It can be exhausting for Grazia to constantly party-hop from one glitzy bash to another every evening, constantly quaffing champagne and schmoozing with celebs – and that’s why we’ve enlisted the help of Cheska Hull and Ollie Locke. The 'Made in Chelsea' stars are party pros so who better to take some of the schmoozing off our hands? As our guest columnists, they will be writing Grazia’s party pages and for the first instalment, pick up next week's issue (on sale Tuesday). Ever the professionals, the pair popped into Grazia HQ last week (you maaay have noticed our excited tweeting) to get down to work. While they were here, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to grill Cheska and Ollie on their party wardrobes, dressing like Carrie Bradshaw and, of course, the secret to Ollie’s ridiculously glossy locks…
Grazia Daily: What makes a good party?
Cheska Hull: Food and drink is really important – you have to have good canapaes and delicious cocktails and champagne is a must.
Ollie Locke: My favourite thing is to judge the canapés. I judge them like a real judger. Nothing with asparagus or anchovy because you never know.
Cheska Hull: More important than food and drink is location. We went to an amazing party next to the Tower of London and that made such a difference.
Grazia Daily: What’s your top tip for party dressing?
Cheska Hull: It’s always good to find out before you go what the general theme is. If it’s in the East end of London, you can wear a pretty dress and team with it a leather jacket, but if it’s a premiere, I go long and elegant. I always do a bit of research so I’m prepared. Flicking through Grazia magazine’s one of the best ways to do it because there’s loads of outfits in there. Also, if you have a blowdry but you’re wearing an old dress, it’s not so bad because your hair instantly makes you feel good.
Grazia Daily: You recently dressed up as Carrie Bradshaw – what was that for?
Cheska Hull: I went to a really fun party for Wallpaper magazine’s design awards and I wore a beautiful dress that had a tutu at the bottom, which is very Carrie. And obviously my hair is quite curly and I teamed it with a leather jacket in a Chanel style and a clutch bag from Paparazzi that looks like a magazine. It was a risky look but it was the right thing to wear for that party.
Grazia Daily: And what’s your secret to such incredible hair, Ollie?
Ollie Locke: I go to Neville’s hairdressers. I don’t wash it that much because it’s important to keep those natural oils involved. I use Batiste (dry shampoo) a lot and Moroccan Oil and if you’ve got static, chuck in some moisturiser. I don’t have straight hair, my hair’s very curly, so I have it blow dried once a week and put it up at night. I haven’t washed my own hair in about two years so when someone asks me what shampoo I use, I have no idea. That sounds diva, but it’s not.
So in the spirit of Fashion Jury, Cheska and Ollie kindly agreed to assess some of their partywear - read their verdicts in the gallery above. And take it from us, these two are an absolute hoot! If they were in the office every day, we'd NEVER get any work done. You'll see what we mean by clicking play on the video below. Oh, and please excuse Ollie’s potty mouth and *ahem* hilariiious jokes…
And if you liked that, check out the lovely Millie Mackintosh giving us a tour of her wardrobe right here!