Thursday, January 25, 2018

Instyle Best of British Talent Party (2011)

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January 25, 2011: 

The Instyle Best of British Talent Party celebrates British entertainers in the run up to the BAFTA Awards. At the time, Tom Hiddleston may have been the least recognizable person at this party. He was literally listed as friend in articles the next day. But little did they know that Tom was about to blow up on the scene in 2011 with a string of high-profile films (Thor, Midnight in Paris, War Horse, and The Deep Blue Sea all premiered in 2011). 

Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch
 Tom Hiddleston and Gemma Chan
Benedict Cumberbatch, Siobhan Hewlett, and Tom Hiddleston


Tom Hiddleston wore an Armani blazer, Intimissimi shirt, Armani Jeans leather pants, and Ariat roper boots. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Observer Magazine: This Charming Man (2016)

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January 24, 2016: 

Tom Hiddleston was interviewed by Elizabeth Day for The Observer Magazine to discuss his life, film projects, and dancing in front of 7,000 people. Accompanying the interview was a photoshoot by Daniel Stier. 

Some highlights from the interview: 

“I suppose I’m fascinated by the private vulnerability and the exterior of people,” he says. “I think that’s an essential truth. I sort of quite like trying to find what makes people tick behind the construction of their identity.”

He says he finds the current debate about the number of middle-class actors in the profession divisive. “It’s socially divisive in a way it shouldn’t be, because I think wherever you are from you should be able to follow your passion. Wherever you went to school, if you have something authentic to contribute, you should be allowed to. There is an acknowledged problem of access and inequality of opportunity – I don’t know how to remedy that. But yeah, I’m on everyone’s side; I’m on the side of the actors. I’m not there to divide the world into pieces.”

“I’m called ‘Uncle Yay Monster’ because when we run, she basically wants to run as fast as me but she can’t, so after a while I just pick her up and she screams: ‘Yay!’ It’s exhausting, but enormous fun.”

“God, it’s so embarrassing,” he says. It all started a few years ago in Korea. “It was a big public Q&A, there were 7,000 people there, and I was taking questions from the audience. Somebody asked: ‘Of what body part are you most proud?’ That’s just a wrong question, to which there are only wrong answers. So I said: ‘My feet’ and they said: ‘Why?’ and I said: ‘Without my feet, I couldn’t run and I couldn’t dance.’ And they said: ‘Well, now we have to see you dance.’ So I danced… And I created a monster. There we go.”


On the cover Tom is wearing his Reiss Noir Melange Weave shirt

 For the rest of the photoshoot Tom is wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren suit

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

in Guinea with Unicef UK (2013)

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January 21 - February 1, 2013:

This week marks five years since Tom Hiddleston's first mission with Unicef UK. Tom visited Guinea is West Africa to learn more about Unicef's work with education, child protection, water and sanitation in the country.

Tom posted several videos of himself very excitedly packing for the trip. And if anyone remembers there was a contest online to guess which country Tom would be traveling to (I believe only two people correctly guessed Guinea). 

While in Guinea, Tom kept a field diary detailing what he saw he day. Pictures and excerpts below:

Day One: 

Above all else, the children, who will inherit the future, and shape the future of this country – need clean water, iron, minerals, vitamins, inoculation against disease, and education.

Day Two: 

Any surges of adventurous adrenalin that I had previously felt about travelling in West Africa were tempered immediately by the sight of these children. The doctors and nurses were helpful and informative about the specific details of each of the children’s individual problems, but I was simply overwhelmed by the sight of so many small infants in such great need. One small ward – about the size of a single room in a two-star or three-star hotel in the UK – housed at least twenty children, some of whom I was told had slim chances of survival. Their arms and legs were indescribably thin, their cheeks tear-stained, their skin a harrowing, slate-grey.Most shocking to me was the speed and urgency of their breathing, asleep or awake, but it was uniformly unsettled and uneven. When you see a child struggling so hard simply to breathe, it makes your heart hurt. Many of these children had lung infections, and most if not all had been admitted because of malnutrition, or an inheritance of a condition due to the malnutrition of their mothers.

