Benedict Cumberbatch People! Wow! Here is a sneak peak from Auntie of Benedict Cumberbatch as a wild-haired King Richard 111 in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown, based on Shakespeare’s play Richard 111. Doesn’t he look rather splendid and dare we say devilishly sexy, on that fine black steed? ‘Grim visaged’ and hunched back he is not. We can’t help thinking he looks more rock ‘n’ roll than murderous monarch. Oh and we heart the styling and the disheveled hair…. The fur trimmed cape alone and sporstwear doublet both destined to spawn a thousand regal imitations….. and we love the cute hippo insignia, what could that signify? Alas, the BBC are being awfully coy. Such is Benedict’s star power, that he is filming roles light years in advance! Sigh.
Shakespeare’s Richard 111 is a fun play to read, because poor Richard is painted as such a ‘deformed’, ‘unfinished’ villain. But is that true? Richard 111 was the last English King to be killed in battle and his death ushered in the Tudors, who proceeded to blacken his name and present his as a murderous, power hungry deformed fiend, who killed the princess in the Tower of London. In reality, Richard was an accomplished soldier and left some interesting legacies including: founding The College of Arms, allowing suspected felons to have their grievances heard and banning the restriction on the printing and selling of books.
I am very pleased to report that real, heart-stopping glamour and old-fashioned amore still exists in world today! The weekend’s Venice nuptials between Gorgeous George Clooney and his fairytale princess-human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin – a beauty in the mould of Audrey Hepburn – seriously restored my faith in movie stars, romance and the power of haute couture! The spectacle on the Venice Grand Canal looked like a scene out of the Oceans Eleven and High Society – as a very suave Clooney, dressed in elegant grey by his friend Giorgio Armani, looked only too delighted to swap his bachelor days for a clever goddess who would look devastating as a First Lady. Yes, that’s right. This wasn’t just the wedding of the decade; it was a very powerful statement of future intent. If you know anything about what makes George Clooney tick, then you will know that he has politics and human rights coursing through his veins. This is the first step on the road to The White House and there will be no more endearing scenes of Amal turning up to chambers in odd shoes! As the fashion world takes dead aim, I would love Amal to champion sustainable British couture and a fabulous dress by Zandra Rhodes for People Tree – with those mile high, gazelle pins she would look adorable in the bodycon cubes dress.
We’ve opened our stylish address book and discovered a ring not dissimilar to Amal’s from royal jewellers ‘Bentley and Skinner’ on Bond Street Piccadilly.
This stunning sparkler is priced at just £7500 – a snip compared to what Mr Clooney is rumoured to have splashed out on Amal’s version!
Gordon Buchanan and the Call of the Wild!
Staying on the theme of hearthrobs… in recent days we caught up with craggy pinup and EH staple, wildlife presenter and cameraman, Gordon Buchanan. Gordon survived his latest close encounter with wolves in the Arctic, but barely had time to return to his family in Glasgow before heading off on his next assignment. Gordon is generously donating a personalized signed picture of his close encounter with that hungry polar bear to our crowd funding campaign. So, if the handsome Scot and his passion for wildlife sets your heart fluttering, get ready to snap up your personal memento on Thursday afternoon when we launch the campaign on crowdfunder.co.uk –there is only one, so you had better be quick.
Eat First – Honest, Delicious Food in a Flash
Friends and confidantes know I would travel to the ends of the earth in pursuit of delicious, wholesome, healthy food – so when a very charming invitation appeared in my inbox, inviting me to come and road test a new concept in fast, healthful food over a glass of champagne and a cosy get together, with the culinary whiz kids at Eat First, how could I say no? Even the prospect of having to adventure into the deepest echelons of London’s Dickensian East End, to trendy, uber Hoxton no less, couldn’t deter your intrepid hackette from reporting on a company who are set to revolutionize what and how Londoners refuel at lunchtime. The evening did not disappoint. Eat First’s charismatic chef, Jane Tran is a super star in the making and I can thoroughly recommend grazing on her butter wouldn’t melt in the mouth haloumi on a bed of pearl barley. The only ingredients missing were a super duper healthy pudding! If you are lucky enough to be based in the square mile, you can graze on delightful dishes from the rather nice people at Eat First every single day of the week and they promise an ever changing menu of seasonal ingredients, so you will never, ever get bored.
A Fashion Spoof As a certain grande dame of British fashion reveals the misery of a once celebrated alliance with a carrot haired fashion and music svengali, take a look at this amusing spoof video by hot British couturier, Lucy Tammam. I wonder who an earth she could be parodying in her sassy video shot at the swish St Pancras Hotel? Anyway, enough of the parody, we are lusting after that svelte corset and harem pants – meow. Click here to watch the video!