Saturday, November 23, 2019


Dame Joan Collins

The fabulous Joan Collins OBE has been a star ever since she was a child, making her debut in A Doll’s House when she was just 9 years old. Since then she has been gracing our screens with her glamorous presence, starring in numerous Hollywood numbers as well as playing Alexis Carrington Colby in the 1980’s television soap opera Dynasty. She has also written many books over the years and in 2013 released ‘Passion For Life: An Autobiography’.
This year, Joan has generously donated these beautiful satin Anne Klein shoes in a size 39.5. She says, “It’s a small but worthy step to eradicate the most cruel disease in the world: child poverty”.

The Celebrity Shoe Auction is in its tenth year and this time we are doing it zero waste!
The signed shoes have been upcycled by kind soled celebrities and are being auctioned to raise funds for barefoot children to take small steps off landfill sites where they eke out a survival from recycling scraps.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Joan Collins on Being the New Face of Valentino and Why She’ll Never Wear Jeans....

Even if Alexis Carrington’s looks in Dynasty defined an entire era of fashion, Joan Collins seems bemused when I ask her to describe her style evolution across the decades since. “I suppose I just gravitate towards whatever catches my fancy, it’s eclectic. Why, how would you describe it?” says the Legendary actress. “Glamorous, playful, with a bit of sparkle,” I offer. “Sequins! But, of course!”
As the star of Valentino’s Christmas campaign, released today, Collins is capping a year in which her love for maximalist ’80s dressing (and sequins) has undergone a renaissance in the fashion world—whether in the power shoulders and eye-popping glitz of recent Saint Laurent and Versace collections, or the resuscitation of labels that defined the era, such as Mugler and Claude Montana. Then, as if to remind everyone who did it first, there was her instantly iconic red carpet moment at the Met Gala in May. With its theme of camp, all Collins really had to do was show up; thankfully, she went the extra mile, wearing a delightfully frou-frou Valentino confection that was directly inspired by her Dynasty costumes, along with a diamond tiara from her own wardrobe. “Pierpaolo [Piccioli] and I went back and forth with designs for about three months—I wanted feathers, but he didn't want feathers,” she remembers. “So I said, I really want feathers! We eventually came to an agreement.” (Needless to say, she wore feathers.)
Her relationship with the house of Valentino extends all the way back to the ’60s, when she first visited Signor Garavani’s atelier in Rome. Over the decades, there are plenty of Valentino pieces in her wardrobe that have come and gone. “You can't keep clothes for decades,” says Collins, firmly. “They just don't look right.” There is one piece, however, that has stood the test of time. “It’s this beautiful black, shimmery, column chiffon dress I bought from one of his couture shows in the ’80s. I was talking to Valentino a few years ago before I went to some event, and I said, ‘I don’t have anything to wear!’ But he has this amazing memory, and replied, ‘Well, darling, why don't you wear that black dress you bought from the couture show in 1989?’ And I said, ‘Oh my god—you remember that?’”

Her love of Valentino extends to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s vision for the house, too: the video accompanying the campaign sees Joan ring the doorbell to a Christmas house party in London in a red lace dress, opera coat and gloves, paired with the diamond jewelry she wore to the Met Gala. Greeting the guests in brilliantly pithy style—“I see it’s not just the champagne that’s flat,” she quips with a raised eyebrow—things are instantly livened up with a spot of Collins-led dancing and a stack of gift boxes from Valentino’s Dante-inspired holiday gift collection.

It seems fitting that Collins would opt for one of the label’s more classic designs, given her timeless sense of style. On the subject of the ’80s style revival, she observes that it’s never really gone away. “I think that the flamboyance of oversized earrings and ill-fitting skirts might have gone—skirts never fitted properly in the ’80s, by the way—and the huge curly hair might have gone, too. But the sleek style that I wore a lot in Dynasty, the pared-back suits but with definitive shoulders and small waists and embellishments of color and jewelry, I think smart women have been doing that through the decades.”
She does, however, mourn the days when dressing up for the day was more of an event. “I really hope that people will spend more money on clothes, because nobody dresses up anymore. If you do, then people stare at you, or make cutting remarks… well, maybe not cutting, but they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look at you! You're all dressed up.’ I find that very sad, because it will be the end of women buying elegant clothes in stores. Everybody’s going to end up in jeans and T-shirts, which I think is tragic.” How does she respond if someone makes a comment like that to her? “Thank you,” she says, drily.

