LONDON — “I wanted everything to be leopard, even the guests, which is why we had a strict ‘leopard’ dress code,” said Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal at the dinner she hosted to preview her spring 2016 collection. But not everyone observed the mandate: Dellal’s brother, Alexander, was shamefully leopard-free. But the shoe designer soon solved that: “I cut a corner from a tablecloth to make him a pocket square.”
“It’s like being in the most glamorous safari tent in the world,” summed up furniture and interior designer Francis Sultana. The walls and ceiling of the private room at Daphne’s restaurant in South Kensington had been festooned with custom-printed fabric in the Charlotte Olympia signature leopard spots, which matched the tablecloths and seat cushions.
After dinner, bingo cards printed with shoes and bags from the new collection were handed out with gold bingo markers, and presenter George Lamb ran a semi-legit bingo game, with three big toy leopards as the prizes. Derek Blasberg won the first round of the game but donated his trophy to Arizona Muse.
“That’s probably the nicest thing Derek’s ever done,” said the London-based model. “I’m going to pop it in my son’s bedroom tonight so he wakes up to it in the morning. He’s going to be so excited!”
Model and actress Elisa Sednaoui had recently been in Venice for the film festival, acting as godmother of the festival.
“I only got to see five films but I really liked ‘The Danish Girl’ with Eddie Redmayne,” she said. “Alicia Vikander was amazing as an artist who has to deal with her husband becoming a woman. It was quite commercial, but it was from a big studio and about a very sensitive issue, so it kind of had to be.”