Today I went to see the Absolutely Fabulous The Movie. It was never going to win an Oscar but for we die hard AbFab fans it was a chance to see the girls and the colourful flair of the fashion industry in full flight one more time. OTT Brit outfits including some Vivienne Westwood statement ensembles, jumbo accessories, clashing prints, bling bling bling and more than a swig or two of Bollie. My one line review would be a B, a strong start with a rambling middle, muchos cameos and Lumley the star.
It seems AbFab has been around for ages and that’s because it has – albeit with a fairly random cadence. It was originally broadcast by the BBC from 1992 to 1995, followed by a two-part television film series finale in 1996. From 2001 to 2004, two full series were produced, as well as three one-off hour-long specials. To mark the 20th anniversary of the hit, three specials were commissioned, the third and final of which coincided with the 2012 London Olympics.
Now time for some AbFab fun facts, of which there are many, courtesy of Reader’s Digest: Patsy’s full name is Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone. The name of Jennifer Saunders’ character, Eddy Monsoon, comes from her husband Adrian Edmondson. Edmondson had previously used the name Eddy Monsoon himself for a character that appears in The Comic Strip Presents. Despite playing mother and daughter, Jennifer Saunders is only ten years older than co-star Julia Sawalha. Joanna Lumley was a Bond girl (just like the Queen) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).
Absolutely Fabulous is ranked as the 39th top cult show of all time by Ranker, so clearly there was an appetite for this latest movie incarnation. Eddie and Patsy are still shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London, though goodness knows how they are financing it, given Eddie’s financial woes. While attending a party, they knock supermodel Kate Moss into the River Thames, requiring them to flee to the French Riviera where they do whatever it takes to live the high life in perpetuity. There’s more of course but Daily Wrap is a spoiler free zone so you’ll have to see the movie for yourself.
How then to do a dedicated Absolutely Fabulous Wrap when we like to think all our Daily Wrap wraps are Absolutely Fabulous. Does one go with wildly ambitious patterns, outlandish embellishments, a little Lacroix or a few bubbles? In the end , I settled for a zebra inspired psychedelic print and fashioned it with mega bright pink ribbons as well as some gold flashes which probably weren’t absolutely necessary but then again… Adding in things that aren’t absolutely necessary is what Absolutely Fabulous is all about.