Wow! Celebarama! Last night we trooped to Stella McCartney’s Mayfair store to watch the annual switching on the Christmas lights, with a zillion A-listers in attendance. Grazia Daily arrived promptly, soon after 6.30 to find the shop already so packed with recognizable faces, from Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Peter Blake Richard E Grant, (is he not a Sir yet?) to Kate Moss, Alexa Chung with Nick Grimshaw and Pam Hogg, that we could barely fight our way to the drinks and delicious Fortnum and Mason snacks like mince pies, Christmas cookies, Charbonnel and Walker chocolates. Wow. It was a name drop winter wonderland.
Next we all squeezed outside to watch Jennifer Saunders as her Absolutely Fabulous character Edina Monsoon turn on the lights, but not before she had made a short but absolutely side-splittingly funny speech where she insulted just about everyone present, saying the last time she saw (Stella’s father and Beatle) Paul McCartney was ‘in a cupboard in Berlin in the Sixties’, and ‘that there were plenty of old models there, including Kate Moss’ who was clearly past her best in Edina’s opinion. Then she showed off her gleaming gold Stella McCartney Autumn Winter jacket and kinky boots. Then to much fanfare, introduced her special mystery guest . . . Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls, getting her name wrong and calling her ‘Baby Bunton’.
Ah, the whole thing was absolutely hilarious, and then we all trooped back inside with Dame Kelly Holmes, Sharleen Spiteri, Helen Lederer (who also used to be in Absolutely Fabulous) and Mariella Frostrup. Although Stella has a Christmassy shindig and gets a different comedian to turn the lights (eco friendly, powered by Ecotricity, natch) each year, for some reason this one seemed a) even bigger and b) more surreal since Ab Fab is a satire about a load of fashion people air kissing each other and partying, and this was a party for a fashion brand loaded with celebs . . . talk about life imitating art!