Anna Wintour and Alexandra Shulman feted British designers Friday night in London to the tunes of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. Guests at the cocktail party at Luciano in St. James’ included Sienna Miller, Renée Zellweger, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Bailey, Camilla Al-Fayed and Tamara Mellon. They nibbled on baby lamb chops, tiny portions of risotto and bread sticks wrapped in prosciutto in rooms the Vogue folks had decorated with flickering tea candles and big pots of silver birches, magnolias and pussy willows.
“I heard my friend, Anna, was in town, so I thought I’d stop by and say hello,” said Zellweger, who managed to slip unnoticed past the photographers crowded at the restaurant’s entrance.
“It’s British design meets New York chic,” cooed Roland Mouret, who was locked in conversation with Dita Von Teese. “I’m having a ball,” exclaimed Manolo Blahnik. “But I always have a ball when I go out. And I know everyone here!”
London’s rising stars, including Roksanda Ilincic, Richard Nicoll and Aquascutum’s design duo Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, were also among the guests.
And what would a Vogue party be without the PETA people? They were out in force, brandishing big posters of Wintour. But they missed their big chance.
“I don’t even think they saw me come in,” said Wintour, who was dressed in a black astrakhan coat. “My entrance was a real nonevent,” she joked.
Of course, she wasn’t the only one wearing the stuff. Daniella Helayel checked her fox coat at the door, Joan Burstein had her Fendi fur Mama baguette in tow and Suzanne Clements was decked out in a fur jacket.
“You’d better turn that inside out when we leave,” warned her husband, Inacio Ribeiro. By 8:30 p.m., however, the PETA protesters had vanished. “They’ve just moved on to the next party,” said a London policeman who was standing guard by the restaurant.