Am I a victim of pop culture?

(First written January 17, 2012) Last week-end was quite busy in the glitter world, wasn’t it? From the Golden Globes in Hollywood to the first runways in Milan, no wonder style columnists had so much on their plates (or rather, their desks) on Monday morning!

I can’t help it: I like celebrities. Although I would not be caught dead in possession of a gossip magazine, I still seem to know that Jay Z has decided he won’t use the word “bitch” in his rap songs anymore and that Agyness Deyn will soon be on stage in the West End

Aside from the compulsory gown analyses of our favourite actresses live from the Red Carpet, I couldn’t help but notice the six glamorous actors who were slipped into the Spring-Summer 2012 Prada collection show on Sunday evening! Look at them, trying to be all model-like! Personal hats off to Tim Roth who wasn’t afraid to show his amusement, Gary Oldman who smoothly represented the Prada male and of course Adrien Brody and his red spectacles! In a show which was meant to portray “Men and Power”, those six and their different personalities were all we needed.

I believe that the mix of fashion and celebrities is very powerful. I noticed this a few years ago when actresses and actors were being chosen as models for Dior, Miu Miu, Chanel etc. To me, even though they represent a dream, they also show a certain closeness to the audience. All actors have a unique personality, which makes them trustworthy and human to those they appeal to. Models represent a different kind of fantasy, but we can cover that later.

In this runway case, all I can do when I see these gentlemen is smile at their immediate acceptance to participate when Miuccia Prada contacted them and at the surprise that they created in the room when they started coming out onto the runway.

I don’t only pay attention when film celebrities appear in fashion. When they announce that they will act in a venue close to me, I jump. Heck, I just bought my ticket to see Juliette Binoche in Mademoiselle Julie which is playing in September 2012! In 2011, I was lucky enough to see Elisabeth Moss, Keira Knightley, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kevin Spacey on London stages. I admit I enjoy comparing them on the screen and on the stage. I also truly appreciate it when I hear that a film star has chosen to work in the theatre for a few months – it shows that they enjoy coming back to the roots of their art.

Perhaps I am a victim of “pop culture”, as I often look out for celebrity names I know, but I also see this as trying to get closer to them, to see their real height, observe their gestures and take in their whole presence in a location where they are not half absorbed by a frame.

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