On Pedder presents FOOTNOTES 3

In this edition, we explore MEMENTO. Often typecast as a trivial trinket, the unassuming memento is rarely useful, and often not worth more than loose change. And yet, we hold onto each so tightly – keeping them in drawers we never open, transferring them from moving box to moving box. We toy with the idea of separation, but few of us are able to cut the cord – pulled in by their supercharge of emotion, nostalgia, sentiment and memory.

CRASH PROENZA SCHOULER metallic mesh mules

HEADSTAND CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Foolish platform sandal, Rabakate pump; PIERRE HARDY Ollie print sneakers

Australian writer Bridget Barnett falls for Guy Pearce
two decades late to the game

Ask me about an Australian celebrity and I’ll give you a detailed rundown of their life, no trivial detail excluded. It’s a skill that is as embarrassing as it is impressive. I know that Elle Macpherson frequents the dentist more than most because of the stains her complex daily green juice leaves on her teeth. I know that Keith Urban’s parents ran a convenience store in a small Queensland town called Caboolture. I know that Russell Crowe named a koala chlamydia clinic after talk show host John Oliver.

It’s not a skill I’ve picked up since the days of Instagram and Daily Mail either. My knowledge of the lives of celebrities has dated back as long as I can remember; I spent my childhood years during the nineties fanning over the pages of my mother’s Australian tabloid magazines Women’s Day and New Weekly – meaning I’m well-across celebrities from a couple of decades back, too.

Then, in the fall of 2020, came a question I’d never been asked: “You know the Aussie actor Guy Pearce, right?” For the first time in my life, I realised I missed one. One so far off my radar that a quick Google Image search didn’t give bring me a flash of recognition. Guy Pearce? The name kind of sounds familiar but this face… no. These movies? No, no… never seen those.

How could this have happened? I don’t know. In part, it could be that – according to a Guardian journalist in 2018 – “Pearce’s career path may have passed some people by because of his unusual, disparate choices.” I have a feeling “unusual and disparate” in this context means slightly indie and very good – neither of which fit the descriptions of my usual cinematic preferences.

And so – in the name of bolstering up my only party trick – begins my education into all things Guy Pearce.

First, there are the basics – English-born, Australian-bred (we’ll claim him) breakout star of Neighbours in 1985. A show considered a rite of passage for any Aussie actor, he played alongside now-singers Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who (my pride would like to point out) I didn’t miss.

Next came the classic “shedding of the soap star title”, acting as a drag queen in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, followed by a big break as a diligent detective in LA Confidential. Then there was the lead in Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film Memento. It was here, during a performance that Rolling Stone called a “tour-de-force”, that Pearce was put firmly on the map. While these three are considered his most iconic movies, and the biggest successes in terms of street cred, there have been plenty others TV and film roles since: Mildred Pierce, Prometheus, The King’s Speech, Jack Irish, to name a few. In The Hurt Locker, he cameoed – a true sign of making it. Out this year, there’s the superhero movie Bloodshot, alongside Vin Diesel.

Next part of research – appearances must be critically analysed. This one is easy: Guy Pearce is hot. A gleaming-white-teeth, chiselled-jawline kind of hot. I’m not the only one that thinks this. In 2015, director Stephan Elliott told The Herald Sun that he had reservations about Pearce starring in the 1994 comedy-drama Priscilla Queen of the Desert, saying “The honest truth is that I didn’t want him. I said ‘he is too pretty’. He was too handsome.”

And while it’s easy to think a pretty man like Pearce has had an easy life, he has not. His father, a test pilot, died in a tragic accident when Pearce was eight. He’s openly talked about the depression that followed him after the divorce of his wife of 18 years in 2015. (Side note: Peace has since found new love with Carice van Houten of Game of Thrones fame.) He is brother to older sister, Tracy, who has Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a learning disability. It’s a personal life that’s kept him grounded. “I can’t genuinely go: ‘Yay, fame, great!’ knowing that there are people like my sister and other people who can’t function in the way they want to in the world. That keeps things in perspective for me. Fame, to me, is completely out of whack,” Pearce shared in a 2018 interview.

Also important research: Guy Pearce doesn’t use Instagram. Currently there are precisely five posts on his official Instagram account, not all of which have been well-filtered, and none-of-which seem particularly thought out. The weak personal branding only makes him all the more appealing. Is anything better than a hot guy who doesn’t even care about his image enough to maintain any kind of slightly-decent social media presence? No. That guy is a unicorn.

All of this is why, when the next person asks me who my celebrity crush is, I will say: “Guy Pearce since, like, 1994. Duh.”

FALL MEMENTOS

From glossy metallics, chunky rubber soles, and an abundance of smooth, black leather – this is Fall Winter 2020.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Tread slick boot

SIMONE ROCHA egg bag

SIMONE ROCHA small beaded shopper bag

JACQUEMUS Mini Chiquito gold earrings

KHAITE Dallas ankle boot in gold & caramel/midnight

PACO RABANNE Pacoïo Handbag

NEOUS Chelsea boot

SIMONE ROCHA long drip earrings, headbands in royal blue & jet

BOTTEGA VENETA BV puddle boot, over the knee boots

VALENTINO VLogo Signature bucket hat

MAISON MICHEL Julianne hat, Charlotte hat

THE HAT LADY

Meet Maryam Keyhani – the avant-garde designer working hard to keep our heads firmly in the clouds.

