Just as Autumn was relinquishing it’s grips to Winter all over Europe last week, the world of fashion came to Los Angeles for a few last days of sunshine with a double feature combo of the British Fashion Council’s “London Showrooms” where a select group of fashion designers are invited over to meet head celebrity stylists and media and The Vogue Fashion Funds finalists’ fashion show, held at The Chateau Marmont.
Needless to say, the meeting of the two events called for a party! The festivities were scheduled towards the end of the week and as Wednesday rolled along I jumped at the invitation to the British Fashion Council’s drinks party at the Mondrian pool with a subsequent dinner hosted by Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour.
Upon arrival at The Mondrian, the tight black jeans, white t-shirt and leather jacket, LA uniform was checked at the door and the pleated tailoring of Marios Schwab, the brilliantly eclectic and timeless textiles and unique shapes of Mary Katrantzu, the street chic of Aitor Throup’s exhibition and of course the innovative and pastels of Nicholas Kirkwood’s new shoes were on display. It was just like a little bit of London- poolside.
I arrived wearing a beautiful navy blue Spencer Hart suit from Savile Row and red velvet heels and found everyone, including my favorite designer of the moment, Louise Gray, looking eye wateringly cool in their own designs.
The next night saw the fashion’s elite head over to The Chateau Marmont for the Vogue Fashion Fund’s finalist dinner. The result was dazzling and the red carpet looked something more like an Awards Ceremony than an up and coming fashion show’s celebration, but luckily, Hollywood’s A-list managed to keep the fun upbeat energy that you only get when you discover something new and exciting and really let their hair down- which is rare as a gloomy day in LaLa Land.
Guests included Brits David Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as well as Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Emma Roberts and Gwen Stefani.
Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley
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