THE NEW BLACK: “No. 1 Savile Row deserves black tie on a Tuesday night,” said Jason Basmajian, who worked the room at a dinner hosted by Gieves & Hawkes and fabric maker Vitale Barberis Canonico to mark the former’s newly refurbished store, as well as a new tailoring exhibition featuring the Italian mill’s high-end wares. “I’d like to do this every month — I just need to find the budget,” said Basmajian, the brand’s chief creative officer during a dinner on the shop floor at Gieves’ flagship at No. 1 Savile Row in London’s Mayfair.
The dinner featured a bubbly cocktail of retailers, aristocrats and creative types including Julie de Libran, Mike Figgis, Jake Parkinson Smith, the Marquess of Bristol, Admiral Lord West and Lady West.
Figgis talked about his upcoming endeavors, including “a very tight thriller set in a gas station at 3:00 am, about 40 miles from Las Vegas.” It’s in pre-production right now, and he said it’s going to be very scary.
He’s also coming out with a book to be published by Faber & Faber next year. “It’s about screenwriting — and hopefully it’ll be readable,” said the director.
De Libran talked about her long friendship with Basmajian — the two met in the Nineties when they were working as designers in Italy — and about her quick trip to London, where she also squeezed in a photo shoot with Love magazine.
She’s also mulling opening a pop-up in London for Sonia Rykiel, where she serves as artistic director. “It would be for February, when the collection comes in,” said the designer, who is currently working on the French brand’s new store concept, and the pre-fall collection that she will show in New York in January.