David Furnish — with help from British GQ — welcomed 40 guests to his home in Windsor on Saturday night to mark the start of London Collections: Men.
Furnish’s partner Elton John missed the cocktail, only because he was tending to far more important tasks. “He’s babysitting,” said Patrick Cox, referring to John’s and Furnish’s two sons: Zachary, two, and Elijah, five months, whom John was putting to bed.
Guests at the couple’s home, including Cox, Tommy Hilfiger, Marigay McKee, Eric Jennings, Richard James, Patrick Grant, David Gandy, and Natalie Massenet had drinks and dinner amid an impressive art collection with work by Tracey Emin, the Chapman brothers, Gilbert and George, and Louise Bourgeois.
“You know, when Elton and David first called [all of their closest friends] and left messages to tell us they were having a baby, I called back and left a message saying, ‘I really hope this is a joke, because you two are the two most selfish people I know,’” recalled Cox. “They are my best friends in the world, but apparently I was the only one who felt that way.”
John joined the group in time for dinner, and afterwards introduced The Strypes, a band that he discovered in the London Underground — and spent three weeks trying to track down because he loved their look and sound so much.
“It’s like they’re from Mars or something because they’re not playing manufactured pop music,” said John, who has signed the band, three whom are 15 years old and one of whom is 17, to his record label Rocket.
If The Doors played the blues and looked like an adolescent incarnation of the The Yardbirds, it would be The Strypes. They rocked a short set of loud songs that convinced McKee she needed to book them for a Harrods event.