Last night I donned my best new party frock from Aqua Couture, for a trio of top-dollar bashes around London Town.
First off was the Roisin Murphy for Linda Farrow gig at Aura on St. James Street. In a sea of exceedingly avant-garde fashionistas, one person stood out like a siren. Andre J - dressed in an extraordinary creation by Iris Van Herpen - made me a cocktail and gave me some strong words of advice: “Darling, you gotta keep your lipstick on, keep a smile on your face, shoulders back, head high and LIVE honey! L-I-V-E just live it!!”
Whatever she meant, it was clear that guests at the party were on the same wavelength. Things went off when a couple of near-naked Brazilian samba dancers snaked their way through the room, making way for the fabulous Roisin Murphy to come on stage. “I’ve got so much to go to tonight, but there was no way I was going to leave before Roisin came on,” said designer Hannah Marshall, who was ready to let her hair down with her stylist Kim Howells, having already had her show on Friday.
Leigh Lezark was in similarly buoyant form - fresh off the plane from New York, she was planning on hitting up Mulberry and Matthew Williamson before DJing at the Westwood party in Bungalow 8 later on – that’s even more hectic than my night!
The deluge of rain hadn’t started yet as I wheeled up to the Matthew Williamson party at the Ivy. Everyone was taking the stairs up but I just had to use the Willy Wonka style crystal lift, and arrived in style to find a very elegant throng of guests being serenaded by Coco Sumner, while nibbling on miniature fish and chips.
I grabbed a moment with Jo Wood, who was resplendent in Balmain and a vintage Mary Quant blouse. “Ooh it’s nice and relaxed in here isn’t it?” she said. That was before she got to Mulberry…
The Mulberry party was out in the spectacular grounds of Kensington Palace (no way was I cycling all the way there in the rain!). I arrived to find pork pies, margaritas, and the Felder Felder twins giving Singstar a go! Nicola Roberts was there and I asked her if she’d give us a few bars on it, but she wasn’t down with the idea. She did take the time to talk me through her outfit though – fabulous vintage YSL she’d got from Relic. She confessed to having a weakness for Mulberry leather gloves: “I buy them for my friends every time they have a birthday,” she told me. Can I be your friend?
New popstrel Ke$ha was also staying shy of the karaoke machine, but was definitely enjoying herself when electro-indie band Delphic played a riotous set to the crowd. “I might stay in London,” she said, “although I don’t know if I could handle the rain!”
- Alannah Sparks