Friday, 14 June 2013

My darling Clementine


My alter ego, Mme le Derriere, is rather a monster. 

She's rude, egocentric, a hypocrite, a snob, and a bully.

Is it bad that I rather like being her, now and again?




My Clementine photo shoot for this month's amazing edition of Vogoff  (thank you, Melanie, you did a brilliant job putting it all together) was done on location at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, seat of the Duke of Devonshire. 

I cavorted about in the grounds of the estate, much to the incomprehension of the resident sheep, passing dog walkers and ramblers, and the coach parties arriving for their visit to one of the finest stately homes in England. 

I blame these two...
 



... Joanne and Sue, chauffeur and PA respectively.




Sue brought a bag of props...




... made me do this face repeatedly...
 

...see?..



 
...and played her role as the hapless Jacinta, downtrodden and put-upon PA, to absolute perfection.
 





 
That's right, dear - once you've kissed my arse, you'd better dust it.



Clementine is a strict and demanding employer.
 





Ahh, what it is to have a country retreat where one can escape the rigours of city life and enjoy the rural idyll.
 
 
 


I posed on the folly...



 

...pulled faces while using multiple props...





...with many feathers...




...and made Art, darling.




Clementine does like to toot her own horn.




We had such a good laugh, despite the freezing cold and windswept conditions.





See? 

No one really knows how hard it is being Clementine.





The Dream Team in the Tunnel of Love.





Thanks, ladies, I couldn't have done it without you.



1950s brocade jacket - Second to None
1980s taffeta maxi skirt - gift from fabulous Cover Girl Shelley 
Shoes and bangles - charity shopped
Mini hat - gift 
Feather boa, parasol, telephone receiver, frame, horn and peacock feathers - loaned by Sue
Feather duster - Clementine's own




 


The End.

  xxxx

50 comments:

Vix said...

Just when I thought you couldn't surpass the already amazing VOG OFF shoot!
I wish June had the internet as I know she'd be thrilled with Clementine rocking that green brocade jacket.
You look so gorgeous laughing and frolicking with the gang despite the inclement weather.
Sue's prop cupboard is fantastic, I think we need a detour round hers at the next blogger meet up.
Love you! xxxxxxxx

Penny-Rose said...

Looks like you had so much fun with this photo shoot. I love all the pics of the wind blowing and having fun with parasols and telephones. Clementine and her team are wonderful.

Bella Q said...

What a great behind the scene peek into epic model greatness! I loved your pics in Vog-Off- it was my fave- and that's a lot- every page was delicious! How good you are at play Clementine- everybody did such a great job- and you are a natural cover girl!

karensomethingorother said...

I'm so excited you did a post about your marvelous stint as Clementine. I love Vogoff so much, and so, so, so enjoyed your photo shoot. I thought it was HILARIOUS. I wish I could quote it exactly, but "everyone wants my life" is WONDERFUL. And who doesn't love your CLIT now? Too good.

Max said...

I'm just crying with laughter imagining all the tourists witnessing your charades at chatsworth. A great day out indeed x

Sissy said...

Love the mag, and cool to see the background on your shoot - you guys are great!

Gracie O'Tripp said...

The face you were made to make repeatedly is a nice laughing face. What a fun post!

Patti said...

I read the VOG cover to cover and laughed out loud at Clementine. Naughty with the words, that one!! You three are wonderful good sports and look like you're having the best time in the world.

menopauselsupermodel said...

What an epic photoshoot!1 I must say you all were getting a bit cheeky?? Was there alcohol involved??

LOVED Clementine and VOGOFF!!!

Kylie said...

I love your out-takes Clementine and co.
I love your laughing, toothy pics Curtise. They are my favourite of all the pics. You have got the most beautiful, ingectious smile Curtise/Clemmie (I'm smiling as I type this!) x

Kylie said...

I meant inFectious (and I'm not talking germs!)

Connie said...

I love to see you laughing!! You girls look like you're having a very good day. The shot with the umbrella and the indifferent sheep is really quite magnificent.

Brooke F said...

