As I mentioned in my most recent outfit post, last Wednesday I attended an incredible event at The Saatchi Gallery. While I had vowed to forsake parties this term in favour of early nights and mornings in the library, when an invitation from Roger Vivier Creative Director, Bruno Frissoni and legendary fashion icon, Ines de la Fressange lands on your doorstep only an idiot would ignore it. I have to admit that after opening mine I did a little dance of glee around the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong a lot of the do’s I go to are fabulous, fun or both (yay) but I had a sneaking suspicion this one would really be something to remember. And uess what? It was.
For some inexplicable reason I always seem to leave sorting out my ensemble for events right until the very last minute. Generally speaking I’m organised to the point of being very annoying and won’t pretend not to be the kind of girl who plans her fashion week outfits months in advance… I even own a specific fashion week rail that takes pride of place in my bedroom twice a year. But while fashion month demands your attention from the second you submit your press accreditation application aeons before it arrives, a mid week soiree can creep up on you. With far more luck than I deserved my Matthew Williamson frock and Roger Vivier clutch were delivered just in time and, joy of joys, they fit like a glove and went perfectly. Feeling incredibly glam and wishing I could dress like that every day, I headed in the direction of Chelsea.
After grabbing a quick drink at a nearby bar (we were worried about being “unfashionably early”) my party pal, Anna Hart and I made our way into the gallery to find the place already packed with more famous fashion faces than you could could shake a stiletto at. While having my picture taken by the Roger Vivier branded board I noticed that next in line for a snap was none other than Jerry Hall looking impossibly beautiful in a slinky scarlet number. Once inside and with a cocktail in hand I realised that this was going to be my very favourite kind of party with fellow guests including the perfect combination of fashion friends and serious A-Listers. In between reminiscing on Rimini with Tali Lennox who was playing DJ for the night and drinking more elderflower martinis than anyone should legally be allowed to consume in an evening I spotted everyone from Jasmine Guinness and Guy Pelly to Camilla Rutherford, David Gandy and Marie Helvin.
As you’ve probably gathered from my instagram feed, I’m a HUGE Roger Vivier fan so being in a space filled with portraits of the brand’s most iconic shoes surrounded by beautiful people wearing their current creations was heaven. All in all, it was a perfect evening and if anyone reading this has a whopping great budget and an urge to throw a party I implore them to do it at the Saatchi Gallery.
Love Ella. X