“I rang the police, I rang the neighbors, I rang everybody,” crowed Selina Blow as she pushed her way through the crowd in London. The crush of revelers were assembled to celebrate the shop that Blow opened with the designers Lulu Guinness and Louise and Joey Jackson.
There were more people spilling out onto Elizabeth Street than remained in the shop. At some point, even the most diehard gave up trying to get a glass of champagne and went to the pub next door instead.
“I ended up wrestling glasses out of people’s hands because they cost $1.60 each,” Blow said the next day. “I just wanted people to go after a while. I was tired.”
Earlier that evening, Richard James marked the fifth anniversary of his shop on Savile Row with an equally smart party for clients and friends, including David Linley, David Furnish, Jay Jopling, Tim Jeffries and minister-at-large Peter Mandelson.
Mandelson is clearly a man who’s fond of his clothes — a few nights later, he popped up at a show held by another young Savile Row tailor, Ozwald Boateng.