Grace Woodward is Our Party Reporter - the William Vintage Dinner to the BAFTA Awards!

16 February 2012

What a busy week of partying it's been! While Grazia Daily has been bringing you our Big Fashion Issue LIVE, we haven't had one moment to sip on a glass of champers or nibble on a canape at one of the many swanky parties that have been going on in our fair city. BUT! We have the brilliant Grace Woodward to do that for us. The super-stylist has been a true party-hopper, sweeping from the William Vintage Private Dinner to the Asprey BAFTA nominees cocktail shindig. Here Grace brings us the inside scoop...

Vicky McClure, Gizzi Erskine and Grace Woodward attend a private dinner hosted by William Banks-Blaney of WilliamVintage and actress Gillian Anderson at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Gillian Anderson (L) and William Banks-Blaney attend a private dinner hosted by William Banks-Blaney of WilliamVintage and actress Gillian Anderson at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

William Vintage Private Dinner

Vintage couture, diamonds and fame everywhere is exactly what the BAFTAs are all about. Well it is now, after WilliamVintage the store that has literally dressed the whole of the awards season and accessorised it with his favorite exquisite rocks from Adler. In the magical setting of the Renaissance St Pancras, every arrival looked like a silver screen goddess - Vicki McClure, Gizzi Erskine, Emilia Fox, Anna Friel, Hayley Atwell and Tallulah Harlech all dressed by William himself. Co-host Gillian Anderson wore black velvet, I did think twice about even wearing the same fabric as the cream skinned goddess in a quizillion pounds of emeralds and diamonds, but styled it out in Mainbocher with a pink diamond flower brooch worth the price of a two bed house and a Stephen Jones headpiece. Other nice to look at best friends were feisty Rhys Ifans, hot stuff Jack Guinness and even hotter stuff Robert Konjic who jollied the girls along through the champagne reception and perfect red carpet conscious high protein dinner. 

I slipped away to Harvey Winstein’s after dinner drinks at Dean Street Town House with Erin Morris (can a girl have too many friends with diamonds in one night?) to bump into Naomi Campbell, in fur of course, and meet the lovely Laura Carmichael from Downton who looked very un-costume and super chic in Osman Yousefzada.

Asprey BAFTA nominees cocktail party

A minus 5 night but the crowds were out screaming for Viola Davis, Jonah Hill, John Hurt, Gary Oldman and Cuba Gooding Junior etc on the purple carpet, but the style stars of the night were Emilia Fox (who wore a Lusia Bacchaira Dynasty inspired cream and gold dress with her new but temporary 'Cheryl' red hair coiffed into a proper 80s doo by Charles Worthington) and, even though she wasn’t wearing a traditional cocktail dress like the lovely Edith Bowman and I (we both wore vintage from the man of the moment William Banks Blaney), Rita Ora stole the show in vintage Chanel denim. In the Hotel Chocolate room I ate cheese with chocolates and caramel which is something I thought we only did at home and found a chest of draws full of redic treats (it seemed like the most fun room, I wonder why???). The cocktails kept flowing from the American Bar which was moved to here from The Savoy and the drinks were gorge but had dangerous teeth sticking green bits in. One lady stole the show in an emerald silk tux and Alexandra Roach (the young Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady) looked like a head turning star. 

The BAFTA Awards

Can a stylist have a stylist? For the most glamorous and hardest event to dress for EVER this is why stylists exist. Traditional long or break-the-rules short? Freezing? Wear a coat - see Clooney and Pitt or long sleeve Melissa George or working it like it’s irrelevant Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz. I chose the latter (might only do this once in my life) in emerald green and cream lace vintage (thinking S/S) with Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem, floral shoes and Louboutin floral clutch. I froze but was madly excited so didn’t care. All the women look even better in real life and OMG everywhere you look there is someone MEGA FAMOUS. I was starving after three hours of live hosting for BAFTAS Final Word with Alex Zane and so eating at midnight (even lamb) didn’t put me off. 

Not sure if they had an inkling but many stars (Octavia Spencer, Gary Oldham’s wife Alexandra Edenborough and Kirsten Wiig) blended with The Artist theme in a black and white extravaganza of dinner decoration and 11 foot high black and white table decor with images of Uggie nestling in (possibly modeled on Helena Bohnam Carter’s style).  The table mats were all themed with images from the films nominated, I tried to fit a full set in my clutch #FAIL. I had one sip of Disarrono at the after party at The Grosvenor then hailed my chauffer driven Audi to go home wanting to be an actress for ever and ever...


by Grace Woodward


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