Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Oops! on finale of "Australia's Next Top Model"

The glamorous finale of Australia's Next Top Model, which has already garnered a reputation for being both more critical and more realistic than its America parent, hit the mother of all snags this year, when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner in the live televised event.

Despite the mortification of both the host and the actual winner, I have to say the eventual runner-up definitely did cope with true grace and style once the mess was discovered.

For the full televised clip, watch from the Guardian's website here.

Imogen and Meredith would LOVE this!

Another Magazine spread

Photos from the magazine spread in Another Magazine with the sultry and super-talented, Coco Fennell (a delightful combo - see Marlene Dietrich.) Coco's own designs will hopefully be featuring in Imogen's wardrobe in Popular's 2012 sequel. So excited!

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Upper Sixth Popular Crowd

Two years above the main characters of Popular are the Upper Sixth popular crowd.


Clique Nickname: "The Upper Sixth Rahs" or "The Pashmina Brigade"

Clique Leader: Cecilia Molyneux (18)

Other Members of the posse: Louise Mahaffy, Emily Rhys, Sarah-Jane Rogan and Olivia-Grace Wallace

Trademark/s: Back-combed hair, immaculate fake tan, either ugg boots or heels so high they'd dwarf a midget - nothing in between.

Never Without... a can of hairspray

Group Heroes: The Kardashian Sisters

Favourite Belfast Haunts: Rain night-club, Aura Day Spa

Most Frequently Spotted in school: Napping or touching-up their make-up in the Sixth Form Centre

Least Frequently Spotted in school: The Library

Most Infamous Quote: "But, sir, Chodeoslovakia is two countries now, isn't it?" - Cecilia, Geography class, 5th year

Least Likely to hear them say: "I don't know the names of any of the bouncers at this club, sorry." "I handed that homework in a week early, to be honest." Or, "Did you see those hotties hanging out at the front of City Hall?"

Key Phrase to avoid in conversation with them: "You're looking nice and pale today."

Friday, 24 September 2010

Welcome to Malone...

Popular will be published in the UK and Ireland by Penguin on July 7th, 2011

As term begins at Mount Olivet Grammar School, south Belfast, the teachers are totally pushing the importance of doing well in the GCSEs and A-Levels, working hard, being upstanding members of the school community, making their families proud and making sure that the rugby team bring home the Ulster Schools Cup this year.

For some of the boys, this is all good - along with the news that their favourite chippy is now doing super-size portions at lunch-time and that they've finally been allowed to put a poster of Megan Fox up in the Sixth Form Centre. Well, not so much allowed, more the fact that none of the teachers have noticed, yet. Apart from Dr. Kirk, who's more concerned with barking things like "Do your top button up!" and "Get a hair-cut, muppet!" at the male students than taking down a poster. They're also itching to make sure that they fulfil the Headmaster's faith in them and that the 1st XVs bring home the Cup this year, even if they have to personally stamp over the faces of their all-boys rival, Imperial Academy.

But, for the girls there are far more pressing concerns than sports and studies - namely the rumour that fifth-year popular girl, Kerry Davison, is throwing a Marie-Antoinette themed Sweet Sixteenth in three weeks, with staggered arrival time for her guests, depending on how much she likes you and the news that a super-hot American has just transferred into the school from, like Connecticut or California, or somewhere basically in that general area. He definitely looks like Zac Efron - before he got all, like, old and stuff. High School Musical 2 Zefron; not Me and Orson Welles. Rumour has that Catherine O'Rourke nearly peed herself and rattled off a Hail Mary when she ran into him outside the Spanish department. She hasn't been this embarrassed since she turned up wearing velour hot pants to gym class.

Sailing far above the Debating Society, the Young Unionists Association and the Current Affairs Club, the popular kids of Mount Olivet occupy a privileged position in the school hierarchy. Think of it as being a bit like France before the Revolution - when ugly, smelly people were kept in their place, while the gliteratti with money, soap and fashion sense shimmy around at the top, cackling at fuglies. Good times.

In Upper Sixth, the ugg-loving, back-combing Cecilia Molyneux is about to commence her reign of glamorous terror as President of the Social Committee, but it's the fifth year popular clique which really grabs everyone's attention. Its queen-bee is the beautiful, icy and sophisticated Meredith Harper, "the girl who has everything." They say her closet is larger than most other people's houses and that she once amused herself by planting a condom in the President of the Christian Union's pencil case. Ironic considering Meredith herself is permanently out-of-reach for the school's male population. Well, it's not as if she's the first power-hungry woman to harness the potential of being a virgin-queen, is it?

Her besty and fellow BT9er is Cameron Matthews, the only boy in the popular group - tall, snobbish, thin and funny, he's even more afraid to step outside the confines of Malone than Meredith is. Balmoral Avenue is basically his Berlin Wall. No-one's sure if he's lying or not, but he swears he once broke out in hives when he accidentally entered Fingahy.

The group's foul-mouthed but fabulous "it" girl is Imogen Dawson, a blonde English bombshell, who used to live in London. She has a 6ft 2 rugby boyf and eight pairs of Louboutins. She does have a tendency to punch you in the arm if you irritate her, though, so best to be careful. The group's other blonde is Kerry Davison, whose curls are as famous as Imogen's punches and Meredith's Birkin. The proudest moment in life was when she won "Best Hair" award at the end of year party in June.

Finally, there is Catherine O'Rourke, the girl the others torture to amuse themselves. A klutz with a good heart and zero common sense, Catherine is determined to show her friends that she's worthy of being in the popular crowd; they're determined to show her that it's funny when she falls on her own face at lunch time.

Anyway, with the new transfer student, Kerry's impending Sweet Sixteenth drama, Imogen Dawson's one year anniversary with rugby hotty, Stewart Lawrence, Mark Kingston's weird hatred of Meredith Harper and the dozens of  rumours - some true, some not, some both -  Mount Olivet Grammar School is on fine form this September. In the cafeteria, the changing rooms, the form rooms, the buses and the BBMs, everyone's already trying to guess who's in, out, coming out, going up, going down, dating, cheating, lying and trying to cope....

Welcome to Malone!
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