Sunday, November 23, 2014

THE SUNDAY TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE .. NOVEMBER 23RD 2014..

Joan features in today's issue of Style magazine with The Sunday Times..

Miss Collins invites

From Liz Taylor to Andy Warhol, Joan Collins has partied with the best of them. The ultimate hostess shares her tips on how to throw the soiree of the season

Joan Collins Published: 23 November 2014
First-night party at the Waldorf, London, 2001 (Richard Young)
I have thrown dozens of parties in my life: children’s birthday parties, Christmas parties, beach parties, pool parties, barbecues, cocktail parties, seated dinners for 10, kitchen suppers for four, buffet dinners for 50, and weddings, at which, of course, I’m an expert.

The guest list
The first and most crucial element of a great party is the guest list. I invite a core group of my closest friends and family along with a sprinkling of new friends, as one doesn’t want to see the same faces every year. Boring or dull people can cast a bad vibe over any gathering, so I’m ruthless about whom I invite.
The food
I make sure I have the most delicious food possible, and I’m lucky enough to know a terrific chef who comes in to cook mouthwatering fare. For buffets I like to have three or four simple things so that everyone has a choice. I want everyone to be able to sit down comfortably, even if they are balancing their plates on their laps, so I always have food that doesn't require a knife, such as salmon en croute, shepherd's pie or beef stroganoff.
Drink is a big part of a festive gathering, so I bring in well trained waiting staff with instructions not to let anyone's glass stay empty for too long and keep the finger food circulating. Of course, we have the de rigueur champagne and white wine, but I discourage red wine, as just a tiny spill can result in disaster for any soft furnishings. Regarding staff, unless it's a kitchen supper, when we do everything ourselves, even the washing up. Well, we do have a dishwasher. I've never relished spending the entire party worrying about anything but my guests and I've noticed it can make the guests feel uncomfortable if you're trying to do everything yourself. It needn't be expensive if you're resourceful.
The Décor And Ambience
This is terribly important to me, especially at Christmas, when I spend days dressing the flat in festive mode. The tree is a focal point. Ideally it should be a real fir about 14ft high, though I confess when I've had a family Christmas in Florida or California, I substitute it with a fake one. People often can't tell the difference as long as the tree is loaded with all the baubles and ornaments I've been collecting and making since my children were little. I decorate the flat to the hilt with white or red plants, but never mix the two - that's bad luck.
For my Christmas soiree I encourage all the women to dress up, since I love the 'dressing up box' anyway, and at Christmas time I feel it's particularly appropriate. It's a big effort to give a really great party, so why not persuade everyone to look gorgeous in celebration of the festivities? No jeans or trainers, please and besides, the men like it too.
Timings
Most people at my Christmas party know each other, so the atmosphere is convivial (and crowded). If the invitation says 8pm, I try to have the buffet on the table by 9.15pm, although some of my friends are notoriously tardy. For a seated dinner, I don't believe in waiting longer than an hour for latecomers.
Elizabeth Taylor was so late one evening, that when she arrived we had finished dinner. In came the fabled star, abjectly apologetic and insisting she wasn't going to eat.
'I'll just have a cigarette', she said, trembling slightly as she lit it. We stood in the entrance hall and she looked nervously into the living room where everyone was pretending not to notice. Hollywood people are just as star-struck as ordinary mortals and Elizabeth was the last of the glamorous superstars. That night she was wearing very long acrylic nails and as the match flared so did her nails!. 'Oh my God! My nail's on fire!', she shrieked. George Hamilton gallantly threw his drink over her hand and Elizabeth stared at the dripping mess with dismay, but in true Hollywood style she recovered immediately and then asked. 'Do you have an emery board?'
Music
I love all types of music, so Percy and I carefully choose what we are going to play for the cocktail hour. I like nostalgia , 1940's classics like Frank Sinatra and the old standards, which are all mellow and romantic and don't distract from the conversation.
After dinner, some people love to dance, so we amp up the mood with contemporary tunes. I'm besotted with Pharrell William's 'Happy', which is guaranteed to get people up and giggling away. This summer I was at a party in St Tropez and as soon as that song started, I stood up and gave it my all. A photographer snapped me dancing and the picture ended up everywhere. A cautionary word in this world of YouTube and Instagram ... Iphones are everywhere!

The Postmortem
Last of all, don't worry. If you've made sure you have enough food and drink, and that your staff or servers have been properly instructed, just relax and enjoy the show.
My final word on entertaining comes from my dear, departed friend Sue Mengers. She believed that if they don't invite you back, after you've invited them, don't ask them again - a school of thought I wholly embrace. However, there are certain allowances I make for friends who perhaps can't afford to entertain, but who at least make the effort to keep in touch.

THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE .. SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2014 ..

As well as featured in today's 'Sunday Times' style magazine with a two page article on throwing a party.. Joan can also be seen in 'The Sunday Times Magazine' with this two page portrait from a new book 'Seventies Glamour' by David Wills & Stephen Schmidt.. Joan is posing for a sculptor at renowned mannequin creators 'Rootstein' in 1975... 'Seventies Glamour' is Available next week from Harper Collins...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seventies-Glamour-David-Wills/dp/0062265563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416760336&sr=8-1&keywords=seventies+glamour

Friday, November 14, 2014

A NIGHT WITH JOAN COLLINS .. NOVEMBER 28TH TO 30TH 2014.. THE SOUTH POINT HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS ..



Joan will light up the Las Vegas Strip this coming Thanksgiving Weekend, with her worldwide smash hit show ' A Night With Joan Collins'.. For three exclusive performances in the Showroom at The South Point Hotel & Casino

from Friday November 28th to Sunday November 30th... Tickets on sale now!  See the following link...
http://www.southpointcasino.com/entertainment/entertainers/joan-collins.php

THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW .. JANUARY 23RD TO 25TH 2015.. THE WESTIN LOS ANGELES AIRPORT ..

