Parties

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED Presents Karin Park

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED presents Karin Park

Picking up where we left off last Thursday evening, after chatting with Garance Dore over watermelon cocktails at Kate Spade’s Covent Garden store I battled the crowds on Regent Street (not much fun in 30 degree weather and 6 inch heels) to make for party number two. Swarovski¬†Crystallized tend to pick pretty impressive ladies to star in their campaigns and this season is certainly no exception. The brand enlisted Scandinavia’s hottest new musical talent, Karin Park as their face of AW12 and invited a bunch of us along to the Swarovski Crystallized lounge to celebrate.

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Garance Dore for Kate Spade Launch

Garance Dore for Kate Spade

In theory the fashion industry shuts down during August, or at least that’s what I’d been led to believe. I don’t know whether it’s the Olympics, the fact fashion week’s coming early this year (thank you Milan!) or simply because I’ve got busier but from where I’m sitting, the past few weeks have been no less manic than usual. Not that I’m complaining of course, few things make me happier than trotting from party to party leaving a trail of emptied champagne glasses, business cards and twitpics in my wake. Last Thursday played host to some extremely stylish soirees, and I know I say this most weeks but frankly, it’s true. First on the party agenda was the launch of the much-anticipated Garance Dor√© for Kate Spade collection.

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An Evening to Celebrate British Fashion at Harvey Nichols

After a brief meet n’ greet at the Diesel bash I was back on the Piccadilly line and off to party number two, an evening to celebrate British fashion at Harvey Nichols. Over the past two years I’ve been lucky enough to attend some fairly fabulous events but I have to say, this was a pretty spectacular one. Harvey Nichols’ entire 5th floor restaurant had been taken over for the occasion and immaculately uniformed waiters circulated proffering lethally strong (but very pretty) cocktails and delectable canapes.

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Diesel Covent Garden Store Launch Party

Diesel

Apparently Tuesday is now the new Thursday, which of course was the new Friday… Until Tuesday took over, confused? I know I was when someone shared these pearls of wisdom with me. Not least because, from where I’m sitting, Thursday nights still seem pretty party heavy. Last week I was, once again, back in my 6 inchers and off on the fash bash rounds, kicking things off with the Diesel Covent Garden store launch.

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Karl Lagerfeld X Selfridges Rooftop Party

Much as I’d love to claim that I’m one of those people who just doesn’t get star struck, that would be a complete and utter lie. Whenever I meet someone who’s work/life/style I’ve long since admired, I inevitably find myself knock kneed, sweaty palmed and unable to think of anything remotely intelligent to say. So as you can imagine, the prospect of meeting the one and only Karl Lagerfeld left me giddy with excitement and nerves for days. The white haired, one gloved wonder is undoubtedly one of the most revered figues in the industry, as proved by the fact that London’s fashion elite flocked to Selfridges rooftop terrace in his honour last night… And happily waited 2 hours for Karl to arrive.

Karl Lagerfeld X Selfridges

After battling our way up Bond Street in the swealtering heat (glamourous, non?) we arrived at Selfridges to be ushered through the crowds into a cordened off lift which took us up to the rooftop terrace which has been given a complete Karl-over. Walls, boards, seats, Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic image was plastered on everything as far as the eye could see. I particularly loved the black and white (natch) Karl flags flying majestically from the chimneys. The champagne was flowing, caviar and tasty lobster bites being proffered around by uniformed waiters and as for my fellow guests… Think Daphne Guinness, Rosario Dawson, Hilary Alexander, Suzy Menkes, Poppy Delevigne, Edie Campbell and just about every magazine editor in town. Several hours and countless glasses of champagne later, we were informed that Karl had entered the building and the sheer excitement among a group of such innately cool and influential fashion insiders was amazing to see. As you’ve probably gathered, this was party was pretty spectacular and not an evening I’ll forget anytime soon. A couple of snaps of well dressed guests just wouldn’t do it justice so I thought I’d share this behind-the-scenes video with you instead, enjoy!

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