There is a quote on Maryam Keyhani’s Instagram feed by Virginia Woolf that reads, “I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.” It’s a quote that sums up the feeling you get when glimpsing into the life and designs of Maryam Keyhani. You feel a world away from the mundane tasks, practicalities and disconnects of daily life. You feel like you have now entered a shelter room on a cloud – a secret little whimsy wonderland filled with charm, beauty, romanticism, and a charge of emotion that allows those inside to “feel all the feels.”

Here, we dive a little further into the world of the Tehran-born, Toronto-raised, Berlin-based artist and designer – or self-described “hat lady” – with an interview.

IN ONE LINE, WHO ARE YOU?

I’m Maryam Keyhani – the hat lady I guess!

YOU HAVE WORKED ACROSS A LOT OF CREATIVE MEDIUMS INCLUDING PAINTING, SCULPTING, JEWELLERY-MAKING AND MILLINERY. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING IN FASHION AND ART?

To me there isn’t really any difference, since it all comes from the same place.

WHERE DO YOU IMAGINE YOUR HATS BEING WORN, AND BY WHOM?

By all women – preferably to go to the grocery store.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SEE YOUR HATS BE STYLED?

On kids who use them as toys.

WHICH ONE OF YOUR HATS IS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE?

A social distancing hat where you can hide and drink under a mesh drape.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR CREATIVITY ALIVE?

Food! Food always helps.

DO YOU THINK ART IS MORE OR LESS IMPORTANT IN 2020, AND WHY?

More, of course. Because more than ever, we all need an escape, and we all also need to play!!!

YOU ARE A COLLECTOR AND A LOVER OF VINTAGE. WHICH PIECE THAT YOU OWN IS MOST SPECIAL TO YOU AND WHY?

They are all special, which is why it’s hard to pick favourites, but my most recent purchase is an old doll dress.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE QUOTE?

“This too shall pass” – helps with my anxiety.

WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST, AND WHY?

Too many to name, but I really try not to look at so much content from outside my own head – although it’s impossible these days, especially with social media.

IN THIS EDITION OF FOOTNOTES, ON PEDDER EXPLORES THE THEME ‘MEMENTO’. WHAT DOES THAT WORD BRING TO MIND FOR YOU?

Memento – ah, what a beautiful one! I collect many things, you could even say I’m a hoarder.

Most recently, my favourite one is a napkin at a sushi restaurant, where the waiter didn’t speak any English, so she drew me the roll I ordered on the napkin to make sure it was the right one. I’ve kept that very napkin on my fridge!

Dear Ah Ling,

So my new girlfriend has booked us a nice staycation as a treat for my birthday next week. Thing is – she’s told me that she’s bought a hot nurse’s outfit for the night! I know for most people this sounds like a dream come true, BUT my mother is a nurse and every time I see the uniform, I can only think of my mother! HELP! How do I tell my girlfriend that I cannot deal with this? ___Mummy’s Boy

Dear Mummy’s Boy,

Grow up. Be a man and just tell your girl that it’s not going to work for you. In fact, why don’t you tell her what DOES work for you instead? Maybe you prefer a Wonder Woman?
 
Would you rather disappoint her a little or have to think of your mum ALL night?
 
Not even a difficult choice. ___Ah Ling

ASK
AH
LING

Dear Ah Ling,

I have a problem: I like to sleep around but I also have a terrible memory when it comes to remembering faces and names. So sometimes when I’m chatting with a girl, I get feeling that I’ve met her before, but I can’t say for sure. It really becomes a problem when I want to ask her out again. I don’t want her to think I forgot her, even if I did. I’m afraid it might make it seem like the night we shared wasn’t special. What should I do? ___Forgetful Manslut

Dear Forgetful Manslut,

Does this happen to you often? I mean, are you just going to the same bar every night? Maybe a change of scenery is all you need? But okay, say you are Mr. Popular – then you need to start to keep a catalogue of some sort. Take selfies with the girls or get them to send you one, save them in your address book along with their number, and add a symbol to remind you if you’ve been on a date with them before. 1 star for bad date, 2 stars for good date. That way you know if she’s worth taking out again. A legit filing system worthy of a legit manslut.
 
But here is another suggestion, keep it in your pants more often and maybe limit it to just one girl a week? Sheesh. ___Ah Ling

Dear Ah Ling,

Just a quickie question – how much makeup should I wear and how do I tell him not to mess up my make up when I’m answering a booty call? ___FWB

Dear FWB,

Wear whatever makes you feel good. Who cares what he thinks? But here’s a word of advice based on personal experience, leave the red lipstick out to avoid smears and careful with the fake lashes too, especially if things are going to get freaky. Last thing you want is to look like an un-hot mess the morning after and to find your lashes dislodged and stuck to his face or pillow or something – not a good look. Oh, and don’t do a fresh fake tan… because he might have white sheets and you don’t want to leave brown stains. I assure you, he will never call you again after that. ___Ah Ling

Dear Ah Ling,

So I’ve been talking to this guy for a while and things have been going great but here’s the thing, he keeps asking if he can have a pair of my shoes because he thinks I have pretty feet, and he likes looking at my shoes when he misses me. I’ve given him 4 pairs already! I’m kind of flattered I guess, but I also don’t want to give him any more pairs – I’m running out of shoes to wear! I don’t know what to think or do…! Help! ___Soleless Girl

Dear Soleless Girl,

So…your man has a foot fetish. It’s that simple. What should you do? Easy. Make him take you shoe shopping.! That way he gets more shoes, you get more shoes, everybody gets more shoes – it’s like The Oprah Show and everyone’s happy. ___Ah Ling

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