10 posts tagged "Jacquetta Wheeler"
Last night in London, there was no shortage of parties—from private dinners to Natalia Vodianova’s star-studded Love Ball—so count it as a testament to how beloved Alice Temperley is that her Alice in Wonderland-themed fête at Selfridges was still a mob scene, with friends and fans doing their best to get down the rabbit hole. That is, through the PR checkpoint at the door.
Those that did make it inside, to the checkerboard floor, red velvet curtains, and hookah-pipe-smoking caterpillar, counted themselves alongside Courtney Love, Slash, Jade Jagger, Alice Dellal, a newly redheaded Trinny Woodall, and Jasmine Guinness. Whether it was the influence of Slash and Love (who gave a particularly hallucinatory impromptu acoustic performance, pictured) or the Mad Hatter fancy-dress theme, it was the rowdiest crowd LFW has seen this season. But for all the antics, the reason for celebration was still front and center: Temperley’s new secondary Alice line. “I love everything about the new line, especially the striped shorts and all the stripey jumpers. They are so easy to throw on and wear, but with an edge to it, a real kick,” Jacquetta Wheeler told us. “But more importantly, I love Alice. I count her in as one of my closest friends.”
Says noted anthropologist Jacquetta Wheeler: “Moroccans by nature love to party. So give them a real reason to celebrate and a budget, and we’ve got a show on our hands.” She wasn’t kidding. No expense was spared and no partygoer—a roll that included Wheeler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, and Adrien Brody—disappointed at the weekend reopening of La Mamounia, Marrakech’s legendary hotel. (Just getting those celebs to northern Africa must’ve cost a small fortune.) The entertainment included opera singer José Carreras (Gwynnie’s favorite part) and a Cirque du Soleil spectacle that involved a contortionist, feathered exotic dancers, fire-eaters, and men wrapped in Christmas lights running up and down the sides of the hotel (Aniston’s fave), but with a crowd this multitalented, no surprise that the guests tried their hand at performing, too. Every night ended at the leopard-heavy downstairs lounge, the Churchill Bar, where Daria Werbowy, Matthew Williamson, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Carine Roitfeld belted out everything from Grease show tunes to Sarah McLaughlin. “Leopard carpet, cognac, and a piano? I think I found my new favorite bar ever,” Werbowy said. Next stop, Moroccan Idol?
Indie fashion magazines might not be making buckets and buckets of money from advertising in this recession, but they sure are familiar with buckets of ice and Champagne. This week has seen swanky fêtes for Purple magazine, Another Magazine, V Magazine, and Pop, each of them decadent in different ways. So there was a certain relief in knowing that Wednesday night’s fête for Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild’s Last Magazine, which was co-hosted by current cover girl Lily Donaldson and Starworks, was the final mag fête of the New York collections. Like the other parties, the turnout was good: Sienna Miller, Audrey Tautou, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lisa Cant, Cat Deeley, Jack Huston, Devon Aoki, Erin Wasson, Jonny Lee Miller, and Caroline Winberg all swung by the festivities, which included a performance from Lykke Li. And like any good downtown rager, the police came to break it up.
The moments leading to Glastonbury were hardly feel-good ones: There was the news, of course, about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, and to make matters worse, the weather report was among the bleakest I’ve ever seen. According to the trusted meteorologists at Weather.com, the English countryside would be stormy and wet all weekend. Happily, they got it wrong. It was mucky at Lady Gaga (which was why the pop princess paired her red patent-leather bustier with Wellington boots, presumably); but that was about as wet as it got. No showers at Neil Young (just Olympia Scarry on a friend’s shoulders) and no mudslides at Kasabian (the band that Lily Donaldson introduced me to after she met them on a Burberry campaign shoot). The stars even came out at Bruce Springsteen’s headlining gig on Saturday night—the weekend was a dream. That’s Kaya Scodelario, from hit Brit drama Skins, in the middle, soaking up her own rays outside the hospitality tent, where she was a guest of Lacoste. Jacquetta Wheeler showed up on Saturday in a tizzy: She’d come straight from a job in the Catskills and was recovering from a layover that she said was one of the most annoying delays of her life. Alice Temperley‘s double-decker bus was our home base. It’s where my first—but hopefully not my last—Glastonbury ended just as it began: with a glass of hot cider and a touch of rum in my hand. For more pictures from the festival, click here.
Mulberry’s annual fashion week bash Monday night was particularly crowded this year, seeing as some guests arrived in the capacious headgear they’d sported earlier in the evening for Stephen Jones’ exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Waiters in polyester gym shorts—back this year by popular demand—handed out apple martinis to Jacquetta Wheeler, Poppy Delevingne, Sara Buys (Camilla’s daughter-in-law, for those of you not up on your royals), and other guests mingling among the leather at the New Bond Street flagship. Mulberry shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey, looking relaxed after a full schedule of previews, was still talking about a recent photo of Leigh Lezark—snapped at Christopher Kane‘s after-party—in shoes from his latest collection. “She is soooo beautiful,” he said dreamily. “It’s just too bad,” he added about the photo, “because no one is looking at her feet.”
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