An iconic American brand and the most legendary music studio in London, sounds like a recipe for a cracking party am I right!? When Ralph Lauren took over Abbey Road Studios for the night, a cracking one it most certainly was. Having unwillingly awoken at 3am UK time that morning to fly back from Athens (more on this coming soon!) a more sensible evening option would probably have been tucking myself up in bed with a cuppa than heading to North London for a fash bash. But then, I’m not particularly sensible by nature and for some reason still seem to believe I can bend time to my will, despite all evidence to the contrary. This is perhaps why I thought it would be totally feasible to book in a dress fitting at Ralph Lauren’s Bond St HQ two hours after landing. I was working on the assumption that there would be absolutely no traffic driving in to London (this has been the case NEVER) and everything else would go without a hitch. Unsurprisingly I was wrong and what ensued was a manic scramble through West London, answering emails, downing coffees and lamenting my foolish scheduling as I went, no doubt arriving at my appointment looking mildly deranged. But I wasn’t exactly about to pass up the opportunity for a dress fitting chez Ralph, or to party the night away in a venue after which The Beatles’ named their 1969 album!
Wearing Ralph Lauren head to toe & an Anne Bowes Jewellery bracelet
Some four (or was it five?) hours later, I had been rescued from my coffee stained, semi sleep deprived, scruff bag state by the most fabulous flamenco inspired, Ralph Lauren number and was northward bound to Abbey Road Studios. When the team from a more-than-major global fashion brand who have, just days before, hosted an unbelievably A List bash with Prince William are excited about a venue, you know it’s going to be pretty awesome. The second Millie and I entered the party, it was obvious that no one was exaggerating. The place hadn’t been transformed into a high fashion paradise but felt and looked, gratifyingly, much like it has always done; a very cool but unpretentious recording studios where some of the greatest songs ever made were born.
Left: Maisie Willis. Right: Martha Ward & Violet Henderson
Left: Clara Paget. Right: Tom Odell
Fan girl moment!
In case you’re wondering what the connection between Ralph Lauren and Abbey Road Studios is, they didn’t just choose the spot for their soirée because it’s kind of incredible and no brand has ever done so before. No, Ralph’s SS14 collection is all about the swinging sixties so it was in fact, a perfect collaboration. The party too wasn’t just an excuse for us all to dress up and drink champagne while grooving (sticking with the sixties theme, not that I don’t often use this word anyway) to to Spanish rock band Zeno and the Stoics. There was also a fashion show. Somewhere between fan girling Maisie Willis (Arya from Game of Thrones!!!) and catching up with Amber le Bon and Nat Weller, a line up of models appeared on the stairs and proceeded to strut their stuff in one of my fave Ralph Lauren collections to date. Seriously, those colour pop shift dresses and monochrome tailored minis… I die.
Me, Kim & a monochrome clad model
After the show, I bumped into Kim Hersov and we headed backstage to see the A-MAZING collection up close and, obviously, take a few selfies next to the recording equipment (technical term anyone?). All in all, a cracking evening as predicted and so worth forgoing an early night for!
Love Ella. X