ART FORUM: David Furnish opened up the home he shares with Elton John and their children in London’s Holland Park on Sunday night to celebrate the latest edition of London Collections: Men.
Surrounded by an impressive collection of contemporary art including photos by David LaChapelle, spots and butterflies by Damien Hirst and a glittering and blush-inducing Liza Lou sculpture of a naked man wrapped around himself, Furnish’s guests included Richard James and Patrick Grant, David Gandy and Robert Konjic, Eric Jennings, Pat McGrath and Elizabeth Saltzman.
Saltzman had come almost directly from the airport, after spending the holidays in the Caribbean, dressed in what she swore was the “in-flight” blanket.
Gandy spent the festive period in a Scottish castle with his family. “The kids really loved it; they got lost in it. Hell, I got lost in it,” he told WWD. “It was kind of scary. They’d ask me to go to the loo with them and I’d pretend to be the brave uncle but, really, I was scared too.”
Furnish had is own fears: for the art and rare objets in his home. “I had a very great/bad party experience here when I hosted a party for Donatella [Versace] many years ago,” he explained. “I said it could be a max of 80 people because it’s close to the art but 500 people were invited.
“It was the best party: Nicole Kidman walked in with Keith Urban; [Magician] David Blaine came in and started eating drinking glasses; Rod Stewart and Penny [Lancaster] were here; I got to introduce The Killers to the ‘Natural Born Killers’ as Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis were both here too.”
“But, unfortunately, at some point, someone jumped over the coffee table, knocked over and broke a Lynn Chadwick sculpture and I went nuclear. I said, ‘I don’t care if it’s the Queen of England, we’re at 120 people now and no one else is coming in the house.'”