Fabs and Fines: The Sir David Frost Memorial


David Frost, whom we Americans may know best as the Frost in Frost/Nixon, but who had a truly formidable and fascinating career, died in August, and there was a memorial service for him at Westminster Abbey yesterday, which drew — as the Telegraph said in the article to which I just linked — an eclectic crowd indeed: Sienna Miller! Pippa Middleton? Simon Le Bon! Fergie (the Duchness, not the Pea)? Many of them looked pretty great, I have to confess. Thank God no one showed up for a memorial service wearing, like, a bra top.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. greatwhitenorthchick
    +26

    Simon LeBon has aged well, and looks natty. We’re about the same age, so I feel pretty nostalgic whenever I see him and the other Durannies.

    • patty
      +11

      I was also going to say that!
      I wish my heart emoticon could show up on here, for I would post a paragraph of all hearts to commemorate my forever love for all things Duran Duran

      • Jennifer
        +10

        I too love Simon and all things Duran Duran. :)

        • TaraMisu
          +6

          Also a Duranie here….. I would not push Simon out of bed either. (don’t tell his wife, or my hubby LOL)

      • Heather S
        +1

        And that’s what I was going to say. Always and forever.

    • Kate
      +2

      Maybe it’s just this picture, but he looks like his whole body is legs.

    • Jules
      +12

      Fellow life long fan here. First concert at the age of 14 was Duran Duran. I finally got to meet them when I was 35 and they were all (with the exception of Andy) quite lovely. Even better looking in person, which I didn’t think possible. Simon was charming and quirky – when we were hugging, he starting chirping in my ear. I didn’t want him to feel awkward, so I chirped back. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that I stole the silver sharpie he signed my CD with. And I still have it. Finally, I think he and Yasmin both look exceptional.

      •  Stephanie
        +10

        In 8th grade in art class we had to do a group project– in clay. My friends and I did “Bearan Bearan” with each one of doing one of the members as a bear. (“Simon LeBear”) Art. PS..– we weren’t that talented, so it was interesting results.

  2.  Erin
    +12

    Simon Le Bon! I would never have guessed it was him, but I love him with the beard. Aging well indeed.

    •  Carolina Girl
      +5

      He must be partaking in some of the super-secret everlasting youth elixir that Jon Bon Jovi uses.

    • Addie
      +4

      I’d say Yasmin has him beat–she looks really great.

  3.  HelenBackAgain
    +15

    All but Sienna Miller very good, and very appropriate. I even like the fancy pie plate on Sophie, and Beatrice might look the best I’ve ever seen her.

    Sienna – that’s cute, but completely wrong for the occasion. There are nations in which wearing white to a memorial or funeral is customary. However, your nation is not one of them. Very bad form! This is an Easter outfit.

    • Gine
      +9

      Yeah, I was confused about that, but I’m not British, so I didn’t know for sure if it would be considered odd or not. She definitely looks out of place with everyone else in black and navy.

      • Addie
        +3

        I don’t find anything wrong with what Sienna’s wearing, but I’m not crazy about her shoes. And sorry, that thing on the side of Sophie’s head is as ridiculously ugly as those hideous, shiny hose! Ugh. And why does she have to dress like an old matron all of a sudden–how old is she anyhow? Certainly not Camilla’s age.

    • RebekahMacd
      +2

      There were people in quite a few different colours at this event – and LOTS of bright purple – so I’m not sure that she would have stood out all that much, especially amongst the formal robes of the clergy.

      •  HelenBackAgain
        +9

        Clergy wear has its own ceremonial symbolism. That is entirely different and does not set a civilian standard.

        Everyone else in these photos got it right. Miller could have and should have done the same.

        • Jessica
          +15

          I believe it was technically the unveiling of Frost’s plaque in the Abbey, as he died in August. I agree that’s a somewhat somber occasion, but I don’t know that her dress constitutes a huge lapse in appropriateness the way it would for a funeral proper. That said, a grey would have been more appropriate, I agree.

          •  HelenBackAgain
            +3

            Both you and the Telegraph are calling it a memorial service. Thus, I take it that it’s a memorial service. For which this outfit is simply wrong.

            • Rachael
              +11

              That seems a little harsh. She wasn’t even the only one there wearing cream. She’s not dressed in a way that is disrespectful to Frost, and shouldn’t that be the overriding concern?

              • greatwhitenorthchick
                +12

                I agree, Rachael. She’s dressed in a very tasteful, even conservative, way. Coming down on her for wearing beige — especially given all the really inappropriate stuff we see on this site — seems heavy-handed.

        • Addie
          +2

          Oh, please. David Frost died–not the Queen.

    •  Shannon
      +2

      Regardless, those shoes need to DIAF. I don’t mind the suit, even though I think the color is inappropriate, but those shoes are hideous.

    • marylou bethune
      0

      She needs a haircut.

  4. Alicia
    +4

    Ben Fogle won my heart with this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/9399980/Ben-Fogle-I-owe-everything-to-my-dog-Inca.html – UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE READ THIS AT WORK, ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR WITHOUT TISSUES.