Joan will make an appearance at the next Hollywood Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport this coming January 23rd to 25th 2015. Joan appears courtesy of Karen Cadle International.. Times to be confirmed... Book your tickets here....
http://www.hollywoodshow.com/main.php

Sunday, November 9, 2014

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY .... JOAN'S VISIT TO THE TOWER OF LONDON GAREDN OF POPPIES..

As it's Remembrance Sunday, this photo was taken a few days ago, when Joan paid a visit to The Tower of London to pay her respects at the Garden of Poppies, a striking symbol of the nation's loss, to commemorate Remembrance Day....

Friday, November 7, 2014

TIMELESS BEAUTY .. QVC UK ROUNDUP ... NOVEMBER 7TH 2014 .

JOAN WITH PIPPA GORDON
Joan made 3 appearances on QVC UK to promote her highly praised, bestselling 'Timeless Beauty' range, which continues to sell out! Here are some photos from these appearances... To view the complete collection check out ....
WWW.JOANCOLLINSBEAUTY.COM
JOAN WITH PIPPA GORDON ON TODAY'S SHOW

JOAN WITH CHLOE EVERTON



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

TIMELESS BEAUTY .. QVC UK .. THURSDAY 6TH / FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2014 ..

Just a reminder that Joan makes two appearances on QVC UK later today at 11:00am and then at 4:00pm..  With an additional show on Friday 7th at 2:00pm... Watch live at...

http://www.qvcuk.com/Live+Channel.content.html?sc=LTVMH

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

QUEENS OF DRAMA COMING TO POP TV IN 2015!

Joan will make a special guest appearance on 'Queen's of Drama' on TV Guide's rebranded channel, POP in 2015!
JOAN with DONNA MILLS ..
“Queens of Drama” is a docu-series featuring daytime and primetime soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. The cast will need to work in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce this new steamy series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season.
The all-star cast includes Lindsay Hartley (“All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives”), Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live”), Vanessa Marcil (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “General Hospital”) and Chrystee Pharris (“Passions,” “General Hospital”) and Hunter Tylo (“The Bold and The Beautiful”).'' Also make special appearances is 'Knot's Landing' star Donna Mills...

The show is produced by Thinkfactory Media, with Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Aaron Fishman, Tim Laurie, and Leslie Greif, serving as executive producers.
Along with Pop's other new series, “Queens of Drama” will premiere when TV Guide Network rebrands to its new name and programming lineup in early 2015

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QVC UK BREAST CANCER CARE FUNDRAISER .. OCTOBER 13TH 2014 ..


Joan with a signed t-shirt also up for auction.

QVC UK held an on air show to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care which included an auction of some fabulous lots. One of which donated by Joan included a pampering day at Urban Retreat at Harrods using products from Joan's highly successful 'Timeless Beauty' range. If that wasn't enough, the lucky winner always will have cocktails at Claridge's with Joan. This sensational lot went for £2,000 as a gift for a 40th birthday...


Sunday, October 12, 2014

THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL .. THE BEVERLY HILTON .. BEVERLY HILLS .. OCTOBER 11TH 2014 ..

Joan attended The Annual Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton last night and met up with Jackie as well as friends Suzanne Somers and event organiser Barbara Davis.. Entertainment was provided by Josh Groban & Jennifer Hudson..
 
Joan with Clive Davis & event host Barbara Davis
With Alan Hamel & Suzanne Somers
 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

THE SHOOTING STAR CHASE BALL ... THE DORCHESTER LONDON... OCTOBER 4TH 2014 ..

Joan attended The Shooting Star Chase Charity Ball at The Dorchester. Joan is a patron of the charity..


Joan with Shooting Star's Karen Sugarman

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TIMELESS BEAUTY ON QVC ITALIA.. OCTOBER 1ST 2014 ...


Tune in at the following times...
10:00am to 11:00am          
13:00pm to 14:00pm  
 20:00pm to 21:00pm

Watch Live Streaming here!

http://www.qvc.it/qvclive/live.php

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THE BFI FELLOWSHIP DINNER FOR AL PACINO .. THE CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON .. SEPTEMBER 24TH 2014..

Joan & Percy with Simon Reuben
Joan attended a gala dinner in honour of Al Pacino as he received the BFI Fellowship Award at the Corinthia Hotel in London in association with Moet & Chandon..


Joan with Monika Bacardi

One of the world’s most popular and iconic stars of stage and screen, Pacino receives a BFI Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding outstanding achievement in film. The presentation was made this evening during an exclusive dinner hosted by BFI Chair, Greg Dyke and BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill, sponsored by Corinthia Hotel London and supported by Moët & Chandon, the official champagne partner of the Al Pacino BFI Fellowship Award Dinner
Speaking during the presentation, Al Pacino said: “This is such a great honour… the BFI is a wonderful thing, how it keeps films alive… it’s an honour to be here and receive this. I’m overwhelmed – people I’ve adored have received this award. I appreciate this so much, thank you.”
 Pacino told the gathered crowd at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
BFI Fellowship winner John Hurt, Terry Gilliam, Richard E Grant, Joan Collins, Ian Holm and Steven Berkoff were among the stars in attendance for the gala dinner.

Pacino has earned many prestigious awards over the course of his career, including a Best Actor Oscar and two BAFTAs.

Previous recipients of the BFI Fellowship include Christopher Lee, Judi Dench and Ridley Scott.

The very first BFI Fellowships were given to filmmakers Marcel Carné, David Lean, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Orson Welles and Satyajit Ray in 1983.