Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Kirk Douglas reveals shoe rebellion

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas started wearing sneakers at the age of 90 as a "mark of rebellion and comfort".

The 96-year-old American screen legend knows a thing or two about awards season protocols and how to dress appropriately for a ceremony.

The sharply dressed gentleman shared the style secrets that have carried him through his long and lustrous career including numerous Academy Award nominations.

"[When it's time to de-stress before a ceremony], I head to... Ole Henriksen. A facial with Narine always makes me feel festive. Otherwise, I do pretty much what I do before any big evening: my wife and I have massages, I take a nap, and then she lays out my clothes," Kirk told the US edition of Vanity Fair magazine. "I always look very proper, thanks to her, but when I turned 90 a few years back I started wearing sneakers as a mark of rebellion and comfort."

Awards season veteran Helena Bonham Carter also shared the details of her pre-ceremony preparation. The kooky star says the secret to looking good is to take time out to relax, have a make-up artist on call who you can trust and to pack snacks for a mid-ceremony pick me up.

"[To look my best, I call...] Cathy Highland, my friend and make-up artist extraordinaire who paints over all the bad bits," Helena revealed.

"[When it's time to de-stress I head to...] My bed in Room 1123 - with a hot-water bottle and asleep. [I never go to the ceremony without...] chocolate and sweets and caffeine in any form. Any awards show is a marathon."

The Impossible actress Naomi Watts will be one to watch at the Oscars this year. The Australian beauty admitted she goes one step further to ensure she looks good on the night, by ensuring her chosen professionals are nearby.

"[To look my best, I call] Dr. David Colbert, who is normally in New York but comes in for the week," Naomi explained. "His facials really bring the skin back to life, even with all the late nights."

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