LFW Parties Day 3: Round the Mulberry Bash!

21 February 2011

The welcome smell of roasted nuts greeted us at the entrance to Claridges ballroom where the bi-yearly blow out that is the Mulberry party was taking place. The theme this year was the Fantastic Mr Fox so we had to duck under branches sagging with the weight of taxidermy birds, and make our way in to the fantasy forest. We’d been at the Nowness party in St Martins Lane Hotel previously, where the minimalism reigned and the only decoration was a couple of iPads, so naturally this was a feast for the senses. Organic cider, dandelion and blackcurrant mojitos and tiny little chicken pies were on offer from an army of men in red bandstand coats, so we were to be wined and dined in true Mulberry style.

In the queue for the bathroom we were overtaken by a flurry of purple tweed which turned out to be Janice Dickinson. She held out her hand and introduced herself on the way past, 'Hi, I’m Janice. I’m sorry, I gotta go like a race horse.'

Outside again she was much more composed as she stood chatting to Jo Wood. We felt compelled to comment once again on Wood’s gravity defying behind, splendid in a vintage Bruce Oldfield dress. 'Honey this girl works out like a demon,' said Janice, 'that’s why she looks so damn hot.'

Gemma Arterton glided in looking stunning in Mulberry. 'The only thing I’m wearing that isn’t Mulberry is my shoes. They’re Azzedine Alaia and I love them to pieces. I should do too – I had to buy them myself as he never gives anything away. But they’re so worth it aren’t they?'

She was joined by a bevy of Mulberry beauties - Rebecca Hall, Clemence Poesy and Kirsten Dunst (whow e grabbed later for an exclusive chat which you can ceck out here) who all gathered around Mulberry creative director Emma Hill for a photo call that we were swiftly banished from, though we did manage to listen in on Kirsten waxing lyrical about British fashion before being shooed away.

In the main ballroom the party was in full swing, with fashion folk playing games of skittles and dressing up in animal masks for a vintage style photo shoot complete with giant mushrooms. Everyone streamed to the dance floor when Kele came on stage to deliver a stomping set, but by that time we had to be on our way to Temperley at the Groucho club in Soho.

It’s well known that Alice Temperley throws the best parties, but unfortunately half of LFW seemed to agree because a heaving crowd had gathered on the street outside and there was a one in one out policy on the door. It was definitely worth the wait however, as upstairs the glittering crowd - including Poppy Delevigne and Alice Dellal - were in full swing sipping speakeasy style Belvedere cocktails which provided the perfect nightcap. After chatting once again to Janice Dickinson – (“Honey I need something to make my lips look fabulous,” she said to make up artist Zoe Taylor, who had to apologise for not carrying her kit around with her) – we decided to call it a night.

Gotta stay perky for Burberry, Wang and Mark Fast tonight. More later!

- Allanah Sparks


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