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.
Last Thursday night was unreservedly iconic. The opening of Atlantis at Palm Jumeirah was filled with elegance, glamour, and a dazzling display of what happens in the crazy collision of East meets West with unbounded imagination, passion, and budget. The evening began with yours truly doing the cocktail set, which was attended by HH Sheikh Maktoum, Michael Jordan, Robert De Niro, Sir Richard Branson, Charlize Theron, Wesley Snipes, Matthew Williamson, Naeem and Ranjana Khan, Tim Jeffries, Jade Jagger, Mary-Kate Olsen, Gerard Butler, Tom Silverman, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Mischa Barton, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam, Mehmet Oz, Colin Cowie, Stuart Brownstein, Kylie Minogue, Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Trini Woodall, Denise Rich, Lindsay Lohan, Sam Ronson, Ann Dexter-Jones, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Julien Macdonald, and of course, our hosts, Sol Kerzner and the very gracious Kerzner family. Continue Reading “Postcard From Dubai: Donna D’Cruz Reports From Atlantis” »
Downing Street’s henchmen (i.e., press people) staged their Monday night cocktail event with such tight reigns that even the designers weren’t allowed to bring a guest. So how did Julien Macdonald smuggle in his parents? Perhaps underneath the huge Union Jack he was cloaked in.