In the once-grand foyer of a dark mansion, with rain whipping at the windows,
Although it sounds like a scene straight out of
"Did you notice all the lights went out when they said Catherine was a two-time Oscar winner?" quipped
"I couldn't be more thankful," Martin said, noting that her love of costume was a lifelong one. "Up until the age of 6 I categorically refused to wear any other color shoes than red ... I think that love of red shoes pretty much guaranteed that the girl from Oz makes it to Rodeo Drive -- it's a perfect fairy tale."
Martin went on to thank
"And I want to thank you all for coming out here on this horrible rainy day," she told a fashion- and film-heavy crowd that included Chapman (
(Although we didn't see a tiger on a gold leash anywhere in the vicinity of the Grammy-winning singer, she did express her intrigue to us over a handful of silver metallic coated Jordan almonds she'd sourced from a nearby candy dish.)
After Martin accepted her Walk of Style award, Maguire took to the podium to offer a toast in her honor. "I got to live on your sets and live in your clothes and you're one of the greatest there ever was," he said, raising his Champagne glass, "Here's to Catherine the Great."
With that a band struck up the music, Champagne-colored balloons bounced down the grand staircase, streamers unfurled and the gathered guests began to wander the hallways of Greystone and past a display of mannequins wearing costumes from the film. It all had a surreal "last days of Gatsby feel" about it.
One could hardly have conceived of a better -- or more memorable -- backdrop against which to toast someone who, in less than two days' time, would go on to win a pair of
Eventually a plaque bearing the name of the 21st Walk of Style honoree (and first Australian) and the quote: "Film has allowed me to follow my dreams down fashion's yellow brick road all the way to Rodeo Drive," will be placed in the sidewalk somewhere between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.
Although the exact spot hasn't been announced, we can think of three stores on that fabled retail thoroughfare near which the aforementioned plaque's placement would be wholly appropriate -- Brooks Brothers on the northern end, Tiffany at the southern end and Prada in between.