Looks like sooooo much fun but Clementine does look like a bitch of a boss!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

I'm already a fan of Mme le Derriere!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Wow - she is great!
Really nice pics and such great times!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

As soon as I saw your VOGOFF photos I knew you'd just raised the bar. You, Vix and Hollie were my favourites. The use of the location and the props is just genius! I've never been to Chatsworth, it's so bloody massive! Clementine looks like such a haughty bitch! I'm so glad you bought that little jacket from Second To None, it's beautiful. The whole outfit is. You must've had such a laugh, despite the crappy weather. These photos are all hilarious, love the dusting of the bums. Your two assistants did amazingly too! xxxxxxxx

Sacramento Amate said...

Great fun post and making of.
The skirt, location and friends who laugh with you are priceless.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Miss Magpie said...

Io agree with Vix I prefer your blog pictures to the official one!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I'd love to see the expressions on the faces of the coach party people!
And Clementine looks LOVELY! xxxx

edie pop said...

This is such a treat!!These photos are all so cool and professional that I can't help but falling more in love with Mme le Derriere. Who hasn't dream to be bold, rude, egocentric and live out loud? She's a modern times heroin and I'm so interested in her that I want to watch an endless tv series about her!Your friends seem very happy and funny too, it's great to come out and play with you all!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Ha! "Such fun!"
I love the derriere shot at the end! (wind assisted of course)
x

Cristi said...

So fun to see the out takes from your wonderful shoot for the amazing new addition of Vogoff. You made my morning coffee so much more enjoyable while reading your post!:)

Must say, in the first shot you pull a very good haughty Camilla face, but then when your assistant comes, I am reminded of Ab Fab, and want you to sound like Edina ordering around Bubbles-LOVE IT!;)

And my fav pic, the shot of you sitting with your skirt hiked up...well, Vivianne Westwood would be proud!;)

It is fun to see all the other pics of this grand estate! Wow, they sure don't make em like that any more! Also, your super fun friends were pretty stylish as well, looks like a great time was had by all!!:)

Krista Gassib said...

I have been looking forward to seeing these playful out takes, they confirm what a good time I knew you were having. I love the location and can only imagine the curiosity of those around, I'd have pulled up a chair! Props are always fun at a photo shot and your friends bag of tricks is a perfect addition. I have enjoyed Vogoff very much and your photos are some of my favorite! Enjoy the weekend honey.
Xxxxoooo

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Clementine is posing like a PRO! But I suppose that's no great surprise when she's at the height of her fame in Vogoff. I'm so glad you have special friends to share the hilarity. Xx

Ivy Black said...

Absolutely brilliant! What a fecking hoot.
Oh yes, I've got the room ready.
xxxxxx

Veshoevius said...

Looks like you had fun and what a lovely location to take photos. Nothing warms my heart more than the sight of a hot pink feather boa. I love that jade fitted jacket and the full volume check skirt together. It's a Victorian silhouette with a modern twist - love it!

freckleface said...

Mademoiselle Le Derriere, with these pictures you are really spoiling us! ;)

What a commotion you and your assistants must have caused. I wish I had been just minding my own business at Chatsworth that day, then caught a glimpse of pink feather on the lawn. I like to think maybe the Duke or Duchess were looking out of the window at just the right time.

Claire is right, you have raised the bar, and I love to see these photos of you laughing your head off. xxxxx

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Oh, this is fantastic. You must have raised more than a few eyebrows, which makes it all the more fun. I did see your feature in Miz Bagg's mag, and to see the behind the scenes shoot makes me laugh all over again.

We all must have more fun! Oh, and I must say that skirt is gorgeous dahling.

Sue xo

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

What fun. I love the picture of you in the photo frame.

Lucys Lounge said...

girls just have to have fun! what a great day, i love your photos on vogoff. lucy

BellaBean Vintage said...

Oh my darling you ARE art! What a fantastic time and that little jacket with the gorgeous skirt is a stunning combination. Clever clever clever!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Taffeta!!!! So lovely!!! Loving the behind the scenes recap!!! You're all geniuses. I will come and help kiss Clementine's ass myself if it will lead to more brilliant photo shoots.
Becky

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Love "behind the scenes" every time!! Your smile is utterly adorable and infectious, your friends are absolute gems (!!!) and equally adorable, and the location makes my jaw drop. How incredible is that?!!

