Thursday, 30 April 2009

WHAT IS YOUR SOCIAL NET WORTH


I'm sure all the techies out there are familiar with the Facebook 'graph' of how we are connected,but wow, we can be watched in five seconds, and you can find everything there is to know about a person in about two minutes. No need for the huge expense of an old fashioned spy, we now have the freebie mega spy FACEBOOK. We had all better be careful.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

RON ARAD AND THE TIMOTHY TAYLOR GALLERY with a charming picture of FIONA RAE

RON ARAD AND THE TIMOTHY TAYLOR GALLERY


Timothy Taylor has an incredible new space next to the Connaught Hotel and round the corner from Scotts the fish restaurant. Perfect for shopping as the best have moved to Mount Street. Lanvin, Balenciaga, The Mount Street Printers, Marc Jacobs and Nicky Clarke, amongst many others, have joined forces and made this once rather dreary street a happening place. I gate crashed tonight the Ron Arad lecture and was lucky enough to be able to get a photograph with him. This new space of Timothy Taylor's is a blank stunning canvas and throws a special light that makes the most of Ron's new sculptures. I loved the mirrored wall and new pod chair. Downstairs I snooped and found the most attractive Fiona Rae painting, abstract and colourful. I'm dying for it.

I'M A HEAD CASE

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

TODD LYNN VOTED DESIGNER OF THE YEAR FOR GENLUX MAGAZINE


Funky icon of leather and the music world, Todd Lynn. He worked with Roland Mouret before embarking on his own. I as Fashion Editor, am fully behind Genlux Magazine, in their choice of awarding him Designer of the Year.
Masculine straight lines, with skinny skinny leather jeans, in stark black and white, and women with beautiful faces.
He hangs out with the cool brigade headed by Alexander Mcqueen in London. Trinny Woodall is a supporter too, having bought a leather frock coat from Matches.
I found him charming whilst sitting in my blue dining room, truly attractive, wanting him to stay longer.

Sparkles

Rain Kisses
I have not forgotten
Some flowers
a scarf or two or three
an apple
painfully sweet
and pure
all growing in
a field of bluebells
I shall run naked
through the streets
kissing your lips
softly
do you dare
I do
as I trust no one
else
who are you
really matters
and matters not
I am hidden
behind the moon
as in a dream
because it is
play for me
your music
a little and I will
close my curtains
just for you and
undress in darkness
the most precious
thoughts slipping
through my fingers
before I sing
through a water flow
of music and rose
petals

MEREDITH OSTROM "IT IS BETTER TO BE LOOKED OVER THAN OVERLOOKED"



LOVELY CREATURE, Meredith Ostrom stripped off and painted a canvass in vivid blue paints, with her body, last night at SKETCH nightclub, ready for the exciting Week End in Moscow. Cultures are coming together for interesting intellectual exchanges. I am doing a lecture there on my book Cloak and Dagger Butterfly. Stephen Frears will be heading the British Gang there.
Afterwards I met my friend Lyall Watson who has been giving some acting and life lessons to Meredith. He is an incredible teacher, and life enhancer, as she in a different way.
Afterwards I headed for the Goring Hotel in SW1 for a rendez

Monday, 27 April 2009

THE RICH LIST


I think the Rich List is comedy in the making, there was a time when I would rush to get it, to check where my husband was on it, with great pride I would hastily open it, now it seems irrelevant, Since it is unfashionable to be rich I think it would be better to think of something new, like the Green List. What about The Nicest List. The Best Dressed List is fake too. If you are given free clothes, and are a celebrity, you should be reasonably turned out. The Lists give people complexes, and at worst an inflated ego P.S My husband luckily still makes it in the top 200. In the Green List he might make top 20, how much better that would be.?... How cool would it be to see the top 100 cycle to work, instead of black limousines, or a chauffeur driven Smart Car, or like me a chauffeur driven mini.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

BLUEBELL WOODS, SUSSEX, ENGLAND




One of the most beautiful sights in England at this time of the year are the bluebells. Almost hidden under trees in small woods. I feel close to nature. Tripping over roots and rabbit holes adds to this magical adventure. They feel ancient, as if time has stood still, in their damp haven hidden from light. We sat under the large boughs of old oaks, Our hosts singing beautifully, few things are so simple and fun.

