Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On the campaign trail with Miranda Kerr



After today's David Jones Spring/Summer 2009/2010 presentation, I made my way backstage to attempt to track down some models and notably, the star, Australian supermod Miranda Kerr. In attempting to secure a one-on-one - which I did eventually, albeit very brief - I wound up tailing Kerr as she attended to a series of press commitments, recording as I went with live streaming video. Here is the series of videos. And apologies for the poor quality. The light backstage in the green room was particularly bad.

First up: a big post-show photocall on the runway with all the photographers, during which Kerr was joined by the retailer's former face, now DJs ambassador, Megan Gale:



Then, a kind of mini press conference backstage in Kerr's private green room, during which Kerr answered questions from the interstate press. After taking notes initially, I thought I would just start recording in the hope that at least Kerr's answers would be audible:



Once the interstate press had cleared out of the green room, a camera crew from Nine's prime time tabloid tv show A Current Affair rocked up to discuss the best place to record Kerr's voiceover for a story that is apparently going to air tonight.

Kerr is the reporter on the story and I was told that in it, she interviews several David Jones parties and designers.

Evidently, there was no time for Kerr to return to the Nine studios to put the voice down, so she was obliged to do it in the field. As do in fact many bona fide reporters. I mentioned to Kerr that Elsa Klensch's producer at CNN once told me that Klensch - who pioneered fashion television news on CNN in the early 1980s - used to put down V/Os for her on-the-road stories in hotel rooms, with a wet towel over her head creating a mini studio.

After traipsing around backstage it was eventually decided that the green room was the best option. I was with the DJs posse so I went in as well. And, quality or no quality, figured it was too good an opportunity to pass up so I flicked the record sitch. At one point, I managed to signal to someone to please turn up the lights so fortunately the light does improve at one point.

On several occasions the producer tutors Kerr vis-à-vis emphasis and also pronunciation, with a debate erupting at one point over her use of the American "zee" instead of the Australian "zed".

Given that the producer spoke with a broad Scottish accent, it was somewhat amusing.




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

My daughter was a helper backstage today and called to say that Miranda Kerr was a little disappointing to look at in real life that she was very tiny and much shorter than alot of the models there today.I say bring back Megan Gale. Miranda too over rated I'm affraid.

Anonymous said...

No way!! I went to school with her and she was stunningly beautiful in a uniform with no makeup what so ever. I agree that her beauty is getting a little boring the more you see her, but there is no doubt that she has the type of beauty that you can't take your eyes off her when you are in the same room.

S.A.A. said...

She left a couple of years before I arrived at All Hallows and looking back at her photos in the year book (which you can find on my blog) you can see that she was just stunning sans makeup. So I guess it comes down to what you consider beautiful/unique etc!

SAA

FAN! FAN! FAN! said...

Can you believe it I am now a fan of this blog!!?? I simply cannot believe what I just read here....
a breathless blow by blow account of fashion crazed third row Patti tearing around the Horden Pavillion clutching a recording device in the the quest to get close to a model .... this is taking fashion tragic to the absolute extreme. I think I might have a wee tear welling up in my eye. Where is the advertising on this blog? It is soooo freaking funny! Patti Darl are you sure you don't have 15 stray cats and a few supermarket shopping trolleys in your apartment and in your spare time maybe you draw pictures of clowns and sing lullabies to pot plants? ADVICE: regarding the hysterical "Don't give a shit" blog, take down the comment regarding Brian Walsh - it is incorrect and I don't think you can afford those sorts of enemies right now. Pick on, snark or bully me and have all your commenters hurl as much abuse my way if it makes you and them feel all warm and fuzzy. But seriously have added the blog to my favorites becase it is simply hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Those sunglasses are a scream - clearly Ray Bans, any clue as to which style/model? Wayfarer II's?

Style On Track said...

She seems like such a sweetheart :)

Patty Huntington said...

i wouldn't dream of taking a job away from any clowns. they do such marvellous self-portraiture.

Patty Huntington said...

Oh and for anon @ 1.07pm who asked about the sunglasses - they are RayBan gold Clubmasters.

Anonymous said...

@ Fan! Fan! Fan! - ummm weird. Cyber-Stalking Patty is just plain weird. That isn't really very healthy bullying on facebook...; bullying on blogs ...
People love the real time aspect of fashion blogs and people ARE interested in Miranda Kerr as a successful international model (although I don't know why).

FAN! FAN! MAD FAN! said...

@ 'Anonomous' (they always are). Let's define 'bullying' shall we? This is a form of physical threat or intention to harm or intimidate. Calling someones blog 'hilarious' is not bullying. Calling someone 'silly or stupid' is opinion. Not bullying. I know Patti and if I wanted to 'bully' her I would call her and threaten her. I'm giving her commentary and hits for her blog. This is helping her. I do honestly find her funny. Anyone who writes so obsessibly about fashion, makeup and models and with so much breathless passion clearly has too much time on their hands or is a few bulbs short in the chandelier. That's not bullying. It's opinion. That's what blogs are for. and I am truly a mad Patti fan. Look, if I continue to post and log on here, she might get some advertsing and some income from this. I call that helping, certainly not 'bullying'.

Anonymous said...

@ Fan! Fan! Weird Fan! - ummm like I said - it is sooo weird to cyber-stalk. Only old people complain about "anonymous" (the ones who grew up with CD "walkmans").

It is this quote that makes me think you are not CD:
"Anyone who writes so obsessibly about fashion, makeup and models and with so much breathless passion clearly has too much time on their hands or is a few bulbs short in the chandelier".

Bad spelling aside - No one who is seriously engaged in the fashion industry can honestly think that.

Maybe you should "ring" Patty so we don't have to read the infantile abuse on the blog.

Helen said...

Yes Patty, you should get some advertising on your site. Find a company who's willing willing to sell your "inventory".

I thought I found an Australian site which sells ad space to potential advertisers.... but they never called me back! Rude....

HotCaviar said...

wow you certainly have some interesting fans here Patti, and as always, sparking debate! nice... love your coverage and love your opinions narky or not, you are entitled to your opinion and i love the way you aren't afraid to reveal the mask behind the glamour of fashion to the oft ugly face that can be hidden behind... great meeting you too by the way... i posted our pic together on my blog if you care to check it out...

Patty Huntington said...

helen -

that's what media buyers are for.

hotcaviar -

saw the pic - thanks for the kind words. nice blog BTW. you've revamped, haven't you? it was much darker before.

HotCaviar said...

hi patty, yes i have revamped, needed more white space... thanks...

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