Kenny Everett ( real name Maurice James Christopher Cole) was one of my favourite early alternative comedians. He was best known as a British Radio DJ and for his TV show, The Kenny Everett Video Show, and The Kenny Everett Television Show.
His comedy was so ahead of its time when he started, and after moving his Video show from Thames TV to the BBC in 1981 he created some new characters. One of those said characters was this young lady, the spooneristically named Cupid Stunt, a supposed American B- Film actress with pneumatic breasts, and played with no attempt to disguise Everett’s beard, who told a cardboard cutout of chat show host Michael Parkinson, lurid tales of life on set with Burt Reynolds and other male stars of a similar era. Her original name, Mary Hinge, was vetoed by the Corporation as too obvious, and announcers were encouraged to refer to her as Cupid to prevent mispronunciation. Her final action in each scene was to cross and uncross her legs – anticipating Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct a few years later.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kenny on a few occasions as he used to get his haircut at a salon I worked at in the 80’s in Knightsbridge London. He used to cause a riot when he came in, having everyone in the salon in stitches of laughter.
Hence, this Monday morning I’m hoping you’ll enjoy a clip of the legend that is Kenny Everett as Cupid Stunt, who also became one of Michael Parkinson’s favourite guests on his real chat show.
REMEMBER PEOPLE OF THE UK: CLOCKS GO FORWARD AT 1AM TOMORROW MORNING.
AND THAT MEANS SPRING, SPRING, SPRING, IS OFFICIALLY HERE!!
Here are some timeless , time related, classic music videos to get you in the mood for the fact that the clocks go forward tomorrow to signify the start of British Springtime (I know it’s clutching at straws a little, but what the heck…any excuse to play an oldie) . YAY
Hopefully some of these songs will put a spring in your step ( boom boom!!)
CULTURE CLUB – TIME CLOCK OF THE HEART
TENOR SAW – RING THE ALARM
GWEN STEFANI – What you Waiting For
SPARKS -BEAT THE CLOCK
CYNDI LAUPER – TIME AFTER TIME
CHICAGO – DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS
PINK FLOYD – TIME
BILL HAYLEY AND HIS COMETS – ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
The beautiful Stella Tennant was discovered by fashion writer, Plum Sykes. The punky art student went on to become a model phenomenon. I met Stella on my second ever editorial for Italian Vogue in 1994.. She was as new to the business as I was but she oozed confidence from the onset. Working with legendary photographers such as Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber she became the face of Channel for Karl Lagerfeld. British Vogue featured Stella in one of their supposed most expensive sittings for the Anglo-Saxon Attitudes shoot in 1993 styled by Isabella Blow. The brief was to find beautiful aristocratic English girls to inspire Steven Meisel.
Stella has since worked with and for, absolutely everybody in the fashion industry, epitomising the 90’s and the noughties as much as Kate Moss has, but in a way that’s much more understated and with a far less exposed personal life. Stella and Kate have been photographed together a few times which you’ll see below. She has modelled for Calvin Klein, Hermes, Burberry, and more recently in campaigns for Pringle of Scotland and Tim Walker’s campaign for LK Bennett.
Stella met her husband David Lasnet when he was a photo assistant in the late 90’s. David has since given up photography and become a qualified osteopath, working in Edinburgh where Stella, David and their lovely 4 children now live .( I can vouch that they’re lovely as I’ve met them all) They divide their time between Edinburgh and their other home in Berwick Upon Tweed, in the Scottish Borders.
Even though Stella is still modelling, she also finds the time to design with her sister Issy. She has a degree in fine art whilst Issy has a degree in decorative art and between the 2 of them they created the Tennant & Tennant Gilded Pleasures collection, which launched during this years London Design Festival.
I wanted to celebrate Stella’s wonderful career with you as it’s definitely worth celebrating.
Here is a collection of some of Stella’s most memorable photographic shoots and magazine covers. Stella means Star in Italian, she couldn’t have been given a better name.
Also, back in 2012 Stella answered a Q&A for me. She rarely does these kind of things but she very kindly agreed to do it for me. Click HERE to read the Q&A.
SOME OF STELLA’S MOST WELL KNOW EDITORIAL
BELOW IS STELLA WITH HER SISTER ISSY IN THEIR STUDIO WITH SOME OF THEIR WORK.
We love ourselves a bit of the comedian Micky Flannagan here at Moodie HQ, and I really enjoyed this clip the first time i saw it. It demonstrates the difference in humour us BRITS have compared to across the pond. Although I have to say, we do love the Americans too. Check out the reference to hair as well, or loss of, should i say………..
And for those who need any translating, ” a syrup”, is cockney rhyming slang for a wig.
Click HERE for a great website about Cockney Rhyming Slang if anybody’s interested in knowing more!!
Happy Mondays to all wig and non wig wearing friends……. hahaha
“Beard” opened to the public from 5 March – 29 March in the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House. Go see it if you can.
I met photographer Brock Elbank back in the late 90’s when he was a photographic assistant in London.
We lost touch up until recently thanks to social media. I knew he was working on a project to do with “beards” , and now that project has come to fruition with an exhibition at Somerset House in London.
The exhibition began as a charity project when Brock teamed up with a friend who had begun a charity called Beard Season in Australia, raising awareness about skin cancer through persuading men to grow beards.
Brock says his project is more than just about beards – ‘It’s just interesting people, a real cross-section of society that will be brought together in this show.’ The subjects of his photographs are as diverse as the beards are, they include, models, real people and actor John Hurt.
Model Billy Huxley is one of the 80 works to feature in the exhibition.
