Susie Bick, Philip Treacy and photographer Polly Borland
Philip Treacy summed it up perfectly when he told us, “we came to support Bella and Susie, but we also knew it was going to be a great party.”
And indeed it was; as friends, family, fashion figures and figurines battled through tube carnage and biblical weather to get to Bethnal Green’s Grade II listed Town Hall, for a screening of a new film to coincide with the launch of Susie Bick and Bella Freud’s debut fashion collaboration.
We’re a tiny bit besotted with original supermodel and Alaia muse Susie Bick, with her Snow White looks and ice cool style - generally accessorized with very little other than husband Nick Cave. We took the opportunity to grill her about her collection for Azzedine Alaia and her penchant for furry shorts (watch video below).
Bella Freud, elegant in trademark monochrome sweater and wide legged trousers, told us that working with Susie is a constant source of inspiration. “I am constantly stimulated by her way of looking at things,” she mused, “the moment Susie points something out to me it is there in my consciousness almost as if I’d already thought of it myself.”
Bright new starlet of the music scene Florrie Arnold was the film’s slinky ingénue, padding around a glossy townhouse in snuggly sweaters and thigh-high cashmere socks to a sound track of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand. Directed by Willen Jaspert and Stephen Langmanis, the film captured all the off-kilter sex appeal of Freud’s and Bick’s collaboration. With her kittenish looks and rebellious rock n’ roll streak, Florrie was the perfect brand ambassador. “It felt like a perfect fit,” she said, “their line is everything I love about fashion – it’s carefree but sexy and a little bit irreverent.”
From Erin O’Connor to Pam Hogg, everyone was enthusing about the film as we made our way to Bistrotheque for a delicious candlelit dinner, thanks to the lovely people at New Look. We cornered Kinder Aggugini between courses to ask his opinion on fashion in film, “It’s the way everything is going now isn’t it? You’ve just got to keep up.” Could there be a piece of Kinder cinematography in the pipeline for the new collection? “The only thing I can promise about the new collection is if you liked the last one you’ll love this one.” Twelve whole days to wait til we find out what he means.
Ex-Placebo member Xavior Rhodes was still playing away on the baby grand piano (he even played a bit of Gaga!) as we slipped away, nearly colliding with Vidal Sassoon on the way out. We desperately wanted to ask him for wet hair tips as we stepped out into the monsoon, but unfortunately our hot ticket to good hair had pre-ordered a cab and was away in a flash, leaving us to face the frizz alone.
- Alannah Sparks