“Donatella Versace gives the best parties on the face of this Earth,” said Mariah Carey at the designer’s dinner party Monday to mark the reopening of the company’s Sloane Street store. It was a welcome night off for Carey, who admitted her London trip has been all work and no play. “I’ve done nothing but promote this album 24 hours a day,” she said, referring to her latest CD, “The Emancipation of Mimi.”
Dinner guests, including Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Hurley, Jade Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Trudie Styler, Manolo Blahnik and Marie Chantal and Pavlos of Greece, crowded into Locanda Locatelli to dine on ravioli with caviar and dance in the aisles to tunes from DJ Nathan Gregory Wilkins. The dinner followed cocktails in the store that drew the likes of Sheryl Crow, Brittany Murphy, Joan Collins, Avery Agnelli, Vivienne Westwood, Tracey Emin, Francesca Versace, Sheherazade Goldsmith and Rupert Everett.
The next night, it was time to fete Patrick Cox, who marked his 20th anniversary in the footwear field with a dinner at the new Berkeley Nobu for 100 friends, including Hurley, Everett, Emin, Blahnik, Isabella Blow, Sam Taylor Wood, Jeremy Sheffield and Camilla Al Fayed.
Cox’s friend, the Paris perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, even created a limited-edition scent, Patrick Cox XX, to mark the event. “He phoned me up and asked me what smells I liked,” said Cox. “I said, ‘Sex, old books and fresh bread,’ and he just did it.”