I have some more new editorial out this month in the French fashion/beauty/style magazine Mixt(E). The shoot titled “Like A Child” was photographed by my friend Jem Mitchell. This hair story I based around child like virginal hair, that has just grown and grown and is a little unkempt with its texture.
Inspired by the photographs of Sally Mann, David Hamilton and Jock Sturges
I hope you enjoy the shoot. I love it.
CREDITS: “LIKE A CHILD” MIXT(E) MAGAZINE SPRING 2015
I hope you enjoy this little video below that I’ve made courtesy of our friends at Jib Jab of me Irish dancing with singer Sinead O’Connor, Niall Horan from One Direction, and comedians Graham Norton, and Dara O’Briain,
Happy St Patricks Day to All My Irish friends and fans
Good Morning everyone and welcome to another Monday…..Again.
Have you ever been stuck for words in a foreign country because you just don’t speak the lingo?
Well fear no more, and let me introduce you to the wonderful actress/comedian Catherine Tate, who had a character known as “I Can Do That” Lady. Here she is proving that she can speak any language you require, albeit a little offensive, shall we say?
What can I say about ( Lee) Alexander McQueen, that hasn’t already been said? He is one of Britain’s most celebrated designers ever.
Born in South London, after leaving school at 16 he began as a tailor’s apprentice with London’s Savile Row tailors Anderson and Sheppard, before joining Gieves and Hawkes, then later, the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.
At the age of 20, he spent a period of time working for Koji Tatsuno before moving to Milan in Italy to work for Romeo Gigli.
In 1994 he applied to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design to work as a pattern cutter tutor. Because of the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded by Bobby Hillson, the Head of the Masters course, to enroll in the course as a student. He received his masters degree in fashion design and his graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was said to have persuaded him to become known as Alexander (his middle name) when he launched his fashion career. I first saw his designs being worn by Isabella when I used to cut her hair. She adored him and his work.
It was shortly after creating his second collection,“McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty”, that he met stylist, Katy England, his soon to be “right hand woman”. He promptly asked her to join him for his third collection, “The Birds” at Kings Cross, as “creative director”. Katy England continued to work with McQueen thereafter, greatly influencing his work – his “second opinion”.
Alexander’s early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics with trousers aptly named “Bumsters” and a collection titled “Highland Rape”, which I was lucky enough to actually see the show. He was known for his unconventional runway shows: a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection; spring 2005’s human chess game; and his fall 2006 show “Widows of Culloden”, which featured a life-sized hologram of Kate Moss dressed in yards of rippling fabric, and in one of his early collections he created a trouser suit with pee stains around the crotch area. These were famously worn by Isabella Blow on a regular basis.
His famous “bumsters” trousers began a huge trend in low rise jeans.
Some of his other accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title ” British Designer Of The Year”, which he won four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also awarded the CBE and named International Designer of the Year by the Council Of Fashion Designers in 2003
The president of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, caused a stir when he appointed McQueen as head designer at Givenvchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano. On his arrival at Givenchy, he insulted the founder by calling him “irrelevant”. His first couture collection with Givenchy was unsuccessful, with even McQueen telling Vogue in October 1997 that the collection was “crap”. McQueen toned down his designs at Givenchy, but continued to indulge his rebellious streak, causing controversy in autumn 1998 with a show which included double amputee model Aimee Mullens striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs. This year he also completed one of his most famous runway shows previewing Spring/Summer 1999, where model, Shalom Harlow graced the runway in a strapless white dress, before being rotated slowly on a revolving section of the catwalk whilst being sprayed with paint by two robotic guns. he left Givenchy in 2001.
December 2000 saw the Gucci Group’s acquiring 51% of his company with him serving as Creative Director. Plans for expansion included the opening of stores in London, Milan, and New York, and the launch of his perfumes Kingdom and, most recently, My Queen. In 2005, McQueen collaborated with Puma to create a special line of trainers for the shoe brand. In 2006, he launched McQ, a younger, more renegade lower-priced line for men and women.
Sadly, Lee McQueen’s death was announced on the afternoon of 11 February 2010. In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanging at his home on Green Street, London W1. Paramedics were called and they pronounced him dead at the scene. He left a note saying, “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.
Right before his death, he had created an eighty percent unfinished Autumn/Winter collection. 16 pieces were finally presented during Paris Fashion Week on 8 March 2010, to a select handful of fashion editors in a mirrored, gilded salon at the 18th-century Hôtel de Clermont-Tonnerre.
Fashion editors picked his final designs. Editors said the show was hard to watch because it showed how McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife. The clothes had a medieval and religious look. Basic colours that were repetitively used were red, gold and silver with detailed embroidery. His models were accessorised to show his love for theatrical imagery. “Each piece is unique, as was he”, McQueen’s fashion house said in a statement that was released with the collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted an exhibition of Lee’s work in 2011 titled Savage Beauty. The exhibition’s elaborate staging includes unique architectural finishes and soundtracks for each room. Despite being open for only three months, it was one of the top 10 most visited exhibitions in the museum’s history. The exhibition was so successful that Alexander McQueen fans and industry professionals worldwide began rallying at Change.org to “Please Make Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty a Traveling Exhibition”, to bring honour to McQueen and see his vision become a reality: to share his work with the entire world.
Moving from the Metropolitan Art Museum of New York to London on 14 March – 2 August 2015, Savage Beauty opens today, as a celebration of the extraordinary creative talent of recent times Alexander McQueen. I suggest you go and see it come what may.
Take a look below at some of his inspiring catwalk show videos over the years to his final collection Platos Atlantis 2010, and to finish a link to “McQueen and I”. A documentary about Lee and his entourage.