Saturday 18 November 2017

Society: Boos for Enda at Angela bash

Angela Lansbury at the Audi Dublin Film Festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Angela Lansbury at the Audi Dublin Film Festival. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Female lead: Elle Fanning
Made in Chelsea's Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo at the SS16 Paul Costelloe collection at London Fashion Week.
Alber Elbaz and Paul Smith at London Fashion Week
Charlotte de Carle, Storm Keating, Ashley James and Vogue Williams at the Paul Costelloe party during London Fashion Week
Joan Burstein and Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week
Chef Ross Lewis at the Chapter One launch of the 5th Galway Food Festival. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Lee-Ann McCarthy and Gillian Corbally at the opening of Centre Stage at the Osprey, at the Osprey Hotel, Naas. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Deirdre O'Kane
Roisin O'Hea and Alan Hughes at Fairyhouse. Photo: Conor Healy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Hell hath no fury like scorned Angela Lansbury fans. Something Enda Kenny quickly discovered at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Kenny was presenting the Murder She Wrote star with a Volta lifetime achievement award as part of the Audi Dublin Film Festival.

The mood soured slightly after punters were kept waiting in their seats over half an hour for the show to start. We were told the delay was due to "technical difficulties" but no one seemed to be buying it.

When the Mayo man sauntered out on stage he was met with pantomime boos. Enda then proceeded to make a truly terrible speech.

"We remember our parents watching Murder She Wrote and now, perhaps, we too are parents," was one choice sound bite.

"Angela was nominated for an Oscar at a young age," Kenny continued. "And we know other actresses nominated for Oscars." Come again?

Lansbury accepted the award graciously while Enda lingered at her elbow waiting for a photo opp. Thankfully, Kenny eventually left the stage and we were able to listen to Angela in all her glory recount the highs and lows of her career and wax lyrical about County Cork.

Lansbury has led some life; grand-daughter of British Labour leader George Lansbury, she was a WWII evacuee who managed to land her first role on Gaslight while working as a shop girl in Los Angeles.

"My eye was always on the studios; MGM and Warner seemed like magic kingdoms of movies, then I got a part in Gaslight and suddenly I was in the business," she said.

Then it was non-stop tales of Broadway shows, Disney musicals and bunking up with Bette Davis while filming Death on the Nile.

But Jessica Fletcher got the most appreciative round of applause.

The teacher-turned-crime-fighter managed to solve more than 250 murders during the show's run.

"I think people like her because she was smart," the 90-year-old screen veteran said.

I returned to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre later in the week for the opening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick talked to Linda Martin about Nicky Byrne's Eurovision chances.

Alan, Mary and  creating a monster

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Female lead: Elle Fanning

The producer behind Oscar-­nominated film Brooklyn, Alan Moloney, has already started working on his next silver screen project, A Storm in the Stars.

The movie is being shot in Dublin and focuses on the controversial love affair between poet Percy Shelley and an 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft. The affair was so explosive it resulted in Mary Shelley penning gothic horror Frankenstein.

Elle Fanning (above) takes on the female lead while Douglas Booth plays Percy. "We started this week in Dublin and will head over to Luxembourg for the rest of the shoot," Alan told me.

Alan is, of course, in the City of Angels for the 88th Academy Awards and hopes Brooklyn takes home the top gong. "Win, lose or draw - being there is a success," he said. "But it's incredible to have two Irish films (including Room) in the running for Best Film."

It's the second time Alan has been - he went in 2012 when Glenn Close was ­nominated for an Oscar in Albert Nobbs. "Being there is a bit bizarre," he said. "At first you're looking around frantically but after 10 minutes you get slightly blasé."

Bubbles and stellar stars for LFW

By Bairbre Power

Paul Costelloe kicked off the ­London Fashion Week party scene with a great celebration after exceedingly well-received AW16 collection. Paul treated guests to bubbles and enjoyed one himself as he mingled with guests and a heavy sprinkling of celebrity fans after his two teatime shows at Le Méridien in ­Piccadilly last week.

There were loads of faces from the Made in Chelsea show and I met Ashley James, the presenter who has been linked with David Walliams and was guesting on Xposé this week, and she was snapped with DJ and model Charlotte de Carle.

Vogue Williams and Storm Keating went backstage to congratulate Paul and his wife Anne, but stealing the limelight was Martha, the designer's granddaughter, who looked gorgeous in one of his tartan dresses. There will be more Costelloes soon as Paul's eldest son Justin and his wife are expecting a second child in weeks.

