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