This move towards more casual dressing has created a very specific bĂȘte noire for Collins. “I hate jeans. I hate them, they’re so unflattering. And I hate jeans with holes in the knees, or holes anywhere. I’m not keen on T-shirts with logos, either. I like to be comfortable, but I want to be elegant, too.” It’s something that she particularly struggles with in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, where she has lived since the mid-’50s. “I don't really fit in with the L.A. lifestyle, because everyone's in T-shirts and jeans, and I don't like that look. Oh, and neither does Valentino, by the way. Mr Valentino is always exquisitely dressed, which I love.”
In those sunny Californian climes, she admits it feels strange to already be getting in the festive spirit with a Christmas campaign, meaning she’s not yet ready to start thinking about gifts for the holiday season. “I haven’t really got to that, but I mainly try to tailor the gifts that I'm giving to people to the individual.” As for what’s on her Christmas list this year? “I have so much, I can’t really ask for anything. But I love to read, so I love to get an interesting biography that hasn’t been in print for a while, or a beautiful art monograph.” For those lucky enough to have Collins on their Christmas gifting list: get buying.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

TRIBUTE : TERRY O'NEILL .. 1938 - 2019 ..

As it has been announced that legendary photographer Terry O'Neill has just died I wanted to feature two classic shots of Joan including a wonderful of portrait of Joan & Jackie taken from a shoot in 1974...

Joan taken in 1989 for UK TV Guide magazine

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Elizabeth Taylor’s Dresses Take Bow at Zunino Atelier's AIDS Event

All of Mark Zunino’s clients do charity work. When Zunino agreed to produce a fundraiser for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation at his self-named Mark Zunino Atelier, he was nervous that he would overstep some boundaries or, perhaps worse, he may have not been able to provide the charity event pizzaaz that his clients regularly produce.
Mark Zunino with Linda Gray & Joan Collins
But Zunino reported that a Nov. 7 one-off event for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation at his Los Angeles atelier was a success. He estimated that more than $100,000 was raised at the event hosted by Dame Joan Collins. In attendance were a host of celebrities including Linda Gray, Michelle Lee, George Hamilton & Morgan Fairchild.
One of the event’s stars was a display of Taylor’s dresses. There was a dress from one of Taylor's weddings to Richard Burton. Zunino also designed gowns for Taylor in the 1980s, when Zunino worked with designer Nolan Miller.
“I was scared to death making sketches for her,” Zunino said of his first meetings with Taylor. “She would look at the sketch and say, ‘You are making my face too square. It’s heart shaped. Can you feel my bone structure? ’ Then she would place my hands on her face. Her attention to detail was intense. It was like getting a master’s degree!” Zunino said.
Also on display, Zunino’s sketches of his looks for Taylor.

Friday, November 8, 2019


Joan attended Mark Zunino's Cocktail reception to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation earlier in Beverly Hills.. Other guests included Linda Gray, George Hamilton & Morgan Fairchild..

Joan with Linda Gray & George Hamilton

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Joan now back Stateside was Broadway bound the other evening as she caught up with good friend Jack Rich for a pre theatre stop off at Joe Allen's, before attending a performance of cult sensation 'Forbidden Broadway' at The Triad.. After the show Joan dropped back to meet the cast...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


As the death has been announced of Ireland's greatest broadcaster Gay Byrne, this still comes from one of Joan's many appearances on The Late Late Show in 1999. Joan was in Dublin to promote 'My Friends Secrets' and to appear at a book signing in Dublin.. 

