At The W.E. Premiere

Mimi ON Jan 12, 2012 AT 1:02 pm

Madonna - Van Cleef & Arpels - Photo by Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

Madonna - Van Cleef & Arpels - Photo by Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

I went to the premiere of Madonna’s directorial debut, the much hyped film W.E last night at the Odeon Kensington.

Of course we were all waiting to see what Madonna would wear on the red carpet, she had on a rather plain long black dress and a lace cardi after she’d taken off the original feathers. Ok it was a Gaultier dress and Van Cleef and Arpel diamonds but worn with red leather fingerless driving gloves and chunky red hooker shoes, this was not the superstar I expected to see. We thought maybe we were seeing Madonna the ‘director‘ so she was playing ‘more serious’ than the daring musical icon we’ve grown up with, but it was not her best look.

Madonna - Van Cleef & Arpels - Photo by  Jon Furniss - Getty Images

Madonna - Van Cleef & Arpels - Photo by Jon Furniss - Getty Images

Interviewed by Edith Bowman on the red carpet she was happy to see the premiere finally happen after doing the rounds at all the film festivals. What does she think the secret is to looking young? “Love” of course. When Madonna spoke on the stage she spoke about this famous love story, “Their story is so rich, diverse & complex I never got bored researching it.

The film tells this fascinating story more from the side of Wallis Simpson, played so beautifully by Andrea Riseborough, she absolutely transforms herself into this character. Her performance is worthy of awards, which she will probably not be nominated for as it’s ‘the Madonna film’ which is a shame. Abbie Cornish is the modern day Walle, a girl living a miserable life with a man who is the complete opposite of Edward VIII, he couldn’t care less. She visits the Sotheby’s auction house in NY to immerse herself amongst the Wallis collection that was going on sale in 2010 and obsess over her namesake’s life. If I was to criticise the film, it should be sharper and tighter, there was a lot of slo-mo and long drawn out sequences that often felt like a Madonna pop video, but that didn’t ruin the film for me at all.

Performances by Andrea Riseborough, James D’arcy, Abbie Cornish and the very hot Cuban, Oscar Isaac made the film enjoyable to watch, we couldn’t help thinking Madonna was drooling over Oscar with us in the dailies too!

Champagne, bowls of sausage and mash and mini lemon tarts were served at the after party at The Belvedere in Holland Park, where we toasted that this was a very good way to start the party season in 2012, thanks Madge, we still salute you!

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