Dinner for a Crowd
In London, Parties for Rag & Bone and Issa
Rag & Bone's triumphant homecoming honored all sorts of great British traditions, launching with a new Brit-inflected ad campaign starring Kate Moss (a great British tradition all in herself) and ending with a rave at the legendary Annabel's, allegedly—according to the evening's co-host Jefferson Hack—the only nightclub the Queen herself has ever patronized. Heaping icon on icon, the party featured a very unplugged performance by Boy George and a DJ set from Thom Yorke, who took the heaving crowd on a journey from abstract dub to techno throb, all the time dancing harder and faster behind the decks than almost anyone out on the floor, the exceptions being David Neville and wife Gucci Westman. Fulsome in their pre-dinner thank-yous, Neville and Marcus Wainwright sweetly reserved their deepest gratitude for their parents, who were in da house. A reminder, as if one were needed, what well brought-up English boys the Rag & Boners truly are.
But there may have been no smile bigger in London last night than Daniella Issa Helayel's, who, on the heels of her show, dined with family and friends at the newly opened LouLou's private club in Mayfair. Still on honeymoon from "that dress"—the royal blue number Kate Middleton wore in 2010 to announce her engagement to what's-his-name, the brand is on a a roll: Camilla Al Fayed bought a majority stake in 2011, and the ka-ching factor is through the roof. Good vibes bounced around at the dinner, where guests included Eugenie Niarchos, Dasha Zhukova, Charlotte Dellal, Sophia Hesketh, and a newly engaged Tatiana Santo Domingo (to Andrea Casiraghi, second in line to the principality of Monaco, no less). Then there was a surprise appearance by Mohamed Al Fayed, dressed in his Sunday best, politely offering congrats to his daughter and Helayel. When asked how much she contributed to the design process, Camilla was in modesty mode: "Well, I let Daniella do her thing; she is really tapped into what women want. Sometimes I will do a little fine-tuning, but mostly, I am focused on the business angle and that is challenging enough. But it's definitely a journey to work with someone as creative as Daniella."