual style.  There are passport covers lined with crosses, bags covered in dots and splashes, key rings featuring her winking cats or rough drawn hearts and the famous Soho notebook has been transformed into either a 'Soho Saint' or 'Soho Sinner'.  You choose.

    These deliciously desirable, whimsical pieces are yet another example of how despite screens swallowing paper, Smythson is keeping up.

    www.smythson.com
    www.quentinjones.info