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DEJA VU: “It’s happened again. Someone stole an outfit just before my show,” said Christopher Kane with a serious face, before bursting out laughing. “Just kidding,” interjected the designer, whose key pieces were stolen a week before his show in September. Kane was unwinding at London’s Bungalow 8 after his show earlier Tuesday. He partied with Amy Sacco, Kelly Osbourne, Agyness Deyn, Louise Goldin, Tim Jefferies — and even his own elderly Scottish relatives — until 2 a.m.
KISA CRISIS: “I’m exhausted. I just got back from a week skiing, and I’m working my fetish shoes — I’m in agony,” said Margo Stilley, pointing to her black patent leather torture devices at the Kisa show Tuesday night. Nonetheless, Stilley, who was wearing a shiny black Kisa dress, managed to make it through the show where Naomi Campbell and Lily Donaldson showed off a mix of feminine and masculine silhouettes. There were billowing silk shirts worn with high-waisted microskirts, soft tailored trousers in flannel and cashmere and oversize winter coats were slung over the most delicate of dresses.
BAMFORD BABES: “A good blow-dry is an absolute necessity. Let someone else do the work for you!” said Camilla Al Fayed, doling out party tips Tuesday night during the Bamford & Sons boutique launch at Harrods. “I shouldn’t really say this, but I always use fake eyelashes. They are essential for the evening.” As one of the hostesses of the evening, Al Fayed entertained guests including Anouck Lepère, Dan MacMillan, Andrea Dellal and Philip Treacy for the soiree. Lepère, a model, also had parties on the brain, namely her birthday celebrations: “It’s tomorrow, and I’m doing a show. But I love working on my birthday. You get more attention!”
VIVA VIVIENNE?: Vivienne Westwood may be known for her left-wing political sympathies, but when it comes to her parties, she’s no champion of the masses. At a much-hyped soiree to fete “Vivienne Westwood Opus,” the designer’s latest coffee-table book, a shivering horde of guests was left out in the cold after the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens filled to capacity within minutes. Clipboard-wielding public relations reps were at a loss to distinguish between VIPs, press and passing celeb spotters, while security staff attempted to force London “It” girl Fiona Scarry — shuddering in her sky-high heels — two elderly women and a 50-strong crowd of would-be revelers into an orderly line. Inside, Gabriella Windsor, Camilla Rutheford, Erin O’Connor and Laura Bailey sipped Champagne and schmoozed with Westwood and her gang.
BALENCIAGA HAS A BALL: The fact that it was a school night for many of the guests didn’t dampen the buzz at a cocktail to mark the opening of Balenciaga’s first London store on Mount Street Tuesday night. “I’m filming [the sixth Harry Potter film] at the moment, so I can’t do anything during the day,” lamented the ultrapetite Emma Watson, explaining her absence from London’s front rows during fashion week. So she took it upon herself to make the most of her time in Balenciaga’s Space Age wonderland of a store, whipping through pieces from the floral spring collection hanging on the rails. Guests including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nicky Haslam, Pat McGrath and host Nicolas Ghesquière meandered through the labyrinthine store, sipping gin and tonics and Xhampagne to the sounds of the eerie, electronic music that’s piped through the shop.
STELLA GOES SHOPPING: “So sorry I’m late — I’m sure you’ve got more important things to do,” joked Stella McCartney to photographers and fans at the launch of the “The World of Stella” two-week promotional event at Selfridges, Wednesday. Dressed in head-to-toe black, she sported her trademark blazer turned up at the lapel, and killer heels. And, while McCartney may have oozed effortless chic, it was in spite of a grueling schedule. “I should be saying I’m getting a good night’s sleep, but it’s not true — I get no sleep,” said the designer, who gave birth to her third child, Beckett, last month, and is currently working on her fall collection, which makes its debut in two weeks. “It’s always nerve-wracking in the last 10 days leading up to the show, but I had a good fitting yesterday and I’m feeling happy about it,” she quipped.
EDUN GETS DARK: It might have been the snowiest New York night so far, but that didn’t stop U2 frontman Bono from joining his wife, designer Ali Hewson, at the fall presentation of Edun. Held at The Historic Desmond Tutu Center, models stood in a completely dark room, only lit by spotlights over their heads.
“The theme was night and darkness, which is why it’s so dark in here,” Hewson explained of the collection, which is now in its seventh season.
Hewson was designing the collection with the help of Rogan Gregory of Rogan, who in November won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, pocketing $200,000 and a year of mentoring from an industry executive. “Since Rogan won the CFDA award, he really needs more time to work on pushing himself forward, so after fall, we won’t have him anymore, which makes me sad, but I’m very happy for him and we are still great friends. I just miss seeing him every day.”
Meanwhile, Bono walked in with some friends — Helena Christensen, Josh Hartnett and Michael Stipe. They sat in the corner on some V.I.P. couches while bodyguards only allowed photographers to take photos. “They are not doing any interviews,” a guard said to a disappointed onlooker.