Cocktails with Monroe at the Langham
Last night guests from the world of film and television were invited to have Cocktails with Monroe at the beautiful Langham Hotel. The screen goddess was immortally present in various guises via the variety of high-quality photographs being exhibited by Zebra One Gallery, taken by the likes of Douglas Kirkland, Bert Stern and Frank Worth. The gallery is owned by former society model Gabrielle Du Plooy and is regularly frequented by celebrities.
The photographs showcased a mixture of well and lesser known images of the iconic Hollywood star. Kirkland’s sensual depiction of Marilyn wrapped in white sheets was accompanied by a brief bio detailing that the star requested, “if I am to be naked” that the sheets were silk, Dom Pérignon was to be served and Frank Sinatra to be played. The most striking portrait, however, was of the actress on the set of her 1961 film The Misfits, taken by photojournalist Eve Arnold. Wrapped in thick denim, her hair blowing in the Western wind, she pouts peachy lips at the camera. The lighting, pale tones and composition are naturally beautiful.
Typically, the evening was more about the cocktails than the art on display, as well as the canapés and conversation. The Artesian’s head mixologist created Monroe-themed drinks, which were a sugary pink concoction of gin and bitters and served in tall Martini glasses. To eat, mini samosas and ratatouille was served, which proved for an interesting fusion of flavours. We were also treated to strawberry macaroons, which were delightful, and collie dog-shaped iced shortbreads – both British and delicious. A pianist in the corner, playing a blue mini grand, provided music such as Elton John’s Candle in the Wind, the irony of which seemed lost on everybody.
Celebrities who attended included Made in Chelsea’s Kimberly Garner, wearing a tiny scarlet dress accessorised with fur and long, long limbs. Hayley Hasselhoff arrived wearing a full skirt and peroxide curls as a sort of homage to the late Monroe. Also, former 60s sex symbol and Bond Girl (the one painted gold in Goldfinger) Shirley Eaton was wearing a £1 million diamond necklace “by Boodles in Swan design”. Luxury.
Cocktails with Monroe was a one-off event. For further information about Zebra One Gallery and future events visit the gallery’s website here.