The volcanic ash has jeopardized parties across the globe this week as hosts and hostesses anxiously rebook flights in order to make it to their destinations.
“I feel very lucky to be here — it’s kind of a miracle,” sighed Frida Giannini, who reorganized her travel plans in order to arrive to London Wednesday night in time for the opening of Gucci’s Icon-Temporary pop-up shop.
Guests including Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Jefferson Hack, Anouck Lepère, Poppy Delevigne and Margo Stilley packed into the Covent Garden store to get a look at the limited edition sneakers Giannini had designed. But the two styles that Giannini’s co-host, Mark Ronson, created were getting just as much attention. “I like the ones Mark designed,” said Simon Le Bon, pointing out a pair of gray herringbone tweed kicks. “If I’m lucky enough, maybe he’ll give me a pair — we paid him enough to produce our album.”
Though not everyone was ready to sacrifice their stilettos for sneakers. “I’m really a boots and heels girl. I’ll maybe put on a pair of Uggs if I’m grabbing a coffee,” said Stilley. “But my brother and boyfriend are massive sneaker fans, so I’m scouting for them.”
Ronson also produced a track with his group, Chauffeur, to celebrate the launch. “We named the band after the Duran Duran song,” Ronson said. “It sounded like something really luxe in the Eighties — a bunch of kids going out and putting on their Gucci, and listening to a band called Chauffeur.”
Later that evening, the mutual appreciation came full circle, as Le Bon and Nick Rhodes jumped onstage at the after party at Soho’s Ronnie Scott’s club to perform the track “Chauffeur” with the band Chauffeur. Savannah Miller, Dominic Cooper and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld turned out for the concert, and later the British band Friendly Fires took to the stage — which got Giannini dancing in the middle of the floor.