    • ErinG
      +4

      I DIDN’T HEED YOUR ADVICE OH THE HUBRIS

      *uncontrollable weeping*

      seriously, this is touching – nothing gets me going quite like a sweet pet story.

      • Natasha Fatale
        +2

        OMG! Im sitting here blubbering like a fool after reading this. What a lovely tribute to an obviously lovely animal companion. :-(

      • Alicia
        +2

        Isn’t it lovely? And it led to a few articles talking about grieving for our animal friends and talking about the validity of those emotions, whereas people sometimes feel that they should hide them or be embarrassed about them. So, I love him.

    •  GC
      0

      Ugly crying over here :(

  5. Mrs. Helpful
    +7

    Princess Bea does look great! Maybe that hat is a little plain?

    As for your question about what Fergie thinks of their status -ha! Fergie is not known for sound judgment, so whether she agrees or not, she really should be happy that her girls are able to live a little off the radar and maybe even be normal and happy? And anyway, they are still so high ranking that for those who do follow and care, they are still the jam.

    • marylou bethune
      +7

      Fergie and the Bea– ha ha. Poor Fergie- no one has ever blown it as bad as she did and she looks worn out.

    • Heather S
      +1

      Poor Beatrice got her dad’s face.

    •  Nancy
      +1

      I agree. If I were the mother of these girls, I would thank my lucky stars everyday my daughters were able to live a somewhat normal life. They get the perks of the royals, but not the scrutiny.

      I mean, really, many of is say, “I wouldn’t mind Kate’s life,” but really? Never again, as long as you live, can you walk out your door and not be followed, photographed and judged. Every mistake you make is noted, and often mocked. You will have your acts judged and picked apart.

      There are many easier ways to have financial security.

  6. Ruth
    +4

    Simon Le Bon looks like a disapproving History Professor in that picture. I honestly did not have recognized him with that beard and I am an Old who loved him back in the day. I think it’s the highlights missing in his hair.

  7.  jen
    +7

    From the thumbnail, I thought Simon le Bon was a skinny Ricky Gervais.

    Then I read how he’s a disapproving History Professor, and my crush came back full force…can I be kept after class to discuss my performance. MROWWW (Please note, he’s a Professor, so I’m assuming a completely age-appropriate consensual relationship.)

    • Papersitter
      +2

      oh jen, thank you for this. I have laughed at this comment all day! And I agree!
      MROWWWW! Indeed!

  8. Ruth
    +8

    Also, I’m sorry, but Sienna’s shoes are, IMO, fug. Are they slides/mules? Do they think they are doing a fan dance? I stared at them way longer than I wanted to in order to figure them out.

    •  Shannon
      +6

      I totally agree. Those things look like something your bubbe in Palm Beach wears to play canasta poolside. I cannot articulate how much I hate them.

      • swellcatt
        +5

        Thank you for saying that, Ruth! THEY ARE HORRENDOUS! Why is fashion trying to bring back the mule. I hate them with every fiber of my being. I remember coveting a pair in 2001 and when I look back at them I want to hit myself. They are SO uncomfortable (unless they are clogs). Ok Rant over. Jessica, I think you would end up throwing those shoes into a mannequin grinder, in the rain (ala Mannequin)

        • Ruth
          +2

          I think if they were loafer-type heels (i.e. all the way around, not the weird faux-mule with the inside open but the outside of the foot enclosed? So UGLY!) with the fan part in the front, they would work. It’s the weird open part I HATE.

          •  Calli
            +3

            I zoomed in on the shoes. It looks as if they are wearing frilly garters. Not what you want your shoes to wear in public .

  9. jenelope
    +6

    In your shoe rom-com, Sienna’s shoes are not the one you bicker with, but end up kissing in the rain. They’re the caddish shoes who you know are bad for you, but suck you in and then betray you, leading to the moment where you kiss the right shoes in the rain. The slingback on one has betrayed her already.

    (And I kind of want Ben Fogle to play the part of the Right Shoes.)

    Simon LeBon remains my everything. It’s nice to know that I’m turning 43 tomorrow, but can still relate to my 13 year old self on at least one point. And I hate to admit it, but if a Google search kicked up “Simon LeBon feet” as an option, I’d probably conduct that search.

    • Jessica
      +11

      So they’re Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary, NOT Colin Firth. I agree.

    • Sandra
      +6

      (And I kind of want Ben Fogle to play the part of the Right Shoes)

      Well, the universe owes you something nice for creating that sentence, so perhaps you will get your wish.

  10. juanita
    +7

    Well I have a few things to say about this! Firstly wtf is Pippa Middleton doing at David Frost’s Memorial service? Secondly our Royal / ex Royal family are simply an embarrassment when it comes to getting dressed! I see you put up a picture of Yasmin Le Bon who looks truly FABULOUS! Why the heck can’t they be more elegant? I think Fergie probably has a few
    M Health issues so we can excuse that but Beatrice!!!!!! And that sort of black fungus growing off the other ones head!There’s no excuse for looking SO dreadful. PS> Pippa looks like a woman of 60 as well! Sorry, somebody has to say it!

