Why go to one fabulous party when you could go to two? Words to live by I feel. You’ve no doubt spied my previous posts on the Kate Spade New York Chelsea Flower show tea (slash cocktail) party, it’s become something of a stalwart signal that Spring is here for me and no doubt many others. That’s where my evening kicked off last Thursday.
Lilah Parsons, Deborah Lloyd & Martha Ward
Me & Martha
Decked out in a shimmering Kate Spade NY dress so darned pretty I was sorely tempted to pretend it got “lost” and could therefore not be returned to its rightful owners, I sped over to Chelsea where rain had not stopped play and the flower show was in full bloom. The Chelsea Flower show is always a sight to behold and fash brands with stores in the area tend to pull out all the stops. Kate Spade NY’s is always seriously good but this year they truly outdid themselves with a tropical display involving toucans and hot house beauties, winning them a well deserved “Best Floral Display” award. Inside, the place was packed with brightly dressed guests and things were showing no signs of finishing up at the designated hour. I grabbed a quick glass of champagne and a delectable rainforest cupcake and set about catching up with Co-Host Martha Ward. Despite how head over heels I was for my own frock, her print trousers and frilled fuchsia top gave me major wardrobe envy, this woman always has the best clothes. Evidently a stellar bunch had turned out to toast my beloved stateside export and I had a good old mingle with the likes of Antonia O’Brian, Lilah Parsons and Amber Atherton, as well as Kate Spade NY’s Creative Director and President, Deborah Lloyd who’s career, talent and life in general I’m permanently in awe of. All too soon, it was time to say my goodbyes and I scooped up Millie for a quick Itsu pit stop before heading on to party number two.
Me sans coat, carrying Roger Vivier’s Miss Viv bag… I’m OBSESSED!
While I was a little sad to be leaving Kate Spade NY’s tropicana paradise, I wasn’t sad for long as our next port of call was an event I won’t be forgetting any time soon. In celebration of the beginning of Summer (allegedly) and their adorable Miss Viv collection, Roger Vivier had decided to host an almost unbelievably stylish soirée at the chicest and – trying not to sound like an arse here but I know I will anyway – most exclusive club in Mayfair, LouLou’s.
Me & Ines de la Fressange
Inevitably there were about fifty other fash bashes going on in London that night but this, this was the place to be. Jungle fever was clearly not restricted to Sloane Square that evening as it was the theme of the night for Vivier too. LouLou’s had been bedecked in oversized foliage, lifesized giraffes and other decorations that made a lover of all things novelty like myself very happy indeed. The guest list was, of course, insane and a brilliant combination of fabulous people I wanted to ogle, and fabulous people I actually new and genuinely liked. We’re talking Caroline Sieber (former category, I won’t lie), Caroline Issa, Olivia Inge, Bip Ling, Paula Goldstein, Petra Palumbo, Otis Ferry, Kim Hersov, Tiphane de Lussy, Patrick Grant, Pippa Vosper, David Downton, Katie Hillier, Jazzy de Lisser… I could go on.
Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni & Ines de la Fressange
Otis Ferry & Josephine de la Baume
Caroline Issa (wearing THE BEST COAT EVER)
Gala Gordon, Clara Paget & Jazzy de Lisser
Me & Pippa Vosper
We drank, we danced to Josephine de la Baume, we mingled so hard we almost injured ourselves. I also got to meet and chat with Roger Vivier muse, ambassador and creative force, the ever elegant Inès de la Fressange. Inès is an icon, an inspiration and an incredibly intelligent, not to mention stylish woman and, I’ll be honest, I was slightly daunted but utterly determined to say hello. Of course, she was charm personified and chatting with her was the cherry on the top of a truly wonderful evening.
Love Ella. X