17 posts tagged "Poppy Delevingne"
“Was that Jay Leno that just walked by?” asked Matthew Williamson, at launch of the Jaguar XJ at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square. Yes, it was. The die-hard car buff was there alongside Elle Macpherson, Rosamund Pike, Jefferson Hack, and David Gandy to introduce the very English and very sexy new car. Williamson continued the love affair with all things English and chatted about his return to LFW. “We were asked by [BFC chairman] Harold Tillman to come home to celebrate the 25th-year anniversary, and we thought it a great idea,” said Williamson. “Not to say that I won’t come back to New York. It’s a grass-is-greener situation. When I’m away from New York, I think there is no city cooler. But when I’m there, I yearn for London and all its quirkiness.” Williamson’s date, newly appointed Chanel beauty ambassador Poppy Delevingne, stayed true to her new bosses in Chanel makeup and black nail polish. The luxe maquillage was paired, however, with a full Topshop look, down to her feathered stilettos. “In this economic environment, it seems like the prudent thing to do. And it doesn’t really look like Topshop, does it?” said Delevingne before fluttering off to the Serpentine Summer Party. There, she and her high street look were joined by a thoroughly stylish crew: Thandie Newton, Mario Testino, Jade Jagger with mom Bianca in tow, Damien Hirst, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lily Collins, Pharrell Williams, Charlotte Dellal, and J.K. Rowling, who wore seven-inch gold Louboutins and magically dodged questions about her new look. Also cagey was model Erin O’Connor. “I am working on a book that I’m very excited about,” she confided, but remained schtum on the details. Well, considering the current state of celebrity affairs, we’ll take evasion over TMI.
I know a few women who say they prefer couture to ready-to-wear because of the lack of frenzy and excitement. But really, it’s all about the alcohol and free food. Back on Monday, Dior invited guests downstairs into John Galliano’s mirrored studio under the salon where he had just debuted his collection. Marion Cotillard hovered by the food and wondered if it was too early in the day to hit the bubbly. Of course it wasn’t. Yesterday, Riccardo Tisci welcomed a whole slew of well-wishers and Champagne sippers to a little tent backstage after Givenchy. His muse, Mariacarla Boscono, held court with Luigi Murenu, while Natasha Poly and Lara Stone asked for creams and bleach to get the black out of their hair. But the most decadent post-show affair was provided by Karl Lagerfeld. There’s always a major crush to see the designer, and the pushy guards have a lot of crowd control on their hands. This time he served drinks and food so that patient types like Fabiola Beracasa and Tallulah Harlech were able to watch the post-show mania with a cocktail while Isabel Lucas, Mario Testino, and Élodie Bouchez made their way through the crush to congratulate the Kaiser. “I think all the designers should do this after every show,” Poppy Delevingne declared. I don’t think she’d find many who would argue with her.
Chanel should’ve put out an announcement on the Upper East Side: “Please steer clear of La Goulue on Tuesday evening.” The Madison Avenue restaurant, which was reportedly going to shutter this week, was taken over by the French fashion house to announce its new beauty ambassador program, and the resulting crush caused some dismay among the stroller-pushing locals. The It girls-cum-ambassadors in question? Jen Brill, Poppy Delevingne, Vanessa Traina, Leigh Lezark, and Caroline Sieber—a total of five, which lest we forget was Mademoiselle’s favorite number. And their rabble-rousing friends? Chloë Sevigny, Sean Avery, Josephine de la Baume, and Amanda Brooks, among others, most of whom spilled out onto the sidewalk gossiping, smoking, and quaffing Champagne. “I’d just like to point out that before we came here this place was supposed to shut down,” Lezark said, noting that La Goulue received a reprieve from its landlord that will leave it open throughout the summer. “But then, that’s the power of Coco.” Indeed, nearly all of the partygoers were decked out in the double Cs. Well, except one: Alexa Chung. After a long day of working on her MTV show, she didn’t have time to put on her borrowed goods and opted for an H&M shift dress. “But with Chanel shoes, and they’re real!” she pointed out. “Oh no, did I mess up on my first Chanel party in this town?” Safe to say the new Williamsburg resident didn’t ruffle any feathers. La Goulue’s days may be numbered, but there are no doubt many more Chanel fêtes in Chung’s future.
After putting together a photography show focused on large-scale architecture, Douglas Friedman was looking for a new subject when about a month ago, an idea dawned on him. Well, maybe not dawned—more like sat on his lap, shimmied, and swung pasties in his face. “After big buildings, I thought I’d do big boobs,” said Friedman. And big they were. The pictures of contemporary burlesque stars Bambi the Mermaid, Dirty Martini, Jo Boobs, and Dr. Lucky that are currently lining the walls of Ruffian’s Garment District studio were taken at the downtown club Santos Party House at a tribute show to the late legendary dancer Liz Renay. Joining the photographer at last night’s opening were Anne McNally, Sophia Hesketh, Poppy Delevingne, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, the last of whom was a little embarrassed that her own ensemble resembled one of the outfits in the pictures. “Is it weird that I have that outfit?” she asked, pointing to the Dirty Martini series. “I guess what I’m wearing is really appropriate—I love a theme.” But the photographs weren’t for everyone. “My dad came in and the first thing he said was that all the pictures were out of focus,” Friedman laughed.
You might think that Jen Brill and Poppy Delevingne, who wore the same Chanel chiffon cocktail frock to the fashion house’s dinner for the Tribeca Film Festival at the Odeon last night, would’ve avoided each other, but we snapped them looking particularly chummy. “I think it’s kind of fun,” said Jen Brill. “It’s not like it looks the same on us.” Delevingne was similarly plucky about it: “She looks much hipper, much more downtown. I look like Audrey Freakin’ Hepburn with this chignon.” Indeed, though they were in the same dress, the results were decidedly different: Delevingne was uptown girl sophistication, while Brill decked hers out with a flannel-trimmed Chanel jacket. So who would Brill have been to Delevingne’s Hepburn? “Someone said Tina Chow, which I’ll take,” Brill offered. “She was iconic.”
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