The Party Never Stops
A concert film for the Kills and Belstaff and Tom Ford openings keep London up late
"I'm so nervous. I feel like I'm about to go onstage." So commented Alison Mosshart, vocalist extraordinaire of the Kills, at last night's party at the Village Underground given by the brand Equipment. Mosshart's partner, Jamie Hince, looked on wryly as she spoke. "I have to keep reminding myself," Mosshart continued, catching Hince's eye, "that I've actually already played this gig." The subject of Mosshart's rumination, and Hince's deadpan, was Paris Spleen, a film of an epic, sold-out Kills show played at Paris' legendary venue L'Olympia two years ago. Courtesy of Equipment, in whose campaign Mosshart and Hince currently star, the movie was being screened at the party for the first time. A glam fashion week crowd filed into the East London space as Mosshart explained the film's genesis: At the last minute, having realized that their L'Olympia concerts stood to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event, Mosshart and Hince scrambled to find a film crew and to convince the L'Olympia proprietors to let them shoot. Which they accomplished—and then, after all that effort, Mosshart said, she and Hince left the footage to languish on a shelf. "It's really expensive to finish a movie—the editing, the sound mixing, whatever. I figured," she went on, "it would be stuff we'd look at in twenty years and think, oh how amazing." But then someone at Equipment got wind of the situation and offered to pony up. "We have no idea how they found out about it, frankly," noted Hince.
But they did, and pals such as Leigh Lezark and Zoë Kravitz were on hand to support the Paris Spleen debut. As for new Kills material, Mosshart and Hince let slip that some may soon be forthcoming. "It's such a process, you can't really give a date," Mosshart said. "But we will be playing a gig—a real one!—in New York in December."
In Mayfair, Belstaff fêted the opening of its new flagship with motorcycles and one Mr. David Beckham—announced last night as the house's latest spokesperson. "I'm busier now than when I was playing football," said Beckham. "Obviously I'm spending a lot more time with the kids, but I'm involved with all these other projects." He noted that he was excited to join Belstaff because of its "historical" English roots, and "because Steve McQueen was one of the first people to be a part of it."
Despite the rain, those above-mentioned bikes paraded through a shut-and-spotlit Bond Street, ripping past with guttural exhaust befitting of both their vintage era and Belstaff's latest collections of ribbed jeans and greased-up leather perfectos. Just the day prior, Beckham shot the label's Spring '14 campaign with Peter Lindbergh on the outskirts of London. "It was one of the best shoots I've ever done—I didn't want it to stop."
Less than 24 hours before his show, Tom Ford celebrated the opening of his own London flagship. On the guest list: Daphne Guinness, Daisy Lowe, Paloma Faith, and Jodie Kidd, all naturally decked head to toe in Ford's Fall collection.