As you might remember, a couple of months ago I hosted an event for Karen Millen in their Regents Street store. Besides being a fun project to work on – I do love playing hostess with the mostess – working with them was a very interesting experience for me as there are some pretty big changes afoot at the brand. Having faded somewhat from the fashion fore in recent years, Karen Millen has spent the past 18 months evolving to become the kind of label that, known equally for the quality and contemporary cool aesthetic of its designs, appeals to fashion insiders, brand loyalists and a new generation of high end high street consumers. Not dissimilar to what Whistles has done so successfully in recent years but on a rather larger scale perhaps as with boutiques everywhere from Denmark to Dubai, Karen Millen is very much a global brand. Recent months have seen flagships open in London’s Knightsbridge and New York’s 5th Avenue and in celebration Karen Millen enlisted a coterie of female creatives to create a short film called “No More Tiaras”. Of course, that celebration deserved its own celebration so last week Karen Millen took over Shrimpys, a super chic Mexican restaurant in a former filling station to throw and intimate supper party. And so, on a blustery evening last week I slipped into an outfit that was wholly inappropriate for the weather but so cute and colourful I didn’t care, and headed to Kings Cross where wining, dining and excellent company awaited.
Stephanie La Cava, Adwoa Aboah & Valentine Fillol-Cordier
Me, Lilah & Amber
Grazia Senior Fashion News & Features Editor, Kathering Ormerod & Stephanie LaCava
We arrived to be greeted with canal side cocktails and I promptly installed myself on a table with Lilah Parsons, Amber Le Bon and Olivia Grant to discuss the awesomeness of Miley’s Bangerz show the night before and how much warmer one feels when wearing a bra. I’m not entirely sure how that conversation arose but it did and for some reason it’s stuck in my mind so there you go! Other guests included Paula Goldstein, Tolula Adeyemi, Amber Atherton, Dominic Jones, Harmony Boucher and Betty Adewole, as well as the ladies involved in the film and a selection of London editors and journos. Fabulous though great big, hundred-plus-people bashes can be, sometimes an intimate dinner where you can really chat and relax is exactly what you need and Karen Millen’s ‘No More Tiaras’ supper party was just that.
Strangely, I’ve never really eaten Mexican before and after the Shrimpys experience can tell you I’ll most definitely be eating it again! Kicking off with sea sass and squid cerviche, jicama & orange salad and beef tostada served family style, we munched on a feast of swordfish, fried chicken, corn on the cob, spicy sides, corn croquetas and padron peppers. What with the banana & peanut butter sandwiches (!!), ricotta hot cakes and dulce de leche served for dessert, afterwards I pretty much ended up waddling to my car!
Of course the evening also afforded us a sneak peek at ‘No More Tiaras’ the film! Directed by Mary Nighy, styled by Valentine Fillol Cordier and starring illustrator, Langley Fox Hemmingway, screenwriter/actress Dylan Penn, actress/model Adwoa Aboa and writer Stephanie LaCava, it’s well worth a watch. Check it out below…
Thank you Karen Millen for a wonderful evening!
Love Ella. X