Joan's latest film, 'Gerry' will screen on Friday August 10th as part of the HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood at The TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in the Stage 32 Presents Strand at 2:30pm.. Hot from its premiere at The LA Shorts Festival, where Joan won Best Actress for her starring role as Hilda. Films screening are ....
1. YOUR STYLE IS ICONIC AND VERY DISTINCTIVE - AND SEEMS VERY MUCH PART OF YOUR CHARACTER. HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERISE YOUR STYLE?
TIMELESS AND ECLECTIC. I’M EQUALLY AT HOME IN A PANTSUIT AND T-SHIRT AS I AM IN A BALLGOWN. I DON’T WANT TO LOOK LIKE ANYONE ELSE, AND I DON’T FOLLOW “TRENDY” FASHION OR OUTFITS THAT ARE GEARED TOWARDS THE VERY YOUNG. I DESIGN MANY OF MY OWN DRESSES AND COSTUMES AND ENJOY CHOOSING THE FABRICS MYSELF. 2. HOW DO YOU USE FASHION TO EXPRESS YOURSELF?
I CHOOSE WHAT I WEAR EACH DAY DEPENDING ON A) THE WEATHER AND B) WHAT MY PLANS ARE FOR THE DAY. IT MAY BE PANTS (TROUSERS) AND A CASHMERE SWEATER IF IT’S COLD AND I’M STAYING IN OR AN ELEGANT SUIT IF I HAVE A BUSINESS MEETING OR GOING TO LUNCH.
3. WHEN DID YOU FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN STYLE?
I STARTED TO FEEL CONFIDENT IN MY TEENS, WHEN I ESCHEWED PRETTY LITTLE FROCKS WHICH WERE THE STYLE OF THE TIME. I CHOSE TO WEAR BLACK POLO NECK SWEATERS AND TIGHT MATCHING TROUSERS OR A FULL SKIRT WITH A WIDE BELT TO EMPHASIZE MY (THEN) VERY SMALL WAIST, WITH MASSIVE GOLD GYPSY EARRINGS. TRES JULIET GRECO.
4. YOU HAVE AN EXPERT EYE FOR DETAILS – WHAT DETAILS DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU ARE CHOOSING SHOES AND ACCESSORIES?
I LOOK FOR GREAT WORKMANSHIP, ELEGANCE AND WEARABILITY, AND SHOES AND BAGS THAT ARE VERSATILE.
5. WHERE WOULD YOU WEAR THE SHOES AND BAG FROM THE CAMPAIGN?
WITH MONOCHROMATIC DRESSES OR SUITS. THEY ARE THE DEFINITION OF THE VERSATILITY I LOOK FOR - I COULD WEAR THEM TO THE WOLSELEY AT LUNCH AS WELL AS THE CHILTERN FIREHOUSE AT DINNER.
6. ARE THERE ANY RISING STARS WHOSE STYLE YOU ADMIRE?
I THINK CATE BLANCHETT HAS ENORMOUS STYLE, ALTHOUGH YOU COULD HARDLY CALL HER A “RISING STAR”!. 7. WE CAN’T NOT MENTION YOUR ROLE AS ALEXIS IN DYNASTY! DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE OUTFIT FROM THE SHOW?
THERE ARE SO MANY OUTFITS I LOVED BUT THE GREY SILK JERSEY WRAP DRESS WORN WITH A FUR CAPE TRIMMED WITH GREY FOX AND A MATCHING HAT AND BOOTS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. HOWEVER TODAY THAT WOULD BE TOO OVER THE TOP TO WEAR. WHAT I ENJOYED MOST, HOWEVER, WAS COLLABORATING ON EVERY SINGLE OUTFIT WITH THE TALENTED DESIGNER NOLAN MILLER – WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AND IT FELT LESS LIKE WORK AND MORE LIKE PLAY.
8. WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE ABOUT YOU?
SHE HASN’T BEEN BORN YET!
An exclusive insight from Chief Creative Officer Rebecca Farrar-Hockley about the making of Kurt Geiger’s brand new advertising campaign featuring a galaxy of diverse talent.
9am, London, at the peak of British summertime. A tussle of gawping tourists, bumper to bumper cars, weaving cycle couriers and the swirl of dust and lint kicked up from a city in desperate need of a giant iced lolly. Almost every street looks like that traffic-stopping highway scene at the start of La La Land - just with more cursing and fewer choreographed dance routines. Inside an all-white, hanger-sized photographic studio in North London, the already straining air-con is keeping June temperatures just-below-unacceptable, while Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, Chief Creative Officer of Kurt Geiger, is patiently waiting for her chosen talent - set to appear in the brand’s new advertising campaign - to arrive for their close up..
