“Oh yes, I’ve worn Topshop — the men’s clothes — and the women’s clothes, too,” deadpanned David Walliams during Sir Philip Green’s cocktail party to celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week on Sunday night. Walliams, who regularly cross-dresses on “Little Britain,” admitted he’d donned the frocks as part of a comedy sketch for Topshop employees. Green’s moveable feast, where guests included Kate Moss, Dinos Chapman, Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, Christopher Bailey, Eva Herzigova, Thandie Newton, Antonio Berardi, David Bailey, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, and Celia Birtwell, featured dinner at the Ivy and an after party where Bryan Ferry performed a raucous live set, complete with dancers clad in sparkling minidresses.
“They were kind of funny — but it worked,” joked Sting’s daughter, Kate Sumner. The crowd at it up: Moss rushed to the front to dance with Bella Freud, while Naomi Campbell hung back and grooved with Tina Green.
“I’m drunk,” joked Thakoon Panichgul. “And I’m loving hanging out in London, and seeing the shows here.” Earlier that evening — when the Champagne had just begun to flow — Londoner Alexa Chung reflected on life in New York. “They are so f—ing serious there!” said the MTV presenter. “London is a much more relaxed — and amateurish — city.” Simon Cowell, meanwhile, who’s set to launch a TV entertainment business with Green, was flying the flag for the British on Sunday night. Cowell, who has his suits made by Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson, said his personal style icon is David Niven: “He was a man’s man.”