Last night’s parties got off to a rather sophisticated start at the Groucho Club in Soho, where Liberty Ross was hosting a small get together for an elite crew of fashion luminaries. (And one or two crashers).
Liberty Ross was the picture of film noir beauty in a vintage lace dress, film star waves and Clara Bow style black lips, dressed for Mario Testino’s 1930s themed bash for the Moet and Chandon Etoile award later on. Also in full silver screen getup was the divine Poppy Delevigne in a richly embellished ivory tassled number. 'I’ve just come from the Temperley show and I felt totally overdressed – I should have brought a sandwich board to wear saying "I am going to something else afterwards, this is not how I normally dress for a fashion show"!'
After one or two glasses of champagne, a mini steak tartare and a brief chat with the lovely Rankin (who told us all about the upcoming twentieth anniversary editions of Dazed and Confused that he'd shot - very exciting stuff coming up!) it was time to hop across to East London to the Hoxton Pony for the Mark Fast after show party. There we found a young, beautiful and cobwebby crowd, with long limbs and toned stomachs shrouded in Mark Fast’s spindly knits. Zara Martin was taking a turn on the decks and keeping the dancefloor packed with big hitters like Katy B and Nicki Minaj. 'I’m playing Nicki especially for Mark, she’s his absolute favourite!' she said as she swirled around like poetry in motion in a tasselled Fast creation.
But Mr. Fast might have found himself a new favourite last night as his party was attended by none other than Kelis, whom we had to speak with after her incredible performance at the Cavalli party on Saturday. But does she find it hard playing to the notoriously stuffy fashion crowd? “The moment I stop enjoying doing what I do, the moment I’m not doing it for me anymore – that’s the moment I stop doing it. I always say, I’m playing for my own pleasure. But you know what, that was some party wasn’t it!”
Yes it was Kelis. And so was this one, as the Hoxton Gin cocktails went down smoothly and Rachel Zoe and Pixie Geldof added to the star count. 'I love coming to London for inspiration,' she said, the swinging sixties, the classic labels like Burberry and Aquascutum, it's got such a rich fashion history and actually it's influenced my own collection a lot.'
As we were leaving we were handed a delightful goody bag crammed with treats from OPI and skin products from Elemis - just as well as our skin is definitely showing the signs of 5 nights of free cocktails and sleep depravation
- Alannah Sparks