BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: The British Fashion Council arranged a pub lock-in to celebrate the London Fashion Week Men’s collections on Sunday night, and the wholly British tradition went down very well with the assortment of designers, models and showgoers at The George pub.
Lock-ins exist thanks to long-held licensing laws that mean pubs must stop selling alcohol after closing time. Occasionally, at management’s discretion, the curtains are drawn against prying eyes and doors are locked, sealing in the remaining patrons and allowing festivities to continue.
“The last time I was at anything resembling a lock-in was at Copper Face Jacks, a massive nightclub in Dublin that, as it happens, is one of the most profitable nightclubs in Europe,” said Irish television presenter and fashion commentator Darren Kennedy, fresh from a New Year’s break in Miami. “So, not a pub exactly, but I was certainly there well past midnight: I remember only realizing it was time to go home when I went out on to one of the outdoor terraces and the sun was up and shining.”
“Actually, it drives me up the wall [in England] when I get to the pub and the bell for last drinks rings. I’m, like, ‘What! I only just got out!'” he said.
Actor and former rugby player Craig McGinlay was sporting a mullet, something he can’t get rid of soon enough. “In three weeks I can chop it,” he told WWD. “I was asked to grow it a year ago for a role. At the time, I had a big beard and collar-length hair. They said, ‘Can you lose the beard and keep growing the hair?’ Obviously, I said yes.”
McGinlay demurred on giving further details about the role, but hinted that it was for an upcoming season of a major television series.
Guests including Isaac Carew, Jack Guinness, Miami rap star Fat Nick and former Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood were among those who arrived from the Topman party across town and danced between tables to songs by Rihanna and Beyoncé.