Up early for a brunch celebration at Soho House hosted by designer Zoe Jordan - who brought along her two gorgeous daughters, Dylan and Eden, and husband, Steve Aspinal - the receptionist had to look twice because I had only left the Dean Street venue a few hours earlier after a lovely dinner with top fashion and lifestyle PR Tara O'Connor, who is moving back to Ireland in the summer after a rewarding 18-month sojourn working and living in Kensington.

The big show on Saturday night belonged to Simone Rocha and I chatted with her sole Irish stockist, Nikki Creedon from Havana in Donnybrook, at Lancaster House. Simone was one of the guests invited to mark the 90th birthday party of Joan Burstein, the founder of the legendary Browns fashion store on London's South Molton Street.

Mrs B, as she is affectionately known, is single handedly responsible for introducing so many designers their first start in the UK, and so many turned up to say happy birthday to her in the ballroom of Claridge's on Sunday night.

It was a stellar gathering with Sir Paul Smith, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her protégées, Alber Elbaz, Manolo Blahnik and John Galliano, all in attendance. Karl Lagerfeld sent "a garden of flowers" to the birthday girl who wore one of her vintage Chloé by Karl dresses.

Guests sipped elderflower champagne cocktails and dined on lobster risotto and Kent lamb, dancing into the night to music curated by the birthday girl - her favourites, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone.

Gourmands head west for Easter appetising

By Bairbre Power

Chef Ross Lewis at the Chapter One launch of the 5th Galway Food Festival. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Flying to the Aran Islands to taste the islands' goats' cheese... I don't mind if I do! Michelin-starred chef Ross Lewis (above) welcomed the food tribes of Galway to his Chapter One restaurant on Thursday when he launched the programme of the 5th Galway Food Festival, which takes place over Easter.

Ross will open the five-day festival on Holy Thursday at the Galway Global Food Village at the historic Spanish Arch. The festival takes place over the Easter weekend and includes an Orient Express dinner and a trad music tasting menu on the shores of Lough Corrib at the Lodge at Ashford.

Guests at the lunchtime reception enjoyed canapés and wine to whet their appetite ahead of the festival which promises aromas, flavours, chefs' demos and inspiring food talks driven by festival chairperson JP McMahon.

Roz Purcell is heading west for Easter and she's inviting guests to join her for dinner at Brasserie on the Corner where, with the Brasserie's chef Joe Flaherty, they will be creating a five-course tasting menu straight from her bestselling book, Natural Born Feeder.

Man in a van ready to bring Dee home

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Deirdre O'Kane

'I have the man in a  van on standby," ­comedian Deirdre O'Kane said. "And soon we'll be Dún Laoghaire bound".

O'Kane (above) and her family are leaving the leafy London suburb of Chiswick and returning to the Old Country next month.

And it sounds like their new home will be a busy one.

"The kids are trying to negotiate as many pets out of the situation as possible," she said. "Emotional manipulation - we've already promised them everything - even chickens."

The actress has just kicked off her one-woman tour, 1Dee, full of punchlines about long-distance relationships and the school run.

But this week she made her way to the bright lights of Naas for the opening of Centre Stage at the Osprey.

"I'm so close to my home town of Dundalk. But I can't visit," she said. "That's like bringing a child near Disneyland - unfair."

Fortune favours Hughes at races

By Bairbre Power

Roisin O'Hea and Alan Hughes at Fairyhouse. Photo: Conor Healy

Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes was in winning form at Fairyhouse last Saturday at the Bobbyjo Chase day where over 2,000 people enjoyed a great day's racing and it certainly got them in form for Cheltenham and the ­upcoming BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

Socialite Avila Lipsett, who comes form Rathgar but now lives near Fairyhouse in Balrath, Co Meath, enjoyed a flutter as did stylist Sonja Mohlich and model boss Anne Morgan from Distinct Model Agency.

Guests enjoyed a lunch of duck terrine, mixed grill and a honey, pistachio and poppyseed cake.

The racecourse had a live singer, Eamonn Toal, on the day which sparked lots of impromptu dancing - and if his face looked familiar to punters, it's because of Eurovision fame. Eamonn, from Castleblayne, represented Ireland in 2000 and his song, 'Millennium of Love' came in sixth, with 92 points!

The racing set will be gathering again in House next Wednesday to launch the 2016 Fairyhouse Easter Racing Festival where Rachel Wyse will chat to milliner Alison Roe, whose husband Peter is the manager at Fairyhouse, to discuss what she will be looking for as a judge of the Most Stylish Lady competition sponsored by Carton House.

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