Day Three:

What happened next was the most uplifting experience of my journey so far. I was invited by a young family into their home. They live in a circular hut, under which is one singular room, with a circumference of about 15 feet across. The roof is thatch made of straw. Inside I am introduced by Idrissa, the regional chief of Unicef’s office for Eastern Guinea, to a couple and their three children, a boy and two girls. They are uniformly beautiful. The father is calm and quiet, with an open, handsome face, while the mother is shy, her skin radiant, and a smile that could launch a thousand ships. Her children are well behaved, quiet and curious. Idrissa asks if I have any questions. I compliment them on their house, for it is beautiful inside. There is a bed, which serves also as bench and table, with various tools and pots hung strategically along the walls. I say how well her children look, how strong they seem. Her elder daughter reminds me of my niece. I ask if there have been any problems at all in their upbringing and nurture. “No,” she says simply. Were they born at the centre de santé? “No,” she says, “they were all born at home.” I ask if she had easy access to vaccinations. “Yes,” she says. “The day they were born”. She says their biggest problem is that they do not have enough food. They work hard, and still there is not enough. But they grow their own rice crop and haricots. Pauline asks if she was able to breastfeed her children. “Yes,” she says, “for six months each of them”. How did you know to do that, I ask. “I walked to the centre de santé,” she replies, “when I was pregnant. They told me I should breastfeed. Also I heard it on the radio”. That’s fantastic, I say. I tell the father I have been looking at the water situation in the village, and the new programme for better water hygiene. He replies that it’s very important. He always tells his son he must wash his hands before eating. I tell him his boy is looking strong, and that when I was a child I was always taught mens sana in corpore sano. A healthy mind in a healthy body. Idrissa translates. The father says this has made his day. It is a great honour for him. He is happy.

Day Four: 

What is the biggest problem for you here, I ask? Water, they reply. There is no water. The statement is so basic and baldly stated it hits me like a club to the head. Can you talk more about that, we ask? One woman speaks up. There is only one well, it is a long walk from the village, and we only have access to it for certain hours of the day because it is controlled by the military. I don’t need to expand on this. They are deprived of a basic need. What follows is a demonstration of the methods of screening small children for signs of malnutrition. The first test is relatively simple. A small coloured band, like a bracelet or an ankle belt, is threaded around the left arm of the child, between the elbow and shoulder, to measure the width of their upper arm. If the measurement is in the green zone than all is well, in the yellow or red then there is cause for further treatment as the child is either moderately or severely malnourished. If a child is diagnosed to be malnourished, they are immediately treated by the centre de santé or referred to the local hospital which treats the most severe cases of malnutrition where there are also other complications. These complications may have caused the malnutrition, they may be a result of malnutrition, or they may have exacerbated existing malnutrition. Whatever the case, these are very sick children.

Day Five:

The children in École Moriakhory are obedient and alert. I enter one classroom and there’s no teacher in there. But they’re all sitting quietly. It occurs to me that it was never like that when I was at school in England. If the teacher left the room, there’d be a riot. Here, children want to learn. There’s a poem on the blackboard. It’s about Guinea. Can we all recite the poem together, Julien asks. And we do. The lyrics are beautiful. I wish I could remember them. I wish I’d taken a photograph of the blackboard. The poem was about their country. La Guinée est un beau pays. Un beau pays.Something like that. As we pull away I feel glad that on my last day I saw such a joyful example of Unicef’s work in Guinea. The country has many difficulties, and I have faced them in all their stark reality this week. But to see healthy children, in love with learning, and happy in their play is restorative and invigorating. It gives me a sense of balance.


Obviously this is a post meant to focus on charity work and not what Tom's wearing so I am only going to highlight one thing. The Unicef Ambassador shirt Tom is wearing in most images can be bought online from Unicef USA/UK (or whatever you local Unicef is). The Help Spread the Unicef Message shirt is $20 from Unicef USA and proceeds will provide 64 sachets of oral rehydration salts that help children combat dehydration and diarrhea. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Early Man Press Day (2018)

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January 12, 2018: 

Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Eddie Redmayne had a full day recording interviews to promote their new film, Early Man. For the majority of the promo material Tom is paired up with Maisie Williams.

