Body talk: A lean-on McCartney Classic
By Judi James
Credit where it’s due. Being borderline fed up with some of the cheesier coupledom poses (I’m joking, of course – I adore them really), it’s like a refreshing bucket of Atlantic brine to spot a high-profile duo, other than the Obamas, produce something deserving an ‘ah’ response from the viewing public.
Stella McCartney and hubby Alasdhair Willis rate high on the cuteness factor but they also do well on the ‘genuine’ swingometer, too, by posing in a way that makes their relationship look a) real and b) a bit cheering, as in looking at it enhances the mood of the viewer. We’re used to seeing Stella out with girlie party pals like Mossie, so it’s nice to discover her man is a bit of a body-language god on the quiet.
That masculine leg-splay and debonair hand-in-the-pocket look combines with the full-on wifely attention and cheek-dimple to make him appear affectionate and witty, both qualities that can be as rare as hens’ teeth in the world of A-list society.
Another mark in his favour comes from the fact that he isn’t springing away with footwork niftier than Anton Du Beke’s cha-cha-cha as his wife does a coy, giggly thing, resting her forehead on his lapel. As any face-to-whistle gesture will normally produce a make-up slick on a man’s suit, we can probably add words such as ‘tolerant’ and ‘non-vain’ to Alasdhair’s CV of wonderfulness.