‘Life is a cabaret, old chum!’ There’s nothing like a musical interlude on a Monday night to kick start the week. And so it was, with a skip in our step and a new Miss Selfridge frock on our back, that Grazia Daily headed to Leicester Square for the Burlesque premiere last night. Get your bejeweled bras at the ready, girls!
Our grand entrance was somewhat thwarted by La Aguilera whose ginormous car pulled up just as we were arriving. But credit where credit’s due because Christina sure oozed Hollywood glamour, swathed as she was in a vintage fur stole. What's more, her black Zuhair Murad dress had a scalloped neckline and ruched waist, and she teamed it with Jonathan Aston fishnets and classic Louboutins, so the result was suitably saucy without entering Xtina territory. See for yourselves:
While Christina greeted her adoring fans, burlesque dancers entertained the crowd and A-listers arrived in their droves, including Abi Titmuss and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace * ahem * And next to arrive was legend of all legends, CHER.
But what’s this? Despite the Christina Hendricks-esque red wig, the international icon looked rather subdued wrapped up in a modest leather jacket. Where was the raunch, the flesh-flashing, the glitz, we cried?
Ah, there it is! As Cher reached the flashbulb-popping paps, TA DA, the show-stopping dress appeared. You may roll your eyes at yet another red carpet outing for this Julien Macdonald A/W ’10 dress (remember when Cheryl Cole wore the nude version earlier this year?) but let’s not forget, this is not an easy number to pull off, especially when you're 64 years old. Yep, you read that right, Cher is SIX.TEE.FOUR!
While Christina and Cher opted for event-appropriate underwear-as-outwear, Kristen Bell worked chic minimalism in a lady-like white coat – a wise choice considering it had just started to rain. What’s more, K.Bell had picked up a nifty trick from Jessica Alba to help survive the chilly December night: pocket hand warmers. Bless. And once safely inside the cinema, Kristen whisked off her coat to reveal a floral Stella McCartney frock for some posing beside her co-stars. What a trio they make, eh?
So having seen the film, we say genius! If you can stomach Chicago crossed with Pussycat Dolls meets a very long Christina Aguilera music video, that is. Granted, it's not for everyone, but who needs a plotline when you have Cher, right? The role that cajoled her out of semi-retirement from acting (she hasn’t made a film in 7 years, and hasn’t played a character other than herself in 14!) is, naturally, fabulous, despite the frozen-face.
Meanwhile, Aguilera’s be-wigged transformation from a country bumpkin into a superstar minx (heard that one before?) is brilliantly entertaining, although thanks to that Lady Marmalade video, you can pretty much anticipate the end result. Also, surprisingly enough, her actressing debut ain’t that bad. Oh, and did we mention we now have a serious crush on Cam Gigandet? Please excuse us while we drool.
So quite frankly, the only thing lacking was an almighty Cher + Christina duet. Although would the world collapse under the force of so much warbling divaness on one screen? Looks like we'll never know...
Oh, and if you thought you couldn’t possibly match such campness in real life, then praise be for Miss Selfridge who've just launched their Burlesque-inspired collection featuring a variety of sexy T-shirts. Get yours pronto at www.missselfridge.com, and bring on the spotlight!
by Jessica Vince