Isn't blogging the best?!! I swear I'm going to catch up one of these days and do a "real" photo shoot like this one.

Also, I hear you're the next recipient of the yellow skirt!! I need to be in line. Please advise!!!! I tried before to make my request known, but maybe I didn't yell loud enough (are y'all hearing me?!!) I can't wait to see what you come up with. :-)

Love you!! XXOO

Trees said...

I love these photos - it looks like you had such a blast!! I love your "PA" she's adorable an also that skirt is fabulous!

My Unfinished Life said...

wow..i just love the poses, the vibes, the clothes....everything!!!

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

Jane George said...

omg i love this post so much! this is hysterical! the skirt shot blowing in the tunnel of love is the best ever! you gals xxxx

Louise McDonagh said...

This looks like such fun. I really want to visit Chatsworth, I've never been. I love your outfit too. Xx

joyatri said...

Thanks for showing us 'behind the scenes' at the photo shoot and the hilarious outtakes.
Decades ago I was part of a private tour at Chatworth. The Duchess of Devonshire herself served us biscuits (which were also available under her label in the Shop). Hopefully, Mme le Derriere and her assistants will get the same welcome the next time they do a photo shoot there.

Sheila said...

Oh my gosh, what a hilarious romp of a photo-shoot! I love the skirt (it's the lighter-coloured, longer version of mine!), and all the fun props!

Emalina said...

Heheee such great action shots! I have to admire Clementine too, such sass and glamour, and such devoted assistants! Looks like you all had a hoot, and thanks for sharing the brilliant and hilarious photoshoot, spanking and all.

Melanie said...

Clearly you understand that VOGOFF is just as much, or even more, about the behind-the-scenes hilarity as it is about the end result. Thank you so much for sharing these, Curtise. Your friends Joanne and Sue are the best, the Dream Team, absolutely!! I love the one of you with the umbrella and the feathers. BWA-HA-HA! I'm sure Miz Bagg and Mme le Derriere are best friends or best enemies which would be just as much fun in the VOGOFF world. Hugs!!!

Helga! said...

I farking LOVE LOVE LOVE your uber cheeky-arsed grin!!! I just want to touch you, most inappropriately!!!
SUCH funnage!!! Such splendid pix!
Was this all without the aid of BOOZE?! Bahahaha!
Love you! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

thorne garnet said...

Brilliant.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This post is SOOOO much fun! I love your creativity! Truly billiant!

Marla Robinson said...

These pictures made me laugh! Just great.

CityScape Skybaby said...

I love all these pics Curtise, you can see it in your faces how much fun you were all having together. I can totally see the appeal of being a demanding diva for the day, I need to unleash an inner Clementine of my own I think, instead of my usual dogsbody! I wish I'd been having a day out at Chatworth and had seen you, that must have been a great sight for any passing tourists. Somehow these pics really bring it home to me quite how much of an effect blogging can have on your life, did you ever think you'd one day be doing a photoshoot at a stately manor? Here I am finishing another comment with a question mark, you must be putting me in a thoughtful mood today. xx

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

I love Clementine and her Minions more than I can say. Wonderful in all ways ... what drama, what style, what is the BBC waiting for? Here's Downton Abby meets AbFab. Goldmine. Forget BBC, get an agent!

However, one has to take that very elegant taffeta and brocade combo seriously ... I'd like to see them together again come the winter holidays, without the stress of satire!

***BTW, Curtise ... I worked a photo of kittehs into my post today, just for you. Two of my maniacs for you to meet.


Forest City Fashionista said...

I LOVE these outtakes! I never thought to keep any of the photos that I didn't send to Melanie (there were a couple I may post). It's great seeing you frolicking, laughing and flashing your derriere! I'm so glad the skirt got to participate in a VOGOFF shoot.

Vintage Coconut said...

EHAHAHAH
It looks like you girls had a ABSOLUTE BLAST!
Lovin the outfits and the props were great. PEACOCK feathers and fabulous umbrellas is where it's at. ;)

Misfits Vintage said...

CLEMENTINE IS MY FAVOURITE IN VOGOFF!!!

Love these behind the scenes pics - what fabulous fun!!!

Love! Sarah xxx