Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne talk about style, empowerment, and love


From Dynasty to a title of nobility, the position of Joan Collins as a fashion icon has no equal. In these lines, talk with your goddaughter Cara Delevingne.

Joan Collins: Hello, sweetheart. How are you?

Cara Delevingne: I’m great! But let’s talk fashion: what are your favorite designers and why?

J. C.: Well, obviously Valentino. Because I know Valentino Garavani in 1968, when I first visited your workshop in Italy. I needed to ask for something to borrow for a tv appearance in Rome, and someone recommended me it. He lent Me a wonderful bolero and short with accounts, and since then we are great friends. I’ve been in your boat, on their homes all over the world, and now that Pierpaolo [Piccioli] the helm, I remain true to the brand. My tastes are quite eclectic, design a lot of my clothes. Did you know that in Dynasty I designed many of my outfits?

C. D.: It is amazing. Do you know that there is a account of Instagram dedicated just to the looks who was Alexis in the series?

J. C.: Yes, they told me the other day. I see all these clothes and I promise that I do not remember having placed any of them. It’s been a long, long time. But it seems that people are posting again in Dynasty, and in the new version. It seems that people like the remake.

C. D.: Since then. If you look at recent runways, such as Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, are producing a very fashion Alexis, very eighties, with big shoulder pads and animal print, and things like that. Why do you think that designers are returning to that style?

J. C.: I’ll tell you. Because having wide shoulders is very flattering. It makes your hips look smaller and your waist tiny. The styles of the 80’s and 90’s were somewhat excessive: some slopes were too big, the skirts too short and the shoulders, too exaggerated. But overall I think it was fabulous. I have to say that I do not find that the current fashion is equally flattering. I mean, it feels good to the people of your generation, but not mine. And I think that maybe this is why now it is becoming a look more slender with broad shoulders and suits jacket.


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C. D.: In the 80’s with a special emphasis on the power dressing-room, something that the women we are trying to recover now.

J. C.: And that Alexis was very list. She was a woman of business. To be successful you had to be manipulative and twisted. I based the character slightly in Donald Trump, who at that time was my friend, and he was far from being the president.

C. D.: With respect to when you started, what are the differences notes on the treatment of women? How much has it changed? Should we be proud of what we have advanced, or do you think that we progress very slowly?

J. C.: I think that in certain aspects we have made progress, yes, at a reasonable pace. I think that some actresses, models and characters in our industry have managed to make the difference. You will find producers, directors and actors talking to the women, in a way insulting, trying to overdo it or doing those things that they warned me when I was a young actress. It was horrible, but by that time, or you aguantabas or you gave one a kick with his knee in its parts, something that I did often.

C. D.: I am sure I did many times.

J. C.: Of course! I think that we still have a long way still to go. But I’m glad to see that young people have said ‘enough’. My granddaughter, who is 21, works at a restaurant. There are many customers who make comments out of place or hint. She tells me: “Ah, I just ignore or give them a nudge”.

C. D.: [El escritor] Gore Vidal once said that you were one of the few famous people that he had met with a sense of humor. I totally agree. You are one of the most fun people I know. Why do you think that in Hollywood there is so little sense of humor today?

J. C.: All the world has to be very careful because people get offended very easily. There are a lot of things that you can’t laugh. There is a sense of humor.


Jacket and shirt, both from Dolce & Gabba; hat from New York Vintage; cufflinks, necklace and ring (to the right), all Jacob & Co.; ring (left.) of the own Collins, and gloves vintage. In the other page, Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne at the gala for the MET from the past month of may.

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C. D.: When you marry Percy [Gibson] you told an interviewer: “If you die, you die.” That is one of the funniest lines I have ever heard. How long have you been married?

J. C.: 17 years and eight months. Sweetheart, you came to the wedding. You were 9 years old, and [tus hermanas] Poppy and Chloe came too. You danced and brincaste, and pass them all very well.

C. D.: Who sang at the wedding? Someone did, I’m trying to remember it.

J. C.: Shirley Bassey.

C. D.: Don Shirley Bassey!

J. C.: Yes. And when Roger Moore helped him off the stage, Shirley said: “I couldn’t listen to the band”. To which Roger replied, “That is because there was no”. Because I was singing a cappella. It was a wonderful wedding in Claridge’s. I Love Claridge’s.

C. D.: What do you think is the secret to the success of your marriage with Percy?

J. C.: Well, the first thing is that before moving on to the second phase, we were already friends. We like the same things. We have the same desires in life. And it also helps that, even though you have 30 years younger than I am, his mother was already very old, and his father was two years younger than my father. So for us to both educate them with values similar. In addition, is a wonderful person, absolutely extraordinary. The other day we saved his life in a fire, you know that?

C. D.: No! Tell me.

J. C.: We were in our London flat, lying in bed on the Saturday evening watching television, and suddenly the hallway began to see a column of smoke. The bathroom of the guests was burning, all the towels in flames.

C. D.: No!

J. C.: I picked up the phone and called the fire department, while Percy took the fire extinguisher and began to extinguish the fire. It was terrifying because, obviously, could not extinguish completely.
And firefighters arrived 10 minutes after: three trucks and two ambulances. They closed the streets. I was standing in the driveway, barefoot, with my nightgown.

C. D.: It is terrible.

J. C.: The firefighters said that Percy had prevented ardiese throughout the building, and it is true. When he arrived the chief of the fire department, he commented: “do you Know? What that has done is wonderful. But not to do so again. It has been a great stupidity.” Got into a smoke-filled room. But so is he. And that has been our latest adventure.

C. D.: There is never a dull moment.

J. C.: Never.

Hair and makeup: Joey Maalouf. Translation: Antonio José Rodríguez.

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