Monday, 27 February 2012

The Oscars 2012

There has been, of course, a huge amount of media coverage over the last few hours about all things 'Frock' related at the Oscars; it's like drowning in a sea of sartorial opinions.
In old black and white movies, journalists would often be depicted scrambling for a telephone booth to break a story to their editor; that's how Twitter feels when there is an important event on; a sort of avalanche of information, but one particular comment really stood out for me:

And you know what, it's kind of hard to argue with that statement......

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

I was also rather amused by Bruce Oldfield's observations on the BBC's 'Breakfast' show this morning; he was explaining that most of the gowns on the red carpet had come straight from the runway and the ladies of Hollywood, although sharing the same dress size as models, are usually shorter and that quite often you see them standing with a 'puddle of dress around them' as there hasn't been time to alter the hem. Fair enough. He then went on to add "Apart from Jennifer Lopez.....someone's done her hem........BADLY!"

Shall we check it out?

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Well, I think it's safe to say nothing gets past 'ol' Hawkeye Oldfield'; heads will roll!

He also noted that Gwyneth Paltrow's cape remained him of the one worn by Anne Baxter in 'All About Eve'; which seemed to be a very fitting reference.

I have to say I thought Gwynnie look absolutely stunning in Tom Ford and she definitely made it onto my Best Dressed list along with Rooney Mara in Givenchy and Princess Charlene of Monaco in the Swiss Designer Akris.
This year I'm really feeling the simplicity, clean lines and neutral palette.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Princess Charlene of Monaco in Akris

Ladies, you all look ravishing, but when it comes to scene-stealing, you would all do well to remember the old adage "Never work with Charming French Men and Animals".....

Rockwife xx

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A Moment in Time: The Illusion of Theatre

So we all know that Theatre is in my blood, blah, blah, blah and that I've been involved with it in some capacity since I was three years old, blah, blah, blah but that I haven't worked in it for several years having decided to concentrate on Millinery, blah, blah, blah and that if I had a penny for every time somebody had asked me if I missed it I would be a very wealthy woman.

Do I miss it? Well, I loved it and it formed a huge part of my life and without a doubt has had a massive influence on me as a designer, but I like new challenges and I like having a bit more control over my life.
I always loved touring, but you do live in a bubble, and that's not always terribly healthy.

So, for those reasons, I tend not to be one for Nostalgia, I think too much backward glancing can become rather suffocating and that dwelling on the pain and glory of one's own personal history is not particularly  helpful or fulfilling.

However, as we all know, life has a way of biting one on the derriere and so, last Friday, whilst visiting the 'Theatre and Performance Galleries' at the Victoria and Albert Museum (for the first time in their new home) I ran smack bang into my past and a huge emotional jolt.

There we both were, exiles from our own youth, me and The Theatre Museum (formally of Covent Garden) reunited in the eaves of the V&A, but with extra Adam Ant; we didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
I had stumbled upon my first true love, entombed in humidity controlled glass cabinets, an incredibly poignant moment; I felt like I'd come home to a Ghost Town of myself.

I could feel the tears welling up, but decided that, with just me and a Museum Assistant present (the fact that the Gallery was empty and stuffed in the attic at the V&A probably explains why The Theatre Museum was forced to close it doors due to lack of public interest several years ago), having some sort of emotional episode/possibly being sectioned in front of Margot Fonteyn's Tutu wasn't necessarily a good look.

I did hold it together, but spent a long time in a somnambulist trance wandering around the exhibition, experiencing a combination of awe, wonder, pride and humility. It made me realise how truly magnificent, inspiring, powerful and magical great museums can be.

One of the first companies I ever worked for at the first Theatre I worked for, although not in 1961!

Black and Silver Odile Tutu worn by Margot Fonteyn in 1964, designed by Nicholas Georgiadis

Kylie Minogue's Dressing Room (exact replica) for the 2007 tour 'Showgirl:Homecoming'

Prince Charming Costume worn by Adam Ant 1981
Designed by Yvonne Swinden and Adam Ant

Valkyrie Showgirl Costume from 'The Producers' stage musical 2004
Designed by William Ivey Long
Star Trap Door
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London 1800-1900

Purple Velvet Showgirl ensemble, designed and worn by Annie Lennox
"No More I Love You's" Music Video 1995

Set Design for Ewan Hooper's 'Martin Luther King'
Roger Butlin 1969
Set Design for 'Rusalka'
Stefanos Lazaridis 1983
Goodnight Darrrhhhliings; I love you all!

Rockwife xx