“Geez”, muttered a friend Wednesday night. We’re standing in a jam packed club – not even a famous one – heaving with human traffic and queueing for £14 drinks. “What recession?”
Indeed what recession — it’s certainly not in London. After a manic LFW, one would expect everything to calm down for a moment, for the money and champagne to stop flowing. Instead, we’ve experienced a pent up demand to party – and wear the clothes \ we so innocently bought during fashion month.
The action’s hot and heavy: this week alone saw the bash celebrating the Juicy Couture store opening (which shares a block with Matthew Williamson & Stella’s store), the Tatler 300th anniversary party and the Vogue/Bulgari party. Last night, Alasdhair Willis (Stella’s husband), threw an intimate do at his Duke Street gallery, while Cindy Crawford launched her Omega collection at the Almada club (where Anna Wintour made her LFW date with Chris Kane). The latter drew the most stars yet including Lily Allen, Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley and Jasmine Guinness whilst Rhys Ifan flirted outrageously with model du jour, Tolula Adeyemi.
This week also marks the London Film Festival and the Frieze Art Fair. The second, of course, draws such an eclectic crowd that we wonder if Tommy Ton should add an art-gazing blog.
As the festivals continue into the weekend, we’re anxious to see who will attend the Valentino party, and who, apart from Dasha Zhukova, will be at the Kandinsky prize party at the Louise Blouin Foundation because really, if invited to both, it will be difficult to choose. Would you dare snub either heavyweight?
On Monday, what they wore.