Spin Control

A pair of parties—and a pair of DJs—draw the crowds after the Brit Awards


Mark Ronson and Joséphine de la Baume   
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After last night's Brit Awards, the English equivalent of the Grammys, it felt only right that the competition should continue with a pair of dueling after-parties—and dueling DJs. Three Six Zero and Roc Nation set Calvin Harris behind the decks, the current challenger for Mark Ronson's title of London's Favorite DJ. Looking on were Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah,, Noel Gallagher, Alexa Chung, and double-winner Emeli Sandé, scarcely recovered from her good luck. "I am beyond happy," the singer said. "I can't even properly describe how I am feeling—to be honest, I am not sure if I am breathing!"

Over at the Savoy Parlour Room, Warner Music, Samsung, and Vanity Fair teamed up for a bash spun by—who else?—Ronson himself. A combo celeb-fashion crowd poured in—Kate Hudson, Joss Stone, Arizona Muse, Kristen McMenamy, Anouck Lepere, et al.—and the lot went into a frenzy when Fun. performed live. (As for the reaction when One Direction's Harry Styles entered the fray, there's really no word but overdrive.) Kate Hudson was all smiles, despite the fact that husband and Brit nominee Matt Bellamy had left the awards without one of the Damien Hirst-designed spotty gongs. But she still had plenty to dance (on the banquettes) about. Could those neon stilettos she was wearing really be comfortable for that kind of exertion? "I have never been more comfortable in life," she said. "Not just the shoes, but everything."

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