21 Feb - The 'Viceroy's House' Premiere

February 21st, 2017.

With the left side of my mouth still mostly numb following a 2hr long dental procedure (don't ask....) hours before, somehow the idea of heading down to Curzon Mayfair immediately afterwards still didn't seem entirely crazy. But then I am who I and I do what I do... and anyway, it was either this or see what the fifth and final day of London Fashion Week 2017AW had to offer..

Here's how it went down:

As previously noted (and posted about for the last four days) London Fashion Week is on right now. So just for now I'm actually noticing little things like miniature pompoms hanging off the bottom of trousers worn under a dress/jacket.

As previously noted (and posted about for the last four days) London Fashion Week is on right now. So just for now I'm actually noticing little things like miniature pompoms hanging off the bottom of trousers worn under a dress/jacket.

The Curzon Mayfair can be quite the tricky and unpleasant venue to photograph premieres, but when they close down the street and lay down a red carpet, it's much more pleasant even if a whole bunch of white vans and taxis need to find another shortcut through Mayfair, and the presence and questionable hygiene of autograph dealers threaten property values for people living in the area.

The Curzon Mayfair can be quite the tricky and unpleasant venue to photograph premieres, but when they close down the street and lay down a red carpet, it's much more pleasant even if a whole bunch of white vans and taxis need to find another shortcut through Mayfair, and the presence and questionable hygiene of autograph dealers threaten property values for people living in the area.

"You've heard of Downton Abbey? From the stuff you've brought to get signed and your general deameanour I wouldn't have picked you all as the types" - Hugh Bonneville is right insofar as I'm concerned. I haven't gotten around to watching it yet, and it's been on since 2010.

"You've heard of Downton Abbey? From the stuff you've brought to get signed and your general deameanour I wouldn't have picked you all as the types" - Hugh Bonneville is right insofar as I'm concerned. I haven't gotten around to watching it yet, and it's been on since 2010.

"You should watch it. It's great. Also this movie, I should add, which I'm here to promote". Hugh Bonneville was also in such movies (and premieres) as "The Monuments Men" and "Paddington"

"You should watch it. It's great. Also this movie, I should add, which I'm here to promote". Hugh Bonneville was also in such movies (and premieres) as "The Monuments Men" and "Paddington"

"Sorry about that. Ever since I turned my phone to silent mode, the ringtone has switched to a blazing inferno of light. Or I've inherited magic. I hope it's magic."

"Sorry about that. Ever since I turned my phone to silent mode, the ringtone has switched to a blazing inferno of light. Or I've inherited magic. I hope it's magic."

"You sould take some photos of the scaffolding work on our right, too. It's exquisite"

"You sould take some photos of the scaffolding work on our right, too. It's exquisite"

The look of somebody who just realised that the somebody who owes somebody five dollars might actually have shown up at this premiere. (Gurinder Chadha directed this movie, and is probably still best known for directing a young Keira Knightley in 'Bend it like Beckham' in 2002)

The look of somebody who just realised that the somebody who owes somebody five dollars might actually have shown up at this premiere. (Gurinder Chadha directed this movie, and is probably still best known for directing a young Keira Knightley in 'Bend it like Beckham' in 2002)

"OMG - he is GORGEOUS. Wait.... did I say that out loud?" "Yes, ma'am" "Excellent. And is his girlfriend within earshot?" "Yes, ma'am" "Excellent"

"OMG - he is GORGEOUS. Wait.... did I say that out loud?"
"Yes, ma'am"
"Excellent. And is his girlfriend within earshot?"
"Yes, ma'am"
"Excellent"

"She says you're gorgeous. You gotta leverage that, bruv" Manish Dayal is in this movie, and was also the male lead opposite Helen Mirren in "The Hundred Foot Journey" which I thought was a very enjoyable movie.

"She says you're gorgeous. You gotta leverage that, bruv"
Manish Dayal is in this movie, and was also the male lead opposite Helen Mirren in "The Hundred Foot Journey" which I thought was a very enjoyable movie.

"You think I'm pretty? Well, I think you're... uh.... well, you're here so you're obviously punctual?" - Lily Travers is in this film, and was also in (but possibly not at the premiere of) "Kingsman : The Secret Service", and in (as well as at the premiere of) "Me Before You" at this same location last year.

"You think I'm pretty? Well, I think you're... uh.... well, you're here so you're obviously punctual?" - Lily Travers is in this film, and was also in (but possibly not at the premiere of) "Kingsman : The Secret Service", and in (as well as at the premiere of) "Me Before You" at this same location last year.

