Annak Fashion
Anaak Dress – Beautiful Handcrafted sustainable luxury silk summer dress in red and pink by Anaak at Matches Fashion.

Diana Vreeland declared, “Pink is the navy blue of India, ”and that is exactly what this riotously red Anaak maxi dress with delightful ruffles imagines.

Roman Emperors at the Uffizi

It’s a hot red and pink love letter from India in the hues of celebration. It evokes thoughts of carefree holidays, wandering around the Uffizi Gallery looking at busts of Roman Emperors on a Monday afternoon or perhaps a gentle walk in parts of Italy that are unspoiled by mass tourism such as the Marche and Ciociaria.

India Sunset
India in the pink. Picture by Martin Jernberg

A Forever Future Vintage Dress

If ever a dress could make a girl happy, it’s this fluttering red and pink wil ‘o’ wisp sustainable fashion masterpiece in sumptuous silk by slow luxury fashion house Anaak. This is a forever dress to pluck from a capacious trunk as Spring gives way to long high summer days. One day you can pass it on as a family modern vintage heirloom. There are just a few left in the sale here. Alas, in tiny sizes. However, we love it so much it is more for inspiration and to transport you. 

Anneka Dress
Anaak Dress – Anneka tie shoulder ethical summer dress in muted coral pink natural fibres with central ruffle detail at Matches Fashion.

Here is an equally lovely alternative from this summer’s collection – the oh so pretty Anneka dress in a muted shade of coral-pink muslin with a carefully shaped bodice that gives way to a sweet cascade of ruffles.

A Partnership with Artisan Makers

Anaak Artisans
Artisan workers at Anaak work in a fair partnership with the sustainable luxury fashion house

Every artisanal, handcrafted piece in Anaak’s collection by textile designer Marisa Maximo is a fair partnership between artisan makers in rural India and Bolivia.

This thoughtful sustainable fashion house uses eco-friendly azo-free dyes, makes in small batches and champions the beauty of natural fibres.

Lock Me Down with Thor Star, Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth Star of Thor and Avengers EndGame is the Actor Women Most Want to Spend the Lockdown With

No surprise that film stars playing heroic figures in epic films are the kind of men we women want to spend our time in social isolation with, that or man who can make us laugh.

We Want to See 007 Live Again

Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor and Avengers is the film star most female film fans would love to spend their time in social lockdown with. While No Time to Die, the new James Bond film is the most anticipated film release of the year, with Daniel Craig reprising the role of the mercurial secret agent for one last time.

Can You Make Us Laugh?

It seems we gravitate to heroic characters in times of national crisis. However, there is one fascinating proviso. Given a choice between a physically attractive film icon or a star who can make us laugh, almost half of women polled would opt for a man who can make us laugh rather than good looks, whilst men would choose physical beauty.

No one put it better than Audrey Hepburn when it comes to the importance of laughter.

Laughter is Living

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

There are also some intriguing national variations. Dwayne Johnson, the Rock in the Fast and the Furious film franchise, came a close second to Christ Hemsworth, but in Scotland, it is Dwayne who wins women’s hearts.

Johnny Depp
Actor Johnny Depp – Star of Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow

While John Depp shows his enduring status as a much-loved film icon and star of iconic films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands by coming third in the nationwide poll.

 Other film stars who
feature high on the list of lockdown stars include Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson
and Jennifer Lawrence, with the two female stars gaining equal stellar billing
amongst fans.

A Passion for Visiting the Cinema

One fascinating fact is that the national pass-time of going
to see a film on the big screen is still a hugely loved and popular activity
with 25% of UK Film lovers planning to go the cinema within a week of social
isolation ending. Our most missed activities are seeing family (61%), Going out
with friends (56%), travelling (47%) and visiting the cinema (36%).

Twice as many film fans would rather spend lockdown with a
funny actor or actress (32%) than a physically attractive actor or actress
(15%), the study reveals. While men mostly voted to spend their lockdown with a
physically attractive movie star (22.5%), women overwhelmingly opted to spend
it with a funny actor (42%).

A Return to Films on the Big Screen

 UK film fans can’t
wait to start going to the cinema again, with a quarter of the 2,000 UK adults
polled saying they will visit the cinema to get their movie fix within 7 days
of cinemas opening after the lockdown. A further 27% say they will be back
watching their favourite movie on the big screen within a month.

“The new James Bond movie – No Time To Die – is the one movie Brits really want to see. Around 47% of those polled listed it as the one movie they really want to see when the lockdown is over.”

The New James Bond Film

 One in 10 Londoners
will visit the cinema on the first day after lockdown ends with a further 23%
saying they will visit the cinema more after lockdown than they did previously.

 In East Anglia, the movie star most people want to spend lockdown with is Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp. But in the East Midlands, they want to be locked down with Will Smith.

The Top 10 Filmstars For Lockdown


Dwayne Johnson

Chris Hemsworth

Will Smith

Scarlett Johansson

Jennifer Lawrence

Johnny Depp

Tom Cruise

Margot Robbie

Colin Firth

Leonardo DiCaprio


James Bond: No Time to Die

Top Gun: Maverick

Black Widow

Wonder Woman 1984

Peter Rabbit 2

A Quiet Place 2

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The Secret Garden

Minions 2: Rise of Gru


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