LONDON – After a few thunder and lightning storms earlier in the week, the sun finally came out Wednesday evening to shine on New Bond Street for the official opening of the new House of Dior.
Surrounded by thousands of blue delphiniums (a nod to the 400,000 at Raf Simons’ last show for the house), a 19-piece orchestra played as guests made their way into the party, where Josh Ludlow and Jenny Bastet provided the soundtrack to the evening.
Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire arrived hand-in-hand, fresh from a trip to New York. “It was a little bit of business and a little bit of pleasure; mostly pleasure,” said Cheshire. “We went for my birthday and I had quite a few friends in town so we had a bit of a party.”
“I gave him the flight to New York, that was his birthday present,” said Lott. “That and a quieter dinner with just the two of us when all of his mates had left.”
“Yeah, we went to Nobu,” Cheshire added. “I like a bit of sushi.”
Guests included Daisy Lowe, Millie Mackintosh, Donna Air, Amber le Bon, Henry Lloyd Hughes, and Sai Bennett.
Television presenter Laura Whitmore had more low-key plans for the weekend. She planned to escape London for Brighton to see her friend’s band perform at the Wildlife Festival, one of many Whitmore has lined up for the summer.
“I’ll be staying in a teepee with seven other girls at Glastonbury, where I am really looking forward to seeing Jack Garratt and Muse, who are headlining on the Friday night. We’re going to see Adele; Cyndi Lauper is playing, too. I quite like wandering around and seeing bands that you don’t necessarily know that you see by accident.”
Festivals serve as a big design inspiration for Whitmore, who has an ongoing jewelry collaboration with Daisy London. “We’ve just done a special festival capsule,” she said. “We used a lot of turquoise and it’s all based on the shape of a guitar pick. We also used a quote, ‘Hot Tramp,’ in honor of Mr. Bowie and his ‘Rebel Rebel’ song, on a few pieces.”
There was a “Made In Chelsea” mini-reunion as Mackintosh and Rosie Fortescue found each other and embraced in the depths of the Peter Marino-designed mega-space across the street from Louis Vuitton. Mackintosh had spent the day on set, and revealed that she has a new role in the pipeline: a John Frieda campaign.
She said she’s also been spending a lot of time on Pinterest, in search of inspiration for her ready-to-wear collection: “It just sucks me in; I could spend ages on it. We work about three years in advance, so I have been thinking about what kind of things I might like to wear three years from now when I’m grown up and 30 years old.”