"I'm gonna roll out the red carpet when you come home
I'm gonna treat you like a VIP
I feel like you ain't never known
Gonna have a brass band at the station
Gonna let 'em know what the united nation
I'm a gonna roll out the red carpet when you come home"
~ Buck Owens
Tommy's Honour, a film directed by my impossibly talented boyfriend Jason Connery, recently had its UK Premiere. Five years in the making, the film was released in America and Canada last month, it opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year, it won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film shortly after, and only today we've heard that the film is being honoured in the British House Of Commons. It is a powerful, beautiful, deeply moving film and I couldn't be more proud of Jason.
The Premiere was very fittingly held in St Andrews, where much of the movie was set and filmed. Such a special occasion called for a spectacular dress and there was only one designer I was going to call on to dress me. You all know how much I love the designs of Ireland's Emma Manley. Renowned for making beautiful clothing, using tough fabrics, her designs are a wonderful mix of feminine and masculine.
Where do I even begin with this red leather masterpiece? It is, to me, the most beautiful evening dress she has ever designed. Made from the softest leather, the sharp, structured bodice is sleeveless and features a scalloped edged, deep v-neckline. The drop waist is super flattering for me as it elongates my short torso, and the ruffled, tiered skirt, almost flamingo in style, is fun, flirty, and absolutely fabulous. It is embellished with hand cut leather flowers in red, silver, and white, each one held in place with tiny studs.
I styled it with my favourite Dior shoes; they are very comfortable, despite their towering height, and they complimented my dress without distracting from it. A wonderful beaded vintage bag from the late 1950s (coming to a blog near you soon) and gold fan earrings finished my red carpet look off perfectly.
Jason, the main man of the night, cut a fine figure in his kilt. I overheard someone say that he looked like Scottish Royalty. He really did. He was, hands down, the best dressed man of the night in his Clan's tartan, made by Slaters of Edinburgh. Joined on the red carpet by the American Producers of the film, and stars such as Jack Lowden and Therese Bradley, it was a joy to see Jason celebrating with the talented people who had worked so hard alongside him. Tommy's Honour is showing now in cinemas across the UK; go see it if you can, it is very very special. If the film is not in a UK cinema near you, simply go to https://www.ourscreen.com/film/tommys-honour pick a local cinema, choose a date and time, invite friends and have a private screening all to yourselves!
Get The Look:
Dress: Manley Embellished Leather Dress in red (similar)
Bag: Dirty Fabulous Vintage Clutch Bag in ivory (similar)
Earrings: Allison Bryan Gold Fan Earrings
Shoes: Dior 'Extreme' Gladiator Sandals (similar)
Jason's Outfit: Slaters of Edinburgh
Photos: DC Thompson ©