Here's a fun feature where Aardman's Jim Parkyn teaches Tom, Maisie, and Eddie how to create a Hognob clay model.

Tom and Maisie met with Buzzfeed UK.

They also spoke with Cineplex host Tanner Zipchen.
Finally, they were interviewed by Blue Peter presenter, Lindsey Russell. There will be a special episode of Blue Peter on January 18th featuring these interviews and footage from the green red carpet premiere. Be sure to tune in to see how Tom earned his Blue Peter Badge. 

Here are some models from the film that were on display. 


Tom Hiddleston was wearing a John Smedley Lundy pullover ($250) along with his trusty Tissot watch.
 I know that there has been a lot of speculation about Tom possibly wearing a new pair of jeans in the press interviews. Unfortunately, I have yet to come across a full body image of Tom from this press day so I can't update his full outfit. I believe that Tom is most likely wearing his jbrand jeans and not a new pair. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Early Man Premiere in London (2018)

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January 14, 2018: 

Odeon Cinema in London rolled out the green carpet for the World Premiere of Early Man. This ended up being the only premiere for Early Man and just about every member of the cast and crew attended: Johnny Vegas, Peter Lord, Eddie Redmayne, Rob Byrdon, Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston, Nick Park, George Smith, Blake Richardson, Reece Bibby, Carla Shelley, and musical group New Hope Club. New Hope Club recorded several songs for the Early Man soundtrack

Early Man is a stop-motion comedy from Aardman about a Stone Age tribe that challenges a team from the Bronze Age to a football/soccer match in order to save their home from industrialization. Tom Hiddleston voices the villain (of course), Lord Nooth. Maisie Williams plays Goona, a Bronze Age citizen who helps the Stone Age tribe. And Eddie Redmayne plays to adorable Caveman Dug. 

A look at some of the highlights from the premiere. Tom said he signed on because the script was so funny and made him laugh out loud. *After seeing the movie I can concur that this is Tom's funniest role to date! 

Out of all the main cast - Tom spent the most amount of time meeting fans and taking pictures. 

A young blogger posted a video from inside the premiere and the after party. Even Eddie Redmayne feels that Tom has the best lines in the movie. 

***Coincidentally, exactly one year later (January 14, 2019) I am flying home from ACE Arizona and Early Man is one of the featured in-flight movies. 


This was Tom Hiddleston's first red carpet event of 2018 and he did not disappoint! Unlike his co-stars who opted for more casual, Tom Hiddleston went with a Gucci Monaco suit for the premiere. This was the end of Gucci Tom! 

Tom added some pop to his suit with some really fun Gucci accessories. This Gucci Dot tie ($200) is probably my favorite tie he's ever worn (maybe tied with the McQueen from the London Film Festival) 

Tom also debuted a new pair of glasses from Mykita


Thursday, January 11, 2018

BAFTA Rising Stars Announcement (2012)

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January 11, 2012:

The nominees for the BAFTA Rising Star Award were announced in London. This award recognizes new talent and is the only BAFTA award voted on by fans. The five nominees for 2012 were Adam Deacon, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O'Dowd, and Eddie Redmayne. Adam, Tom, and Eddie were all at the event to hear their names being announced (they were told of their nominations the day before).  To date, this is Tom's only BAFTA nomination. 

Tom had a very thoughtful answer when asked about what this nomination meant to him: Truly, I can't believe that I'm in this room. I can't believe I'm sitting in front you now. It's amazing because it's not an easy business and it's very competitive. There are many people in it that want to succeed. There was awhile back there where it wasn't going so well. I wasn't getting the jobs. I was going up for them and working really hard - with no seeming results. 

Tom and Eddie teased at a fight between their fans; the Hiddlestoners and the Redmaniacs. 

Tom also talked about how it felt to be nominated against his brother from another mother, Chris Hemsworth. 

Surprisingly, it was Adam Deacon who ultimately took home the award. Adam has had quite the journey since his win.


Tom looked fantastic in Armani. (I wish he had worn this coat more)