?LFW Party Report: Clogs on Wheels, Loafing with Choo and a Harsh reality

21 February 2010

Facehunter sent out a little tweet yesterday: “Have you ever seen a girl wearing clogs and riding a fixed gear bike?” Why yes in fact I have! And I can confirm that cycling in clogs is a doddle. Although I did very nearly lose one of them when hurtling across Waterloo Bridge en route to the Unique show yesterday.

Outside the show met Julia Restoin Roitfeld, who had missed her flight over to London and never made it to the Current/Elliott party, but was wearing a HOT little pair of leather shorts by the brand to make up for it. So what parties was she planning on attending this week? “Oh God, I’ve just come from so many parties in New York – it just depends what invitations I get handed!”

Headed to Claridges for a seriously swanky do thrown by John Rocha to celebrate twenty-five years in business. I LOVE the cloakrooms in Claridges – sat down in a huge oak armchair to fix my hair before whisking across the black and white tiles to enjoy a few glasses of champagne – out of John Rocha crystal flutes of course. The canapés were a delight – mini fish pies and an amazing tuna carpaccio with delicate rolls of rice paper.

 I spotted Jimmy Choo in the corner – what a polite man, he offered to hold my canapé while I took a picture of his shoes – which of course he’d made himself. He even took them off to show me the label! I asked him what he thought of my shoes but I don’t think clogs are his thing. “Very….simple,” he said. Hmmm.

Lulu Guinness came through the double doors with a flourish, unmissable in neon jewellery by Tom Binns and a signature clutch in the shape of a pout. She told me I absolutely had to get down to her pop up shop in Soho before it closes on Monday. “It’s absolutely enormous, and everything is in the shape of a kiss,” she told me gleefully.

 Didn’t want to leave Claridges but had to dash to the PPQ party over on Oxford Street. It’s always a scrum to get in, and the street was lined with hopeful fashion fanatics. Inside was even more rammed. The queue for G&Ts at the bar was four-deep, so we escaped to the VIP area to have a little chat with Peaches Geldof. Why is she the ultimate PPQ girl? “I think the aesthetic is totally what I’m about – little party dresses, flirty but not too sexy – it’s just a really fun label really.”

 Grabbed a moment with the effervescent Jodie Harsh on the way out, who was looking forward to celebrating her birthday tomorrow with Mum, Gran and a big shepherds pie! “And then in the evening I’ve got Matthew Williamson’s party, which is always so fabulous.”
See you there, Jodie…

- Alannah Sparks


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