    • VV
      +41

      Pippa Middleton would turn up for the opening of an envelope.

      Hopefully she won’t write a book on funeral “do”s and “don’t”s:

      “At a funeral, someone has died, so make sure you look sad and respectful.”
      “Wear something sober, preferably black, and avoid turning up nude.”
      “When you meet the grieving family afterwards, make sure you don’t say ‘I’m glad they’re dead’.”
      “Don’t get drunk at the reception afterwards and start singing Miley Cyrus songs.”

      And so on.

      • Jessica
        +12

        I literally just laughed out loud at ““When you meet the grieving family afterwards, make sure you don’t say ‘I’m glad they’re dead’.”

    • Diana
      +5

      I’m no Pippa fan, but I do feel the need to stick up for her a bit here. Pippa went to school with at least one of David Frost’s sons, and they have been friends for quite some time. I do agree that she would attend the opening of an envelope, but in this case I think she was going to support one of her good friends.

  11. Emster
    +5

    Guys! Camilla missed a button. ROYALS ARE JUST LIKE US!

    • Sophy
      +9

      Thats an insult to us…….I for one do not want to be anything like Camilla!!

  12.  Constant Reader
    +6

    I NEED the cape that reverend person is wearing in the last photo. Or, you know, a secular version of it.

    • Sandra
      +4

      Do go for an adaptation. It’s not cool to appropriate somebody else’s religious symbols. Though that doesn’t usually stop the fashion industry, regardless of which faith tradition they are insulting.

  13. Sophy
    +3

    Love Pippa and Pricess Bea’s coats

  14.  Shannon
    +4

    I would never want to be so famous that a bunch of randoms I’d never met, or met once, would show up to my memorial service simply to be seen. (This in no way includes Simon le Bon, who has been my everything for 30 years.)

  15. Elizabeth K. Mahon
    +10

    First of all, I wish you had gotten a look at Jemima Khan’s shoes at the service, High-heeled gladiator sandals! Second, I wonder if Fergie was thinking about all the brooha about Prince Andrew being seen out with one of Intern George’s ex-flames and Thirdly, I think that someone should do a musical like Mamma Mia but using Duran-Duran songs. Someone needs to get on that.

  16. marylou bethune
    +1

    I wonder if the Brits are tired of Pippa?

    • Alicia
      +3

      Yes. Yes they are – or the ones I speak to are anyway. There must be some people out there who dig her. A few copies of that book sold.

    • Eli
      +4

      Yea I feel she is the British answer to a lesser Kardashian.

  17. Brenna
    +5

    All I can say is – Ben Fogle YUM!

    • Maggiecate
      +3

      He came to my old work once to do a book signing and he’s sooooooooo lovely. Posh but not snooty, a real gentleman, and so tall and handsome and mmmmmmmmm……

  18. MsALVA
    +6

    SIMON! Oh, I dig that beard. Swoon swoon swoon. I love that he and Yasmin have had such a long happy marriage. But, oh, how jealous I was of her back in the day.

  19. Elizabeth
    +7

    The thing that bothers me about Camilla and her hats is that she stubbornly refuses to wear her hair AT ALL differently to accommodate the various types of chapeau that she puts on her head. So all these hats look perched on top of that rock-solid-looking mass of 70s feathers up there. It’s the one off detail in her usually at least impeccably tailored look. *Sigh*

    Simon LeBon, you handsome devil, you. You just look better and better as you age. I must be getting old, too, because there’s something delightful about how long and happily he and Yasmin have been married.

  20. MegoPachego
    +1

    Sienna Miller’s shoes look like parade floats. Celebratory of Sir David Frost’s life, perhaps? Weirdness is afoot, in any case.

    And please, please, please, let Beatrice’s coat come into my life. I can be good, seriously.

  21. Sajorina
    0

    “This is extremely glamourous although I kind decide if I hate the shoes or I love them.”

    I just love that it says “I kind decide” instead of “can’t”… So charming!

  22. hfree
    +1

    You ladies must not watch the Today Show. They bring Ben Fogle in for all of their William and Kate coverage. He has crazy access. In addition to being at the wedding, and with Harry in Antarctica, he was also at the hospital when Kate gave birth (either his wife or sister was also having a baby–the timing was uncanny). He’s like a posh, non-threatening stalker.

    • Jessica
      +1

      For some weird reason, I only watch the Today Show when I am in New York. HOWEVER this may now have to change!

  23. Susan
    +1

    I remember Ben Fogle from the British show Castaway. That show featured a group of people left on an island in the Outer Hebrides for one year. Then he popped up as a presenter on Cash In the Attic. He has had quite a career since.

  24. Amanda in Austin
    0

    Simon = YUM.
    Sophie’s hat = RIDIC (not in a good way)
    Bea’s coat = I WANT

  25. bookmole
    0

    Simon and Yasmine look great. It’s a good job we know who is who, cos you did that horrible THING of putting the wrong name above their heads.