Speaking of championing British events out here, it was a real treat to be a part of the Mousetrap’s 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner that took place last week. The old but really rather resplendent Jubilee Theatre at the Raffles Hotel was the perfect venue to showcase the world’s longest running play which had been brought over to SG by the British Theatre Playhouse (BTP) for just 12 performances.
The Gala Dinner last Thursday was sadly their Singapore finale; it was surreal and very lovely to drink in a slice of England from the 1950s and be transported back to London’s West End without even buying a plane ticket:
I can still remember traipsing into Central London on a school trip, aged thirteen, to watch it at St Martin’s Theatre.
I was a guest of BTP and the Australian designer George Spyrou, who designs under the label ‘George’.
Before I go any further, British readers, let me promise and assure you that this George has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the George clothing line we all know exists and instantly think of at Asda supermarkets.
No, George Spyrou – above, with my lovely friend and fellow blogger Bon Bon Girl who is indeed in George, with George – is really rather a down to earth treasure who has been in the Oz fashion industry for forty or so years.
The Gala Dinner dress code stipulated proper, floor-length dresses which, among other things, George does really rather well (his designs look much more expensive than they actually are – love that as a concept as you all well know by now)…making him a very good choice as the official fashion label for the Mousetrap’s Singapore leg.
The first designer I have ever properly spent time with, George is not what I expected. He’s straight for starters, (his girlfriend was lovely and rocked his Natasha gown) he’s delightfully scruffy and he also has a sense of humour.
I totally let the side down by not wearing one of his dresses. I did come armed with an excellent excuse though: I fall between an 10 and an 8.
I figured that if I can’t wear George to have dinner with him, then I’ll have to wear something really quite ridiculously spectacular. I opted for Valentino which, I know, sounds most unlike me…but needless to say it was second hand and bought for a song from Robe Raiders (it looked as good as new). This was his reaction when I let him in on the secret:
In deference to George, I’m not posting a pic of it (I forgot to take one, truth be told).
The best part? He rather sweetly promised to whip something up for me in a size 9 if my Salveo UFIT regime doesn’t work and a size 8 is still too tight.
Thank you very much to Cecilia Leong-Faulkner, Owner of BTP, for my ticket.
George is sold in Singapore via Robe de Princesse. Once his new collection comes out, I’ll be posting an edit of my favourite pieces which will include the two worn here (BBG is wearing the Alyssa which is not yet on the website as it’s from his new collection and Vicky is wearing Natasha in ink).
As part of the Mousetrap’s 60th anniversary, 60 productions of Christie’s thriller have been licensed around the world to mark the occasion. The play will continue to run, uninterrupted, at St Martin’s Theatre, Covent Garden, London.
St Martin’s Theatre image courtesy of wikipedia; Raffles Hotel image courtesy of Travel House UK