On the Katy Train

By Richard Mineards   |   July 9, 2024

Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry has teased the lyrics of her new fantasy song “Woman’s World” in a most environmental way, wearing them on the back of her Balenciaga dress during Paris Fashion Week.

While her one-shoulder red velvet look featured a super-short hemline, it also included an extraordinary train that trailed an unbelievable 200 yards behind her and was printed with the lyrics.

While it was difficult to actually read the words listed in block letters as Katy entered the Ritz Hotel on the Place Vendome, fans took their best guesses.

“It’s a woman’s world and you’re lucky to be living it,” it begins. “Feminine divine, she was born to shine,” it ends.

The new song is scheduled for release on Thursday, with a music video to drop the following day.

For avid fashionistas, I note that the late Princess Diana’s train on her bridal gown at St. Paul’s Cathedral was a mere 25 feet long…

For Your Service

Prince Harry is being honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service at this year’s ESPYS in Los Angeles being hosted by former tennis ace Serena Williams on Thursday, July 11th.

The award is given to a person with strong connections to sport who has served others in a way that echoes the legacy of the former football player and U.S. Army Ranger, according to ESPN.

The Riven Rock-based Duke of Sussex is receiving the award “in honor of his tireless work in making a positive impact for the veteran community through the power of sport.”

Harry served in the British armed forces for a decade before forming the Invictus Games Foundation, which has “created an international platform to support wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women.

Past Reflections

Oprah Winfrey has spoken about her emotional weight loss journey and the one moment that changed her perspective – wiping away a tear as she admitted she used medication to maintain a trimmer figure.

The former TV talk show host, 70, appeared on Jamie Kern Lima’s podcast, where she tearfully detailed the battle she’s been having for most of her life and the moment she realized it was beyond her control.

“I was at my fattest. All these years, all those diets. All the times I tried. I came back and tried again, and I lost it.

“I’m climbing up the mountain. I’m suffering, I’m starving,” she declared. “It’s not my fault. That was the moment and that was 2023.”

Farewell to ‘Yellowstone’

Carpinteria actor Kevin Costner, who has just quit the Paramount hit show Yellowstone, says he only originally wanted to do one season of the Western.

Costner, 69, announced last week he was quitting his role as John Dutton to focus on other projects.

But now, he’s admitted, he never intended to stay with the project for a lengthy period.

Yellowstone was a great moment in my life,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I remember reading it and thinking ‘I want to do this.’”

“It was important for me to be able to do other things and, you know, try to make them work. I just wasn’t able to make it work.”

Remembering Lord Charles Hindlip

On a personal note, I remember Lord Charles Hindlip, former head of the international auction house Christie’s until his retirement in 2022, who has died aged 83

Educated at historic Eton College, where princes William and Harry were schooled. I first met him when he was the auctioneer for the sale of Princess Diana’s gowns, which raised more than $4 million for charity, just two months before her tragic death in Paris, an event I covered for ABC Network News and CNN.

A stylish and socially adept individual, he also conducted the auction of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in 1987 which sold for more than $30 million and at the time was the most expensive painting ever auctioned.


Priscilla Presley in a Cadillac limo at Pierre Lafond… Singer Katy Perry at the Vogue fashion bash in Paris… Kevin Costner with children Cayden, Hayes, Grace, Joe and Annie at Horizon: An American Saga premiere in L.A.

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