Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof at the LOVE/Liberty/Alexander Wang party
WELL. There is only so much fun a girl can handle, and last night’s extravaganza of once-in-a-lifetime fashion fun times very nearly tipped me over the edge. Did I dance with Beth Ditto? Yep. Did I chat away to the lovely lead singer of my favourite band The XX? Yep. Did I catch a breath of fresh air with Tilda Swinton and speak – however briefly – to David and Victoria Beckham? Yep yep yep. Apologies in advance for this piece being the name-droppiest piece of all time, but This Is How It Happened.
Henry Holland and Pixie Geldof at the LOVE/Liberty/Alexander Wang party
Began the night in Bethnal Green Town Hall at Holly Fulton’s delightfully intimate gathering of friends and family – the perfect place for a warm-up cocktail in cool surroundings –the apple and pear Martinis with Holly’s initials sprinkled on with cinnamon were delicious.
Alexander Wang at the LOVE/Liberty/Alexander Wang party
Next stop was the hotly anticipated LOVE/Alexander Wang party at Liberty, where the night started off swimmingly when I got chatting to the designers of hot Aussie label Antipodium who’d clocked my Antipodium dress (pretty sheer number) the moment I walked in. It didn’t take long for the party to escalate as Pixie Geldof and Alexa Chung accompanied DJ-of-the-night Nick Grimshaw to the decks, and Liberty’s aged wooden beams began to shake with the heavy bass. David and Victoria huddled in a corner speaking to Katie Grand but Mr. Beckham did manage a “nice to meet you” on their way past. Things got out of control when La Ditto took to the stage (nobody was standing in the way of it, ha ha). Alexander Wang jostled with Daisy Lowe and Boy George vied with La Roux to get a better view of the explosive singer. Kind girl that she is she came down from her podium to sing amongst the crowd. “Hey Alexa Chung, sing with me!” she shouted. And sing Alexa did, as the whole crowd launched into a sing-off with Beth in a rousing a cappella rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. There were tears. Almost.
Beth Ditto performs at the LOVE/Liberty/Alexander Wang party
We knew it was going to be a tough challenge getting into the AnOther Magazine party at new club The Box in Soho, but luckily sweet Erin O’Connor took us under her wing and brought us in with her. What a scene! Glimmering candles led the way up the stairs and models in lingerie took our coats as we were led into the tiny Vaudeville-like room where Kate Moss was dancing with Daphne Guinness, Ronnie Wood was hobnobbing with Damian Hirst and every dark leather booth was occupied by someone famous. Champagne and Honey Ryder cocktails flowed, sexy performers got naked on stage and the party was basically going off, in a very big way.
Had no intention of leaving, ever. And neither did anybody else. But at 2am I realized my contact lenses had gone dry and I could no longer see (or was that the Belvedere Honey Ryder cocktails?). I’ll leave you with a video of hero of the night Beth Ditto. Beth, I will always love you.
- Alannah Sparks