Friday, 24 April 2009

CHANDOS ANTHEMS, ST LAWRENCE CHURCH, WHITCHURCH LANE, EDGEWARE,


My Son Charles is singing on Thursday 30th April at 8pm.

MAGDALENA BUZNEA and THE TROUBADOUR



There are some people that come into your life and change it forever. Magdalena was one of them. Turning out of Redcliffe Square after a fantastic lesson with Behsat Ahmet - Pilates teacher extraordinaire, famous for keeping the pins of London in shapely repair - there was Magdalena, best friend of the late Ned Sherin and one-time famous actress in Romania. I was living in Cadogan Square, lying around doing nothing special, when in walked Magdalena, who said, 'If you carry on like this, you will get to 50 and have done nothing except talking to your friends on the telephone.' The next week she brought a form for the Summer Workshop at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and said sign it. I did, met Lyall Watson and became engaged in life again. Now here she was in front of me. I suggested that we eat at the Troubadour in their small, magical, scruffy garden in Earls Court. Former haunt of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, it's charming, cheap and delicious, a perfect haven for the young art set. (David Gilmour once lived opposite, and now his son Matt plays a weekly set there.) Anyway, Magdalena was very happy with me and said at least I had listened to her.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

RUSHKA BERGMAN AND MICHAEL JACKSON


I have just bought a green shirt and - help - I have not asked my friend Rushka Bergman if it is okay. But it is from YSL so could be acceptable. I will wait until she sees it before I remove its labels and lose the receipt.
You really have to take seriously the opinion of somebody who can revitalize the tarnished image of Michael Jackson. Rushka has this ability, and more than that, she should be given the deserved credit.

I was lucky enough to meet her roughly ten years ago in the Katy Barker Offices in the USA. I had just been asked to shoot for V Magazine, and so rang up Katy and said my portfolio is full of nudes. She said go to my office and choose a stylist. I did, and there I found beautiful, haunting images of renaissance characters. I told Katy's assistant that I had never seen such flair. I then asked to work with the girl - and it was Rushka Bergman. Since then, we have worked on many projects, from Cloak and Dagger Butterfly. my book of poetry with photographs, to a book of Brazilian Artists for Enricco Navarro Galleries - and not forgetting Soma Magazine, where she was Fashion Editor, and L'oumo Vogue.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

COCO AVANT CHANEL AUDREY TAOTOU AND THE NEW CHANEL FILM



Like a true Fashionista I can't wait for the new film on Coco Chanel's early life to come out. With costumes by Karl Largerfeld and stunning Audrey Taotou wearing them it should have visual splendor. It opened in Paris this week. Directed by Anne Fontaine I first noticed Audrey in Dirty Pretty Things, a film Directed by Stephen Frears, and for which she was nominated for a prize. She is in my opinion a seriously good actress. she showed versatility and charm when playing in the film Amelie. She has a star quality that French actresses often have.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

ANGLOMOKBA-LONDON TO MOSOW

From the 1st - 3rd May an interesting bunch of British will arrive in Moscow for a week end of cultural exchanges. Stephen Jones, Milliner who I did a shoot with in January, Stephen Frears, Film Director, Michael Nyman,Composer, Jake Chapman, Gavin Turk, Artists, Henry Holland, Designer, Daphne Guiness, Martha Fiennes, who will mix with men and women of equal standing in Russia. I am talking about my book, Cloak and Dagger Butterfly. This is the brain child of Pablo Ganguli. They will be sharing films, ideas, conversations etc and I can't wait to get on that plane.

