Visions of Loveliness

Astrid Muñoz, Elisa Sednaoui, And More Womanly Pulchritude at Tom Ford's London Dinner


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It's been a good few days to be Brit GQ editor Dylan Jones. On Thursday night, Prince Charles leads the cheerleading squad for the effort Jones has made on behalf of London Collections: Men. Then Tom Ford hymns Jones again in his remarks before the dinner he hosted last night at Richard Caring's 34 Restaurant to mark Day One of the collections. But it was mere seconds before Ford eased back into his silver-tongued devil default position, paying tribute to the female beauties in the room, the real reason, he claimed, that everything happens in his world. And what visions of loveliness they were. Charlotte Stockdale found a scintillating way to incorporate her host's wares into her look for the night, topping her Azzedine mini with a man's dinner jacket and white shirt, unbuttoned to bare a hint of black bra. "It's my man's bra," Ford joked appreciatively. At least, one assumes, he was joking, though his eye to a gap in the market is acute enough that it's possible the Moob Age has been giving him ideas. The designer also cast an appreciative eye over Lulu Kennedy's lace pajamas, just visible under her hot pink top coat (Jil Sander), and Madeline Weeks' sliver of slit rubber skirt from her new find, the House of Harlot. (She'd been on the brink of wearing the rubber dress she'd bought. Dommage! But at least that guarantees an impactful Next Time. And everywhere Ford looked, there was Elisa Sednaoui, Astrid Muñoz, Laura Bailey, Livia Firth, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Whitney Bromberg Hawkins.... What's a guy going to do in the face of all that womanly pulchritude? Well, if you're David Walliams (whose own gorgeous partner Lara Stone was otherwise detained on a shoot with Mert and Marcus), you perfect a bracingly polysexual line in dinner-party patter, with a little pitter on the host's rear end when he stood to speak. There's nothing sexier than a sense of humor, right?

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