IT’S time to unleash your inner leading lady as Edinburgh International Film Festival rolls into town.
The city is custom built for participating in old Hollywood glamour, with our bespoke boutiques, high-end department stores and extensive high street selection on offer for every budget.
Pick your favourite femme fatale for clothing inspiration and celebrate every day of the festival as if you were walking onto a movie set (and that includes the morning commute on the number 22 bus).
We polished up Edinburgh’s own Pollyanna McIntosh as Elizabeth Taylor for a fun shoot in the city. Dripping diamonds and being decked out in designer duds represented a welcome reprieve for the busy actress, who graces the big screen in an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth this September.
You may have mistaken her for an English lass as her last three roles have seen her returning to Scotland to play English parts.
“In Bob Servant Independent I was English. In MI High I was English, and I’m just fresh from filming a new thriller called White Settlers based around a young couple longing to leave London to set up home in the Scottish Borders.”
She morphed into Taylor effortlessly on set as we took over Edinburgh Playhouse for the afternoon. But unlike our shoot inspiration for the day, Pollyanna isn’t high maintenance. When home she loves nothing more than nipping down Victoria Street for a straight-off-the-swine pork sandwich from Oink before catching up with her best mate Holly, who runs Totty Rocks a few doors down. Food and fashion, now that’s my kind of girl.
ON THE HIGH STREET
The key to looking like Taylor is the bling. Not many of us have rich husbands lavishing us with diamonds, so simply fake it until you make it. Go statement with bold glitzy pieces. If it feels too big, it’s perfect. Debenhams’ Julien McDonald accessories are right on the money for a fraction of the cost.
Silhouettes that enhance your figure hark back to Taylor’s 1950s heyday. There are a lot of high-waisted skirts and cropped tops that mimic this style perfectly on the high street right now. Pick up a simple tea dress – H&M has a lovely selection, as does Godiva and Lady Jojo’s in the Grassmarket – pop a belt around the waist, find an underskirt to create a little volume below and you’re done.
Or simply pile a silk scarf in your hair and finish off with oversized shades and lashings of red lipstick. You could probably muster the look up from your own wardrobe and will feel glam in mere minutes.
• Actress Pollyanna McIntosh styled as Elizabeth Taylor
• Hair and Make-up by Alexis Miller at Colours
• Style assists by Louise Arnot and Farah Al Zadjali.