The Crown season five finally premiered on Netflix yesterday after weeks of angsting. I feel like everyone on my timeline is watching it right now, including the Queen….
Mariah Carey, aka the Elusive Chanteuse, aka the Festive Butterfly, aka especially right now, the Mother Merry is watch it too. And profiting!
As Mimi says in her post, she had to have her own screening – literally. Because even when she’s watching television, the face is beat and the hair is set with a tiara and notice the lighting. Of course the lighting. Mimi is never not lit. There’s a lighting rig set up in the room, you can tell from the shadows.
And, I repeat, she is getting paid, because Netflix would have had to license the song from her.
That said, beyond her bank account, Mimi is also watching for personal interest. Those of us who’ve read her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, will remember that Mimi feels deeply connected to Princess Diana. And also had a brief encounter with her. In the book, Mimi reveals that:
“I studied how the press hounded [Diana] like hyenas. I once had a brief but unforgettable moment with Lady Di when our eyes locked at a Vogue party."
When their eyes met, Mimi says that she saw something familiar, “that look – the dull terror of never being left alone burning behind her eyes”.
Which is when Mimi realised that how much they have in common. This is the part that makes me laugh, even though I know it’s not supposed to be funny, it’s just the phrasing; it’s the signature Mimi phrasing of things:
"We were both like cornered animals in couture. I completely recognised and identified with her. We shared that understanding of how it felt always being surrounded by people, all of whom might not be trying to hurt you, but all of whom are trying to do something."
“Cornered animals in couture”! Right?! It’s amazingly descriptive. And she’s not wrong. That’s exactly how it would feel to be them.
Speaking of couture though, here’s what Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Diana in seasons five and six of The Crown, wore to the premiere the other night.
Elizabeth has also just been named one of Dior’s new ambassadors, which is fitting since Diana also had a relationship with the fashion house.
Over the next few days and weeks, as more and more people finish the latest season of the show, some of Diana’s most iconic fashion moments will be remembered. Diana’s style will continue to dominate the culture.
Sarah will have more on season five of The Crown next week as she gets through most of the episodes. I’m not starting for another couple of weeks because I’m saving it for a holiday binge. That said, it’s already making me laugh how people are reacting to Dominic West as then-Prince Charles. As I joked a few weeks ago, when people were screaming about a disclaimer: Dominic West as Princes Charles IS the disclaimer!