"London Takes Cool to a Different Place"
A Packed London Party Circuit to Impress Any Observer—Even a Frenchman
Kenzo, a French brand, teamed up with Olivier Zahm, a Frenchman, to celebrate its debut on English soil. Pourquoi? "We've known Olivier for years now, and it seemed like a good time to throw a party together," shrugged Humberto Leon, Kenzo's co-creative director. All in attendance at Liberty for the bash—including Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Henry Holland, and Lulu Kennedy as well as the Kenzo co-designers and Zahm himself—seemed inclined to celebrate Britannia's charms. "I just saw Burberry and I loved all the shiny blue stuff—Christopher Bailey is a creative genius," Zahm said. "There are lots of them in London." And so he trundled off to a celebratory dinner with a few of them, including Alice Temperley, Charlotte Dellal, Jefferson Hack, and Nicholas Kirkwood (wearing a pair of his own stilettos).
Zahm wasn't the only one heaping praise on the Brits. Over at the Serpentine, the Future Contemporaries party hosted by Diesel and Paris (there it is again!) super-club Silencio welcomed the likes of Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne, and Alison Mosshart (in matching dip-dyed hair and inseparable the entire night), Liberty Ross, Amber Le Bon, Tali Lennox, Mario Testino, and Princess Eugenie to the one-night-only pop-up of the buzzed-about Parisian club designed by David Lynch. "The French wish they were as crazy as the English," commented Silencio's Arnaud Frisch as the crowd went mental over a set played by the Kills. "But we are more restrained. London takes cool to a different place; they are so switched on with theater, art, and music. Incroyable."
And London culture swings high and low—or maybe that should be fast and slow. Fast-fashion megabrand Topshop celebrated its new collaboration with J.W. Anderson. Fast the fashion, and fast to sell out, no doubt. Meanwhile, slow-and-steady English heritage brand Smythson celebrated its centennial-plus—125 years, to be exact—with a tony crowd that included SamCam, Princess Tatiana of Greece, Eva Herzigova, and a performance by Bryan Ferry.