Friday, November 1, 2019


MEDIA CONTACT: Palm Springs Speaks,

Dame Joan Collins Coming to Palm Springs January 2020

(Palm Springs, CA) – Palm Springs Speaks is pleased to announce that Dame Joan Collins will appear in Palm Springs on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon at the Richards Center for the Arts, Palm Springs High School as part of the third season line-up of speakers for the series. “An Afternoon with Dame Joan Collins” is a scripted theatrical journey through Dame Joan's life on the stage and film, lifting the lid on the highs and lows of her amazing career, from her early days at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art right up to her most recent roles on the big and small screen. The show also features a question and answer session where audiences can get a chance to ask Dame Joan their questions! Tickets are on sale now at and start at $30.

Dame Collins is the third speaker announced for Season Three; other speakers include Secretary Robert B. Reich who will appear on Friday, November 8, 2019 and discuss “Finding the Common Good in Uncommon Times” with attendees receiving a copy of his book The Common Good. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward will appear on Friday, March 6, 2020 and will discuss “The State of the American Presidency” with attendees receiving a copy of his book Fear. Tickets for all speakers are available online; a series ticket can now be purchased by becoming a VISIONARY or STAR Sponsor; details are on the web site.
A collaboration between the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs Speaks launched in 2017 and in its first two years has featured a diverse selection of internationally known speakers and authors including Jane Fonda, Vice President Al Gore, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Emilio Estevez, Janet Mock and others.

Dame Joan Collins is first and foremost an actress. However, she is also a best-selling author, an accomplished producer and a successful entrepreneur. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s Choice Awards, nominated several times for Golden Globes, People’s Choice and Emmy awards, as well as recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Joan has appeared in
more than 60 feature films and dozens of television programs. The daughter of theatrical agent Joe Collins and his wife Elsa, Joan Collins was born in London and made her London stage debut at the age of nine in Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Arts Theatre. Joan Collins has appeared in more than 65 feature films and hundreds of television appearances, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. She is recognized world-round as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar. On stage, Joan Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America.

In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.

Palm Springs Speaks is supported by benefactor sponsors: Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Other series sponsors include LuLu California Bistro, The Rowan Palm Springs, Auen Foundation, Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, and Rivera Design.

About Palm Springs Speaks
Palm Springs Speaks seeks to entertain and educate while shining the spotlight on the written word and literacy for the Coachella Valley. The speaker series provides access to culture and the arts with a variety of speakers representing many walks of life. This series also provides an opportunity for the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center to raise funds. For more information, please visit


                               Pre - Order Cosh Boy from Amazon..
A gang of juvenile delinquents tear up post-war London in Lewis Gilbert’s shocking and energetic x-rated drama.

Roy (James Kenney) is a brash, chain-smoking thug who bullies his friends (including Rene, played by a young Joan Collins) into subservience. He and his gang assault and rob people on the street, but things get increasingly dangerous when their behaviour escalates to murderous consequences. 

Unafraid to tackle a host of taboo subjects, Cosh Boy is a penetrating portrait of 1950s Britain and its simmering social tensions. One of the first British films to receive an ‘X’ certificate, this landmark classic is available on Blu-ray for the first time and is the 40th entry to the longstanding BFI Flipside catalogue.
BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
• Stranger in the City (1961, 22 mins): short film by Robert Hartford-Davis about Soho in the 1960s
• Johnny on the Run (1953, 68 mins): Lewis Gilbert’s Children’s Film Foundation production starring Sydney Tafler (Carve Her Name with Pride and featuring an appearance by Dad’s Army actor John Laurie
• The Ten Year Plan (1945, 17 mins): COI film by Lewis Gilbert featuring Charles Hawtrey
• Harmony Lane (1954, 24 mins): musical comedy short by Lewis Gilbert
• Teddy Boys (1956, 8 mins)
• Interview with director Lewis Gilbert (1995)
• US title sequence (1952, 3 mins): opening sequence to the US cut, featuring alternative footage and titles
• **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Matthew Coniam, a new essay on the fashion in Cosh Boy by Jenny Hammerton and full film credits
• Other extras TBC


Joan wit Clive Davis & Bette Midler
Joan now in New York spent a spooky evening at New York's Midtown Hilton to support NY Restoration Project at Bette Midler's Hulaween Party with this years theme was 'Haunted Hollywood - The Golden Age'.. Joan partied as a most glamorous Ringmaster with Bette looking every inch Mae West!