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Who doesn't love Paul Weller?

The Modfather himself is appearing in a new advertising campaign, for British heritage brand Daks, with his daughter Leah. This is their second appearance for Daks.

Paul Weller of course is no stranger to fashion as he has modelled in the past for Ben Sherman, John Varvatos and Pretty Green.

We just had to share these pictures. 

Below are the pictures from their first campaign.

 

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Jo Berry is a legendary film critic and celebrity journalist who has interviewed everyone and anyone in the film and TV business. She is a friend of Lovely's Vintage Emporium, so when she mentioned to us that Hollywood star James Garner (who sadly died at the weekend) had been the most interesting person she had ever interviewed then we simply had to find out more.

Over to Jo:

James Garner 1928-2014

Twelve years ago, I was in a downtown Los Angeles hotel, on a press junket for a movie no one probably remembers – Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood. Directed by Callie Khouri, best known at the time as the screenwriter of Thelma & Louise, it was a forgettable chick flick but boasted an impressive cast that included Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn and a certain Hollywood gentleman with a 50-odd year acting career by the name of James Garner.

 

Grouped in a room with six other journalists, each representing magazines from around the world, we sat and waited as each actor in turn came to spend 45 minutes with us, during which time we all sat around a table, tape recorders in the middle, and took turns asking questions relating to the film. The other journalists, from places as varied as Chile and Sweden, were only interested in Sandra and Ashley, so none of them had prepared any questions for James Garner, nor did they seem to have a clue who he was (maybe TV series like Maverick and The Rockford Files weren’t big in Scandanavia or South America).

 

But I knew exactly who he was. As a kid, I’d sat and watched The Great Escape a hundred times with my dad (and always cried when Garner’s character tried to help Donald Pleasance’s blind Brit escape the German POW camp) and fallen in love with the tall, dark haired, twinkly-eyed actor watching the Doris Day comedy The Thrill Of It All with my mum. I’ve interviewed Matt Damon, George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more in my career, but let me tell you – James Garner was a true Hollywood star when that phrase really meant something, and a gracious, funny and kind interviewee, too.

Since the other journalists didn’t have any questions, what followed was 45 minutes of me chatting to James Garner and trying not to swoon at a man who was 74 years old (I failed, dear reader). The Oklahoma-born actor (real name – James Bumgarner), who was so good in the racing drama Grand Prix that some of his racing trainers said he should have competed for real, was humble, and wonderful. “I became an actor at 25,” he told me, “and decided to give myself until I was 30 to make a living out of it, and then I did Maverick and decided to give it another five years, and so on. It wasn’t until I was 50 that I realised I had a career.”

Two years after I met him, a whole new generation of women would shed a tear for him in the movie The Notebook, while my nine-year-old son knows him best as the voice of Commander Rourke in the animated adventure Atlantis: The Lost Empire. To me, he’s the man who brightened up a smoggy Los Angeles day with tales of golf, The Great Escape, and a Hollywood that’s long gone.

He told me: “I once took a year off to travel and rest and after three months, I was asking my agent about scripts. Six months later with no scripts, I said I’d do anything. It was 14 months before something came along and I did it just to get back in the business. You tell ‘em you’re not working and they forget you. So I never say that anymore.”

Mr Garner, you will be missed, and you won’t be forgotten.

 

Jo Berry has a website www.movies4kids.co.uk that reviews films that are suitable for children and gives advice to parents about suitability according to the child and their age. The Facebook page for Movies4Kids is http://on.fb.me/1prZDZX and their Twitter account is @movies4kids 

THANKS JO! Love, Lovely's Vintage Emporium

 

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