31 January 2014 by

Party Beat: The Amanda Wakeley Store Launch With Elizabeth Hurley, Tracey Emin and Darcey Bussell

Last night saw the launch of Amanda Wakeley's new store in Albemarle Street - a gorgeous two story town house to be precise. And let this be said, Amanda is one popular lady! The store was literally packed to the rafters on both floors with guests teaming to get a look at her dresses and of course, a drink from the bar.

Elizabeth Hurley was one of the first to arrive getting in before the rush (clever lady). However, she was gone again by the time 7.15 rolled around - rumour has it that her ex-husband Arun Nayer was also in attendance. Let's be honest, no one really wants to hang out with an old flame do they? We definitley don't blame her for making a quick exit.

Later Darcey Bussell arrived looking every bit the prima ballerina she once was. Darcey bought husband Angus along for the evening who proved popular with the other guests, one was heard exclaiming, 'God, is that Darcey's husband? He's fit!'  Of course when we weren't gawping at dear Angus there was more than enough time to perouse the beautiful rails of dresses that adorned the shop walls and to check out the interiors - designed by Amanda herself.

Our favourite part was the fireplace on the second floor, the perfect spot to warm up before getting on with some shopping. The night didn't go without hitch though, at one point all the lights in the shop went off plugging everyone into darkness - luckily most of the guests thought it was just time for a disco, some even started dancing.

We used it as a good excuse to snaffle a few of the amazing canapes designed especially for Amanda by Mark Hix. They included buttermilk fried chicken with kimchi ketchup and pumpkin aranchini - delicious!

What we ate: Iberico ham hand carved by Chef Kevin Gratton from Hix

What we drank: Eightini cocktails made with Belvedere Vodka


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