Monday, 20 April 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON STYLIST RUSHKA BERGMAN


Rushka Bergman, my lovely friend has done it again and transformed Michael Jackson with modern sharp styling putting him in a Tom Ford black suit and a Balmain black T shirt with sequins, topped off with a Balmain belt. Rushka is the stylist of Michael Jackson.
Last year she transformed me into Marilyn Monroe, which gave me so much fun... This year has been fantastic, and from feeling dowdy I am alive with exciting adventures..2 films, 3 book launches, an exhibition, and now I am Fashion Editor of GENLUX MAGAZINE, Los Angeles.. I can give credit to her brilliant styling, and my sense of adventure to follow her. Michael Jackson is a lucky man to have met her.
Can't wait for Mr Jackson to come to London, I shall get ready to watch for Rushka's sleek ideas, and his new appeal . Watch Rushka on You Tube.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

SIR JOHN STANDING, PIZZA ON THE PARK, LONDON




I went for a wonderful evening of Noel Coward Songs sung by John Standing. It took me back to my Drama School days, where I had an incredible singing coach from The Central School of Speech and Drama, called George Hall. There is probably nobody on the planet who knows more about Music Hall and cabaret. I was lucky enough to have lessons with George for 5 years or so.

John dusted down Noel Cowards fabulous lyrics and brought them bang up to date, with humour and a merry lightness, his diction was superb. It was incredible as they could have been written yesterday. Pizza on the Park was the perfect place to listen to him.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

THE WORLD


The world has gone too
clinical for me,
no talking,
I want the real thing
I don't want text
messages with the
right number of kisses
at the end
no one sends flowers
anymore
or scented sweet
nothings
it should change
I want the real thing
Instead for all I
know you are up to no
good in a nightclub
what I need is good strong
arms from a man who
loves me
love grows not diminishes
proper love
lasts

GREYHOUND LOVE




Sadly my son's greyhound died after a twisted gut followed by an operation. I bought two beautiful black dogs from a breader outside Paris 5 years ago. They were quite the most stunning dogs I had ever seen and the most delightful. Glossy black and magnificent. All of us were horrified when Unicorn fell sick and died. So we went on a hunt to find a friend for his brother Ulysses. We found his niece in Sweden and are happy to welcome Madame M.

Monday, 13 April 2009

MEREDITH OSTROM "IT IS BETTER TO BE LOOKED OVER THAN OVERLOOKED"


Meredith arrives at 11am every morning to have life lessons with Lyall. With her chirpy face and biro on her legs, she looks so cute first thing. Multi talented with abilities in every area, she is busy refining them all. Artist to actress, she tries everything. Her address book is swimming with exciting contacts that she introduces with gusto.

BRYAN FERRY



Sometimes things pass you by. Being keen on Bach and Mozart, and forbidden from listening to pop music as a child, I never really cared much about the charts . So I was friends with Bryan Ferry, but a stranger to his music. Luckily, I overturned this on a recent British Airways flight with hours to spend an no good films to watch. Instead, I came across a fascinating documentary on Mr Ferry, who is a truly learned man. When I saw him in London later, we talked about "Miss Otis Regrets", which my mother used to sing, too. And this week. he came to lunch in LA with his son Tara, who is drummer in a band called Rubber Kiss Goodbye - or something like that. Tara has a haughty harm - bleak, morose, suicidal - and if I was 30 years younger...

LEONARD COHEN


I had wanted to see Leonard for a long time and I had my chance .... taking the children off to see my hero with great pride.. sadly they said it was so depressing that they needed leave. I refused and listened to his beautiful poetry full of wit and passion. He sang for a couple of hours in the huge beautiful Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. A complete sell out and with an adoring fan club, he sang as if he was not the age of Grand Papa.

FROM LEONARD COHEN TO ARTHUR MURRAY


What a week it has been. Last month, I found an old friend Lyall Watson, who taught me one summer at RADA. Twenty years on, still burning with the same passion, he was alive! I told him to come and stay in LA, and now he is here with his daughters, spilling the beans on dramatists, novelists, and the qualities of human beings, whilst his daughters lap up the sun. He is an inspiration, he has done everything. Now I just need to get him back into snakey jeans and rings. If he was 30 years younger...