27 March 2009

Art and fashion collide at the ICA gala

At last night's Figures of Speech event, the ICA's annual fundraising gala in support of emerging artists, art-and-culture types (plus a fair few fashionistas) convened for an evening of nosh and natter. Alan Carr compered the proceedings as a line-up of special guests including Bianca Jagger and Janet Street-Porter talked about their favourite object (FYI, Janet Street-Porter's was her... shower cap!). Henry Holland and PPQ provided auction prizes - bespoke House of Holland his'n'hers shoes, a bespoke PPQ bag - and Henry undertook DJ duties for the after-party.

WHO
Aquascutum's Michael Herz, Alice Dellal, Pixie Geldof, Bob Geldof, Henry Holland, Juergen Teller, Jade Parfitt, Poppy and Daisy de  Villeneuve

WHERE
The Brewery, a grade II listed building in London's Barbican

WHAT THEY WORE
Girls: Backless, bare-legged and sequins, sequins, sequins. Plus statement necklaces, beehives and er, berets.
Guys: Skinny suits and bow ties

DRINKS
Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Peroni Beer, Havana Club Rum and Tanqueray Gin

MUSIC
Dance-around-your handbag floor-fillers (translation: Whitney Houston)

DECOR
Neon spotlights and exposed brickwork for that authentic artist's loft effect. Elaborate gold-leaf table centre-pieces.

FOOD
Pea and mint tartlets with goats cheese; slow-cooked lamb, strawberry, lemon and vodka pannacotta

GOODIE BAGS
Signed, limited edition print by Clunie Reid; a mountain of Clinique products; posh Seasons tea; ICA notebook

WHAT THEY SAID
NYC-resident Poppy de Villeneuve bubbled over with excitement at the thought of Topshop's US arrival next week: 'I don't spend too much money on clothes so Topshop's brilliant for me, even if now it means everyone in New York can get their hands on it!' Meanwhile, her sister, illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve told us all about her upcoming exhibition, 'It's in collaboration with Natasha [sister-of-Jude] Law and it explores the subject of close friendship and women's relationships - and all the drama that involves!'

OVERHEARD
'Ooh lovely, can I have that for my screensaver?' Alan Carr to a pap photographer

'I'm not on a curfew tonight - Bob's here!' Pixie Geldof

'I've had a music malfunction! I've left all my CDs at home, my flatmate's bringing emergency supplies.' Henry Holland

 

- Navaz Batliwalla


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