Friday, 22 April 2011

Dinner with the de Havilland's

Yesterday I interviewed the fabulous Terry de Havilland and his gorgeous wife Liz.  What a wonderful couple they are.

Terry's shoes are works of art.  There's a jaw dropping collection of new and vintage de Havilland's at his studio.  I was like a kid in a sweet shop!  I could go absolutely mental in there!

It's going to take a while to put the interview together as I plan to use a lot of images and loads of archive stuff that's not been seen before.  Anyone who's interested in shoes (and rock 'n' roll!) is going to love it!

Here's a teeny sneak preview of one of my snaps - a pair of satin and Swarovski crystal shoes.  The Swarovski crystals have been hand done by Liz - amazing!  Unfortunately the camera doesn't capture how sparkly they really are.

These silk-screen printed Debbie Harry ones blew me away and check out the David Bowie platforms behind!  These are from a collaboration with photographer Mick Rock.

Vintage de Havilland's from 1974

Liz and I are going to trawl through forty years of images.  There's some totally fantastic stuff to come!  I'm so excited about this one!

I've been telling Liz and Terry about my friend Elaine's restaurant for a while now, they're both really into good food and it was their first time there.  Fee (Mrs Jones) joined us and we had a lovely evening and a lot of laughs.

We started with a round of Sipsmith gin and tonics, some of Elaine's fantastic olives and salted almonds. Then we were brought a plate of locally smoked salmon, homemade rye bread and a large caraffe of red wine.

We shared a ham hock terrine with homemade chutney and Secretts leaves which are picked that morning in Islington

Liz, Terry and Fee all went for the roasted pork belly (we'd smelt it cooking as soon as we walked in).  It came with puy lentils and chicory and orange salad.  I tasted some and it was delicious!  I could have eaten a whole plate of the crackling.

Just for the sake of having something different I chose the chargrilled chicken breast with red cabbage slaw, beetroot and pumpkin seeds which was perfect

We weren't going to have pudding but Elaine suggested we share a small selection and presented us with a giant meringue filled with tons whipped cream and topped with fresh passion fruit.  We all agreed it was the best meringue we'd ever had.  We'd already polished half of it off before I remembered to take a picture.

We also shared Elaine's legendary flourless chocolate cake with creme fraiche which melts in the mouth and baked cheesecake with prunes which was amazingly light.

When it came to ordering coffees Terry decided another drink would be more appropriate so ordered a bottle of Champagne instead!  He's not called The Rock 'n' Roll cobbler for nothing.  Even though we'd insisted on going Dutch, Terry wouldn't let the girls pay and sneaked off and paid the bill when we weren't looking.  What a gent he is!

I can't wait to finish the interview.  I'm going round to Liz and Terry's house soon for dinner.  I hear he's a mean cook!

Thank you guys for a fabulous afternoon and evening xxx

Fee and I went back to hers in West London where her son George was having a sleepover.  We made ourselves scarce and went up to the shed on the roof terrace with a bottle of vodka planning lots of mad new outfits like a couple of witches.  I woke up at midday in George's bed (he wasn't in it obviously, they were sleeping downstairs with the TV and the Playstation).  I'm back home now and I think Fee's coming over later on.  No doubt we'll be up to no good.  It is Bad Friday after all!

If I haven't been to visit you yet I will soon, I'm a little bit behind with commenting.  Hope you all had a fantastic day xxx


Dash said...

YOUR EXCITED! Frankly I can't wait, oh the food looked great too, sorry went a little fuzzy after I saw the sneak preview!

Have a bad,bad Friday and a wonderful Easter weekend.

Christine @ Fash n Chips said...

Sounds brilliant Christina, can't wait to read more from your interview! The pics are great - these shoes are works of art!

Have a lovely Easter weekend! XX

Miss Peelpants said...

Oh I am GREEEEEEEN with envy. I love his shoes so much it hurts, and you got to hang out with him!! They look like a fabulous couple and I need to reiterate how ENVIOUS I am!!! ;)

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Christina:
What a day and half a night! Do shoes ever get more exciting than this?!!!

A shed in the sky....this is reaching for the stars!! Living the high life indeed.

Happy Easter!

Smashingbird said...

Eeeeeekkkkkk. you know I can't wait for this!!!!!! Have a fab one my lovely x

Penny Dreadful said...

Oh Christina, I don't think I've ever been so jealous of your life before. I cannot WAIT to read the interview, I am seriously excited about it. Have a great Easter my dear xx

Ms. Moon said...

Lord, child. Dazzling post! I would very much wear those crystal shoes. Magic! And I'd eat everything on those plates!
Another journey to another world and thank-you so for taking me there!

Simone said...

Oooh, this sounds fantastic, going to be a great read!!! Those shoes are FABULOUS!!!

Dinner sounds delish....and I dream of having a shed on the room like Fee's, how lovely!!

Happy Easter to you xx

kenyatta Manning Pictures said...

what a wonderful time you must have had! And the shoes...!!!

Kitty said...

More fabulous glamour my darling!! Those shoes are wonderful, I love all of them. Scrumptious dinner too.xx.

Misfits Vintage said...

My LAWD you live an exciting life!! How marvellous that these legendary people yo meet are also such fun, down to earth, happy people. I can't wait for your article Christina!

Sarah xxx

PS How FABULOUS are those Bowie wedges??? Bloody hell!

Angie Muresan said...

You do lead an interesting and fun life, Christina!

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-ooh, cannot wait for the interview and lovely photos too, sounds like you all had such an awesome time and the food looks so so delicious, how kind of Terry to treat you all!! Have a lovely Easter weekend xxx

sacramento said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Christina, I might have to leave your wardrobe and live close to those Debbie harry and David Bowie platforms.
You are fantastic, my dear friend.

La Dama said...

you life is so exciting with all the beutiful people and such glamour.
love the bowie shoes and food looks delish amor.

Wildernesschic said...

How fabulous .. I love his shoes, I own some similar to yours they are my favourite wedges ... I love the roof garden it looks a great "hangout" would love to see you soon xx Sorry I am not blogging or reading much kids are home and its been rather hectic xx

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I noticed John Lewis are selling his shoes online! Wonderful!

Alison Cross said...

ooooh shoe royalty!!!! Looooove those Debbie Harry ones - I'd never wear them, just sit and look at them!

And back at the restaurant again - I hope you guys have got a loyalty card :-) Food looks scrummy.

Am reading this on Easter Sunday and am too full of chocolate eggs and cake to cook dinner!

Hope you and Fee are now well recovered.


Ali x

West Hollywood Voyeur said...

Loving the 1974 Playboy cover!


Sarcastic Bastard said...

Terry is a good guy for picking up the check. I love the Bowie platforms. Can't wait for your interview.

Love you loads,


little augury said...

what an adorable shed that is something I would love to see more of. pgt