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If The Shoe Fits…

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The Savile Club is one of London’s most elegant venues, where Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, and W.B. Yeats used to gather to drink and dine. Last night’s crowd was, if not quite as illustrious, perhaps a tad more sartorially distinguished. Charlotte Dellal (pictured) assembled family and friends for a celebration of her new Mayfair Charlotte Olympia shop. Rosamund Pike, Alice Temperley, Astrid Muçoz, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and Ben Grimes all made appearances, as did many members of the Dellal clan: sister Alice, his girlfriend Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, father Guy, and mom Andrea, the last of whom (in enviable shape for a mother of four, and a new grandmother) wore a see-through houndstooth blouse.

If the guests were worn down from their LFW exertions, they didn’t show it. Elizabeth Saltzman Walker did wonder whether she could make it through the night without falling over, but there were plenty of catwalkers around if she needed any pointers. Earlier that day, Grimes had taken to the Pam Hogg runway wearing a Hannibal Lecter-eque mouth guard, and Dellal took her turn topless, dressed like a deer, and banging on a drum. All in all, it was a fairy-tale dinner, with a better-than-fairy-tale ending: a gift of a scarf, a new pair of Charlotte Olympias, and a stunning Perspex minaudière. “The shoes fit!” exclaimed Fiona Golfer, a contributing editor to British Vogue, easing her way down the velvet staircase. “Now I really feel like a Cinderella.”

Photo: Staff

Ash Cloud Or Not, The Acne Party Must Go On

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Contingency plans in case of volcanic eruption are scarcely the stuff of everyday life in London, but events in Iceland inspired knock-on ingenuity as airports across northern Europe were closed by a drifting ash cloud yesterday. Harrods fashion director Marigay McKee mentioned a friend who’d hailed a black cab outside Heathrow to get him to his skiiing holiday in Salzburg on time. (That’s a two-day drive, BTW.) She was co-hosting a party to celebrate the opening of a new Acne boutique in Harrods with Acne CEO Mikael Schiller. He’d flown in from Sweden just ahead of the cloud, but the rest of the Acne team weren’t so lucky; they stayed stranded in Stockholm. Still, the party at the boutique and the dinner afterward at Mr. Chow didn’t disappoint. Schiller declared that an in-store in Harrods fulfilled a longtime ambition for the little company that could. (He also remembered an earlier moment in Acne’s relationship with the retailer, when they had to come up with a convincing acronym to explain why the company was named, to English ears at least, after a pimple.) Sarah Mower, Gabriele Hackworthy, model-turned-designer Ben Grimes, Acne Film’s Rikard Svensson, Acne Paper‘s Duncan Campbell, and Acne communications director Anthony Kendal’s posse of Australian billionairesses helped fête guest of honor Husam El Odeh, the London artisan whose jewelry is one of the city’s small, seductive pleasures. He has created little shields of silver for the thighs, knees, calves, and back pockets of a pair of Acne jeans. Tron-like articulation is right on trend with the movie remake on its way, but the notion of any added protection may prove equally timely if Eyjafjallajökull continues to blow.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne

She May Be A Jagger, But She’s Feeling G’N'R

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Take it from newly minted denim guru Georgia May Jagger: It’s all about a great cut. The face of Hudson Jeans has, as you can imagine, been in more than a few pairs of late, and the secret, she says, is “they have to fit like a glove, and to be the best cut for your body because different people look good in different styles.” A bunch of those “different people” came out last night to be tailor-measured for that ideal fit, courtesy of Hudson and one of its key stockists, London denim mecca Trilogy Jeans. Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, Liberty Ross, Bond girl Gemma Arterton, Ben Grimes, and Jasmine Guinness all lined up to get theirs, and left happy. Jagger wasn’t on premises, sadly—a school exam stood in the way, reminding us that even the most fabulous aren’t exempt from homework—but she did speak to Style.com to vouch a few opinions. “They go with anything,” she said of the Hudson range. “And the fabric is really great quality, so they will last forever and fade beautifully.” Her pick of the litter? “I really like black skinny jeans, and the lace-up in the back [pictured on Georgia, above] is very rock ‘n’ roll; reminds me of Guns N’ Roses—they always rocked lace-up trousers.” No word on what Dad thinks of her taste in bands.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Jeans

LP.BG’s Working Muse

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What, exactly, does a muse do? According to Lilly Parker, who co-designs new label LP.BG with model and former Richard Nicoll muse Ben Grimes, it’s hard to say. “Ben would be in the studio all the time, saying ‘Yes, no, not like that, no, like this…’” recalls Parker, who met Grimes when she worked as Nicoll’s studio manager. “I think that’s about it, really.” At any rate, Grimes knew what she liked—and she and Parker turned out to like a lot of the same things. “We have a different approach,” says Parker of the design of the London-based LP.BG, which marked its sophomore season with Fall ’09. “I have a big tailoring background, and I’m especially focused on making garments that are really beautifully crafted, like in the way that they’re lined and seamed,” Parker notes, gesturing to a pair of deceptively simple high-waist trousers. But she and Grimes are of one mind when it comes to the inspirations behind their collections. “This season we were really inspired by these photographs of Kurdish women,” explains Parker. “That’s why you see so much belting, and all the quilted fabrics and velvet. But we wanted to bring that together with a seventies sensibility, in terms of tailoring.” To wit: One of the standout pieces from the LP.BG Fall collection, a long-sleeved velvet jumpsuit with a sleek line, a subtle strong shoulder, and an easy drape. “We designed the shoulders to come straight up, so it’s not boxy or eighties at all,” says Parker. Yes, as Grimes might say, like that.

Photo: Courtesy of LP.BG

PYTs Kick Off LFW

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London has been in an uncharacteristic slumber for the past few months, and all that pent up demand for action and partying exploded at the Lacoste VIP Trunk show at Claridge’s Saturday afternoon. An A-list of new generation stars—Daisy Lowe, Amber Le Bon (daughter of Duran Duran’s Simon), Pixie Geldof, Olga Kurylenko, and Rosamund Pike—clinked champagne glasses while bedraggled fashion journos from New York checked into the hotel for the kick-off to London Fashion Week. So what is everyone looking forward to this week? Model and budding designer Ben Grimes, Richard Nicoll’s muse, had an answer: “Definitely Julien Macdonald. There are so many exciting things going on in his company, and everybody is dying to see how it will all translate. With what is going on in the economy, he just represents hope.” Cheers.