LONDON — “Whatever happens in London happens two years later everywhere else, and that’s the truth of it really,” said Camilla Rutherford at a party to mark Kate Moss’ ten years as the face of Rimmel, and her new lipstick collaboration for the brand.
“It’s millions of people, doing their own thing, every day. How could that not be inspiring?” she said shortly before Moss arrived — by helicopter — at Battersea Power Station Thursday night, clad in a vintage velvet micro mini dress with a diamante trim.
Guests included Rimmel models Solange Knowles, Alejandra Ramos Munoz, and Georgia May Jagger, along with Liberty Ross, Sadie Frost, Annabelle Nielsen, Cara and Poppy Delevigne and Jasmine Guinness.
Later, the Noisettes played a rousing set. “Fashion crowds are the trickiest but we’re in Battersea Power Station, so course I’m going to give it some,” promised Shingai Shoniwa, the group’s front-woman.
Earlier that evening, on Sloane Street, London socialites gathered at the Roger Vivier store for a cocktail in aid of the safe water charity Just a Drop Foundation.
“Her address book is radioactive. She knows everyone great in London,” said David Downton of Marie Helvin, who organized the event. Guests included Neil Pearson, Maryam D’Abo and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
It was one of a string of cocktails and dinners around town on the eve of London Fashion Week, which kicks off today.
Over in Mayfair, at Morton’s Club, Dannii Minogue and her design partner Tabitha Somerset Webb hosted a dinner to show off their girly spring collection, packed with tea dresses and easy eveningwear.
Minogue is gearing up to launch her latest book “My Style” (Simon & Schuster) at the end of the month. The book will come in hardcover and digital versions.
“It’s full of all my tips and tricks and memories. My grandmother taught me how to cut patterns and sew at home,” said Minogue. “And it also has advice — things I always do like fill each of my evening bags with emergency items, band-aids and safety pins. No matter which bag I run out with I’m always prepared.”
Earlier in the evening, Browns feted Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping following a trunk show at the store earlier in the day. And despite the fact that martinis and Bellinis were flowing at George on Mount Street, Copping remained tight-lipped about his spring collection.
“It’s top secret,” he said, “But a lot of it was already done before I left for my holiday in August. I always leave a part of it unfinished – to leave room for spontaneity.”