Was MTV’s Cribs the best show of the past 100 years of television? No. Probably not. But it was up there.
The sweet memories of (insert any celebrity here) opening their door as though they weren’t expecting a film crew to rile through their intimate home life. The awe-inspiring voiceovers of Su-chin Pak letting me know how many bathrooms and basketball courts one house can hold. The time Robbie Williams conned/showcased Jane Seymour’s house as his own. The number of times a celebrity would pat their egyptian cotton while saying “this is where the magic happens”.
We have an innate knack of loving a peep into someone else’s life (no wonder reality TV has taken over) and viewing a millionaire’s home was the perfect marriage of voyeurism and creative aspiration. While Cribs may not be what in once was, I still get a thrill from inspirational interior design.
Currently, my favourite rooms in some of my favourite celebrity houses include…
The Queen: Christina Aguilera‘s Closet and Bedroom. (Above)
Christina Aguilera remodelled the old $11 million-plus home of The Osbournes. There is a lot going on, but her closet and bedroom – ahem, boudoir – are completely dreamlike.
Reese Witherspoon‘s Living Room
With19th-century leather chairs and an apple tree stump all in the same living room, Reese has a gorgeous and timeless living room space. The Rogers & Goffigon velvet and jute rug (from Pottery Barn, of all places) bring everything together. View Post
Michael Kaplan did Flashdance, Blade Runner and Fight Club. Now, he continues his streak as costume designer extraordinaire by controlling the clothing of the much-awaited film, Burlesque. He told the LA Times, “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I was thinking about the effect of the movie on fashion. I do what I think is right for the character. I want them to look like they exist in the world.” Take a look at Christina Aguilera, Cher and some of the key costume moments below. View Post
Burlesque (the movie) is about Ali (Christina Aguilera) – a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.
Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer (Kristen Bell), and garners the affection of Jack (Cam Gigandet), a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and gender-bending host (Alan Cumming), Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) arrives with an enticing proposal.
GORGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN COMING TO A SCREEN NEARBY THIS THANKSGIVING. The trailer below shows below-par acting, but I have been an Aguilera fan for about ten years so I might just see this a couple of times in her honour and to honour my love of costuming.