Parties: In fashion fantasyland
Sunday 09 November 2008
A menagerie of animal sculptures and a cartoon-like television housing a DJ booth are not what one might expect to find in a church, but set designer Shona Heath's transformation of Sir John Soanes's Holy Trinity in Marylebone on 3 November made for a suitably surreal setting for Vogue and fine-jeweller Van Cleef & Arples' "Fantastic Fashion Fantasy" party.
It was home from home for model-slash-toyshop-owner Jasmine Guinness, who confided that she has a flutter of Heath-designed butterflies in her own house, and feeling similarly comfortable were the enfants terribles of London design Henry Holland and Dr Noki, at the Atkins-friendly charcuterie bar. Claudia Schiffer seemed less chez elle, however, and after chatting to stylist Bay Garnett, retired to her west London pad.
Disinclined to such an early bedtime was rock progeny du jour Georgia-May Jagger. Du jour? Maybe – "Who's the brat?" hissed one guest as she jostled past him. But, as another observed, it must be hard not to be pouty when you've inherited Mick's lips.
Partying through the pain was model Erin O'Connor. Sporting sensible flats due to a twisted knee, she took bets on who'd be the first to climb astride a giant model stallion.
As Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman saw off departing guests, she revealed that the date set for the party had been changed to avoid a clash with the US election. Reassuring to know that even the glitterati realise some things are more important than fashion.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
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