Hugh Grant stepped out with his girlfriend, Jemima Khan, to the Premiere of his new film “Music & Lyrics” the other night. As you can see from the way the media picked over it, they were happy to draw comparisons to Liz Hurley and the Versace dress 13 years ago. It all goes to prove that when a publicity stunt is staged, it’s fine to repeat an idea. The dress moment will always generate interest, but there’s only one thing worth mentioning about this photo opportunity and that is that it will plague Ms Khan for years to come. She’ll never live it down; it will stay on record and turn up like a nasty stain on a party frock. If there’s anything negative in the soap opera that is her life, the image will always illuminate the script.
Last Tuesday morning, the press compared her to Liz Hurley, her dress was compared to Liz Hurley’s and her relationship was compared to that of her beau and Liz Hurley. I’m not sure she was expecting such comparisons but when you wear an eye catching, skin tight black dress and accompany Hugh Grant to an event, you are making your life far more available for the newspapers to pore over. Surely at this stage in her life, she should have put more thought into that. I am prepared to place a bet with Paddy Power right now that in ten years time if the Daily Mail asks her for an interview, she’ll say “yes, but as long as they don’t use the shot of the Herve Leger dress”.