Actress Huma Qureshi's imbd film credits sounds like a delicious buffet of movie's I've never heard of, let alone seen, including: "Jolly LLB 2", "Highway Ek Selfie Aarpar", "X : Past is Present" and "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana"

Actress Huma Qureshi's imbd film credits sounds like a delicious buffet of movie's I've never heard of, let alone seen, including: "Jolly LLB 2", "Highway Ek Selfie Aarpar", "X : Past is Present" and "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana"

It took me about three times looking at this image before I realised Huma Qureshi's arm isn't actually that long and her hands not actually that big, and she's not patting some dude in the crowd on the head.

It took me about three times looking at this image before I realised Huma Qureshi's arm isn't actually that long and her hands not actually that big, and she's not patting some dude in the crowd on the head.

"No, I'm just an assistant : I can't sign autographs while on duty. I have been deputised to sign as Huma Qureshi, though. It's a completely different signature, mind you...."

"No, I'm just an assistant : I can't sign autographs while on duty. I have been deputised to sign as Huma Qureshi, though. It's a completely different signature, mind you...."

"You're right. Even I find my cheeky smile delightful. This selfie is really with the guy behind us, by the way."

"You're right. Even I find my cheeky smile delightful. This selfie is really with the guy behind us, by the way."

"Insouciant? I don't even know the meaning of the word". Meanwhile, I can't say with 100% certainty whose finger is pointing (vaguely) in my direction : hers or his.

"Insouciant? I don't even know the meaning of the word". Meanwhile, I can't say with 100% certainty whose finger is pointing (vaguely) in my direction : hers or his.

"We gotta keep up this mirroring thing we've got going. It's crazy-effective" - the man on the right is Darshan Jariwala, while the man on the left presumably works locally and is not a twin/double.

"We gotta keep up this mirroring thing we've got going. It's crazy-effective" - the man on the right is Darshan Jariwala, while the man on the left presumably works locally and is not a twin/double.

"You with the camera up top. Either your lens cap is on or your autofocus isn't working" - Gillian Anderson was the main drawcard for dealers at this event - she was in The X-Files and (for example) Johnny English Reborn, both of whose premieres she attended.

"You with the camera up top. Either your lens cap is on or your autofocus isn't working" - Gillian Anderson was the main drawcard for dealers at this event - she was in The X-Files and (for example) Johnny English Reborn, both of whose premieres she attended.

"If you drew that portrait of me, I'm impressed. If it's a random stick-figure instead... then I'm slightly less impressed"

"If you drew that portrait of me, I'm impressed. If it's a random stick-figure instead... then I'm slightly less impressed"

Girl at Right : "I'm not going to take your photo... I'm going to record this moment with my eyes and store it organically in memory and never forget it". For now, it's safer and less likely to be hacked into than your average cloud storage service.

Girl at Right : "I'm not going to take your photo... I'm going to record this moment with my eyes and store it organically in memory and never forget it". For now, it's safer and less likely to be hacked into than your average cloud storage service.

"Is there any direction I can turn where I won't be faced by strangeness?" - well, my face only looks like that because of the residual anaesthetic. But no, not really.

"Is there any direction I can turn where I won't be faced by strangeness?" - well, my face only looks like that because of the residual anaesthetic. But no, not really.

"You're photographing the scaffolding instead of me -- did Hugh put you up to that??"

"You're photographing the scaffolding instead of me -- did Hugh put you up to that??"

"I say let's leave it there and call it "art" " - I don't know who this is, but I like her style.

"I say let's leave it there and call it "art" " - I don't know who this is, but I like her style.

"Your shoulders are broad enough to block decent photographic deals, but I'm quite taken by them". Still don't know who she is, and/but annoyed by who he is.

"Your shoulders are broad enough to block decent photographic deals, but I'm quite taken by them". Still don't know who she is, and/but annoyed by who he is.

"It's actually not a scarf. It's an oversize novelty tie that I didn't have time to properly assemble, so I ran with it.... and here I am.". It's London Fashion Week. I'll take 500 in all colours.

"It's actually not a scarf. It's an oversize novelty tie that I didn't have time to properly assemble, so I ran with it.... and here I am.". It's London Fashion Week. I'll take 500 in all colours.

"I know it's been around for decades, but that Minesweeper game sure is addictive..."

"I know it's been around for decades, but that Minesweeper game sure is addictive..."

So... that was that. Premieres on either side of four consecutive days of London Fashion week, and there are two more scheduled next week (and another dentist visit in a fortnight, in case you're interested). And of course it's another entry for the Archive of Movie Premieres, too.

Until next time!

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