21/12/2012 8:15 PM

From the Met to Miami – Top Parties of 2012

Anna Wintour, Carey Mulligan and Miuccia Prada Host the Met Ball

From the moment Diana Vreeland, an ex-editrix of US Vogue founded a ball to raise funds for the Metropolitan’s Costume Institute it became the kick off carnival for the New York uptown social set. In 2012 it was yet again a fashion tsunami and the hottest party ticket on the planet. Jessica Alba was in gold one-shouldered Kors, Carey Mulligan in shimmering fish scales from Prada and channeling the evening’s muse, the Great Gatsby’s Carey Mulligan while Beyonce stole the show in sheer Givenchy.

Leon Max Hosts the Serpentine Summer Party

A few months later and over to London where designer Leon Max hosts London’s answer to the Met – a fundraiser for the Serpentine Gallery. There were three generations of Jaggers on parade, Bianca, Jade and Amba, shiny show ponies of rock n’ roll chic, a mild political scandal to talk about in the undulating shape of this year’s Pavilion designed by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, while model Erin O’Connor distracted in black, feathered Leon Max, as did Amber Le Bon with her Grecian chic.

London Olympics Closing Ceremony

There was another big bash in London town this summer – and this time everyone was invited. A global audience of billions tuned in to watch the creme de la creme of British music (and the Spice Girls) and the jeunesse doree of the model pack (Kate, Naomi, the Lilys, Donaldson and Cole, Jourdan, Stella et al) shake their stuff. This was legs phenomenal on parade. As well as Russell Brand popping up as a Willy Wonka-type leading the Magical Mystery Tour.

The British Fashion Awards

As Awards Ceremonies go this one had an IT moment. Stella McCartney rode out the Olympic wave and having designed Team GB’s outfits it was to universal acclaim that she stormed the podium to claim the designer brand award and the designer of the year award. But this year’s fash pack fiesta will go down in glossy history as the moment ‘The New Kate Moss’ was born – step-up young Cara Delevingne. Now, behave.

 Art Basel Miami

Actress Margo Stilley described this year’s Miami Art Basel in one succinct sentence: “There was a party for every thing, everywhere, every night with absolutely every single designer, artist, celebrity and collector you can possibly imagine and all looking better than a tear sheet from Vogue.” Sounds like that’s one art fair worth rsvp’ing to.  From the White Cube party where Owen Wilson rolled up his sleeves up and helped the bar staff to power playing at the Chanel dinner hosted by Dasha Zhukova and Wendi Murdoch where  Demi Moore arrived with a kitten and left with Vito Schnabel and the Hilton sisters bopped by Lenny Kravitz. After a week in Miami, sounds like you need a holiday.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

27/07/2012 10:12 PM

Pre-Olympics Partying in London

London is in social lockdown on day one of the Olympics. A fleet of super-yachts has sailed into the futuristic Docklands skyline of East London. The most fashionable is no doubt Microsoft man Paul Allen’s 414 ft Octopus – this is the boat that socialites jostle on to when it’s moored off Sardinia or St Barths. Stratford – where the Olympics are being held – well, that’s a whole different sort of vista. Nevertheless it’s been followed down the Thames by fellow Microsoft man Bill Gates’ boat, although the guest list on the Goygpus is more mover and shaker in the boardroom rather than the mover and shaker of the nightclub dancefloor. Despite the competition Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse is rumored to be only a matter of nautical miles away. But while Allen’s after party is one invite worth sharking for a host of landlocked parties are what is getting the city’s socials overexcited. Wednesday night at the Victoria and Albert Museum Muhammad Ali was feted at the Sports for Peace dinner with a host of our finest socials – Lady Victoria Hervey and Jemima Goldsmith – queueing to hang with Boris Becker and Bob Geldof. Or anyone interested in getting down with Warner Music’s coolest acts tonight when they throw what’s set to be the most fashion-focused bash of the week with a party in the Tanks, the newly opened space carved out underneath the Tate Modern gallery on Bankside. A host of the prettiest girls Bip Ling, Poppy Delevigne, Tallulah Harlech, and Sara Brajovic – will be getting tanked up in The Tanks. All the better for when they settle down to watch Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony extravaganza on the TV on Friday night (unless they’ve cadged a plus 1 from a visiting government minister, that is) – but then isn’t it (as everyone not invited is saying) – “made for TV anyway?”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

26/07/2012 3:46 PM

Illeana Hoffman’s Style Guide for the Olympics

Illeana Hoffman, contributing editor and travel writer for Travel Squire Magazine, shares with us her Olympic style guide.

For daytime causal at the games, she chooses the asymmetrical navy and white long sleeved tee, classic and sporty for the cooler days. For warmer days at the outdoor venues the choice is an effortlessly cute and easy-to-pack plaid dress.

A must have, Illeana packs the swing rain-jacket to protect herself from the ever-present London summer showers.

For evenings in the city, its the asymmetrical georgette blouse paired with black trousers for a chic mix and match look that can easily transition from day to cocktail. Lastly, every fashion gal needs a LBD that has easy evening elegance, Illeana’s choice is the Leon Max lace ballet dress.


25/07/2012 1:38 AM

Richard Dennen’s Top 5 London Hotspots

Tom’s Deli
226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
This is the best place to start the day – a delicious cooked breakfast or healthy snack from the most relaxed outpost of the Conran family’s restaurant empire.

The Hillgate
24 Hillgate Street London W8 7SR
This is the posh pub of the moment. Populated by the Beautiful People both behind and in front of the bar.

American Bar at The Savoy
The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU
If you feel like a sophisticated West End drink this is the place to go. During Prohibtion the best American bar staff headed here hence the name.

The Scotch of St James’
13 Mason’s Yard, London SW1
This is one of the trendiest clubs at the moment but has real rock history as Jimi Hendricks and the Stones both held famous gigs here.

The Box
11-12 Walker’s Court, W1
The London outpost of the famous New York boite was insane last year, packed full of the hottest girls and boys – while maybe not quite as achingly hip it’s still one of the most louche places to hang.