As London Fashion Week (LFW) unfolds, the fashion crowd gears up for the exhilarating rush from one show to another, but they’re wasting no time in embracing the party spirit.
LFW’s grand celebration commenced at the renowned Victoria & Albert museum in South Kensington last night, setting the stage for what promises to be a star-studded affair.
A Stellar Gathering: Honoring Coco Chanel at the V&A
The Victoria & Albert museum transformed into a dazzling hub as actors, models, musicians, and poets gathered in droves to mark the inauguration of its new exhibition, a tribute to the iconic Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.
This gallery quickly became London’s hottest spot, drawing in luminaries from various creative realms.
Among the glittering attendees, a rare public appearance was made by Hugh Grant, accompanied by his wife, Anna Eberstein.
The guest list also boasted not one but two Jaggers—Bianca and Georgia May—as well as the offspring of Liam Gallagher, Lennon and Gene, adding a touch of British pop culture royalty to the evening.
Royalty, in its truest sense, graced the event as well.
Princess Beatrice, accompanied by her husband Edoardo Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, a property developer and Italian nobility member, radiated joy as they posed for photographs arm-in-arm.
Her attire, a dark floral dress with corset details and puff sleeves, deviated from her usual trademark headband.
Chanel Elegance: A Fashionable Display
The soirée was predictably filled with a sea of Chanel ensembles, with stars like Keira Knightley donning a delicate black floral blouse paired with high-waisted trousers.
Bel Powley, known for her role in “The Morning Show,” stood out in a plum monogrammed jacket dress, while Jasmine Jobson, an alum of “Top Boy,” brought a vibrant splash to the party in her rainbow tweed suit with wide flares and an abundance of jewelry.
The exhibit itself, a groundbreaking showcase in the UK, explores the journey of the French couturière, from her early work in millinery to her final collection in 1971.
Displaying 200 individual looks, alongside accessories, perfumes, and jewelry, the exhibit is a visual feast.
Lucky attendees had the privilege of glimpsing original Chanel costumes designed for the Ballets Russes production of “Le Train Bleu” in 1924, as well as outfits created for Hollywood icons Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich.
Chanel Ambassadors and Exclusive Gatherings
Notably, Chanel’s loyal supporters turned out in full force. Classic Chanel muses, including Clémence Poésy, Sophie Cookson, and Gabriella Brooks, enjoyed champagne and canapés within the historic museum walls.
The evening concluded with a private dinner and musical performances by singer Griff, followed by a DJ set by Jack Guinness.
A Star-Studded Fashion Week Ahead
With this dazzling opening party as a prelude, London Fashion Week seems poised to be an extravagant and celebrity-filled extravaganza.
The convergence of A-listers and fashion luminaries at the V&A speaks to the magnetic allure of Coco Chanel’s legacy and sets the stage for a week of unparalleled style and glamour.
Fashion enthusiasts and paparazzi alike will undoubtedly be on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the star-studded affairs yet to come during this iconic fashion week.