It’s a crucial day, one that is set to steer the shoe and accessory brand on a fresh innovative path, yet if anyone on the crew is nervous they don’t show it. Only the occasional vape cloud is indicative of any jitters. “We’re a tight team,” explains Farrar-Hockley, who started her career in Selfridges, working her way up from unboxing fresh stock on the shop floor to being charged with managing the entire shoe and accessory side of the business. “We just don’t do tense shoots here. We put on the music, get a good vibe going.” Alongside her is the savvy Swedish creative director Erik Torstensson, co-founder of game-changing creative agency Wednesday, today taking the photographs, and stylist Sarah Richardson, both of whom have been a vital part of Farrar-Hockley’s ambitious vision right from the start.
So, what to expect? Or, more to the point who to expect? Be assured, the breadth of talent making their own individual paths across town to be here represents almost every strand of British creative flair, an eclectic mix of body shapes, ages, skin tones and unique personal style. There’s the superstar supermodel Alek Wek, the beloved DJ Nick Grimshaw, the rockistocrat Alice Dellal and her dog, who by the end of the session will have gone through every bag to find a lone sandwich. Throw in the musical maverick that is Jamiroquai, the up and coming British artist Christabel MacGreevy, plus next gen fashion faces Reece King and Molly Smith. If that wasn’t enough not one but two Dames will walk with grace and professionalism through the studio doors today: the fashion legend Dame Zandra Rhodes and the iconic Dame Joan Collins. Your run of the mill fashion campaign, this ain’t.
“I’m glad it doesn’t look like any other campaign,” explains Farrar-Hockley passionately a month after that eventful day, “because that’s precisely what we set out to do. I think the idea of shooting one pretty skinny model surrounded by product is dated and not
representative of the diversity of the Kurt Geiger customer. It would almost be irresponsible to do that. The way many brands work nowadays their advertising doesn’t reflect modern life. There is nothing wrong with fantasy and aspiration, of course, but you need, I believe, a real connection to the customer nowadays. You need an authenticity and I wanted to get a cast of characters that brings out a sense of personal creativity and individualism. These are people who have incredibly strong identities and are good at expressing themselves. Fashion for me is about using the shoe or handbag to draw out your own style, rather than pretending to be someone perhaps you’re not. I don’t want it to feel like a costume, or dress up, it should be more natural than that. And so showing such diversity was really key.”
Erik Torstensson, someone who has worked with many of the biggest fashion brands in the world, also wanted to ensure the images started a conversation with the customer, rather than simply dictating to them from a place of superiority. “We made the photographic space like a blank canvas, all white background, no frills,” he adds. “It was all about them being them, so rather than a transformation it was trying to highlight those aspects that makes them so unique. It felt very natural, actually, partly because you’re not trying to shoe-horn someone into a skirt, or pair of trousers or shoes that don’t suit them. I have been on these sets a lot and this felt really refreshing and very modern.”
For a brand that is all about celebrating the individual, it seems the new Kurt Geiger campaign aims to strengthen that bond between customer and product. For the Creative Director it’s about an open dialogue: “You know, I spend a great deal of time watching our customers,” admits Farrar-Hockley. “I sit outside our stores, I get letters and photos all the time and twice a year I tour the UK, just observing. And our sense of personal freedom, of celebrating that thing you have which is different is so British, and so true. This campaign is for those who want to stand out – whether at a wedding, the school run or just having a drink with a friend after work. After all what feels better than looking good by showing your true colours?”
Joan's latest film 'Gerry' is all set to hit the Film Festival circuit and will be screened at the upcoming HollyShort's Film Festival in Hollywood, which runs from August 9th to 18th.. Info of the time and date of 'Gerry' screening will be announced shortly.. For more info and tickets click the following link.... INFO / TICKETS 14TH HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Delighted to announce that Joan's latest film will get it's premiere on Tuesday July 31st in Los Angeles as part of the 22nd LA SHORTS International Film Festival. The Short film will premiere in the 1:00pm Program at Laemmle Noho 7 North Hollywood. Joan has won a Best Actress award for her previous short film 'Fetish' in 2010. So heres hoping another award is on the horizon! Tickets for July 31st can be purchased here! LA SHORTS FEST PROGRAM 30 FEATURING 'GERRY'
Joan is always eager to do her bit for Charity and in 1985 having been invited to attend the Childrens Royal Variety Show at The Dominion Theatre in London, due to her busy 'Dynasty' schedule she was unable to attend. However she did invite the pictured children to attend in her name, with the proceeds from this photo by Lord Lichfield to go to charity.
Joan is no stranger to awards shows as she has attended many over her long career.. This rare shot features Joan with the late Gary Collins as they present an award at The 1981 Peoples Choice Awards at The Desilu Studios.. Hopefully with Joan's senational new role on the hit series 'American Horror Story' she will be accepting some awards rather than handing them out!