24 June 2010

The Elephant in the Room

The theme for last night’s Emeralds for Elephants party at Selfridges was ‘green and glamorous’, and the blinging jewels and goddess gowns being sported by the elegant crowd within certainly fulfilled the brief.
 
The event was being held to raise money for World Land Trust and Wildlife Trust of India (you know, all those little elephants trampling around the city) and a host of glamorous guests had turned out to support the cause – and maybe put in a bid in the auction.

alice dellal elephant

Grazia Daily spotted Alice Dellal lurking by the asparagus canapés in her signature raggedy punk get-up.  She was there to support mum Andrea (who was hosting the event) but was slightly preoccupied as she was heading off to Glasto the next day. Her festival tip? “Forget the English festivals – the little European ones are always the craziest.” So this summer if you fancy rocking out with Alice and her rowdy crew, you’re most likely to catch her in Slovenia, at Met Camp: “It’s a heavy metal party in a beautiful forest in the mountains.  Waterfalls and metal - it doesn’t get much better than that.” Eh…see you there.

Green guests were giddy on champagne and were treated to nibbles like beetroot-infused salmon on rye, and mini fillets of beef with béarnaise sauce. We grabbed a moment with the totally gorgeous Zara Martin, TV presenter for Current TV and - come September - your next source of wardrobe envy. She’s designed a capsule collection of “day wear any-wear” separates with cult London label Bodyamr (remember that Kylie dress?), which are guaranteed to shoot to the top of your Autumn shopping list. From her amazing Domakaya bag to her vintage Barbara Bui shoes, Zara’s definitely one to keep on your fashion radar.

We know it’s rude to stare, but we found it very hard not to when confronted with the dripping jewels gracing the clavicles of the gorgeous models in attendance. “They’re 120ct emeralds and 42ct gold,” one of them told Grazia Daily “but I can’t tell you how much they’re worth – somebody might run away with me!” Designed by eight of the country’s most talented designers – including Shaun Leane, Theo Fennell and Dominic Jones – the stunning jewellery was due to be auctioned off alongside the fist-sized jewel in the crown of the collection, the Emerald Queen.

This meteorite sized beauty – a whole 678ct of deep green emerald - decorated the head of the most expensive of all the elephants in the London Elephant parade and was designed by Sabine Roemer. The stone raised a dizzying £150K for the charity, and together with all the other jewellery pieces, a very healthy £517K was raised for the cause.
 
We were half hoping to find a few emeralds in the goodie bag as we left the party – but found a green bottle of champagne instead. Much more useful to celebrate the match result with!

- Alannah Sparks


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