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Here’s what happened at the London Fashion Week Men’s parties

Here’s what happened at the London Fashion Week Men’s parties
09 Jun
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What’s it like? Well, I can tell you it’s like driving a juggernaut where you only have two pieces of string to control the wheel…” Grayson Perry told us of his experience coordinating the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition. Dressed as his alter-ego Claire, as is standard at their annual preview party he held court as he moved around the galleries – chatting to a Kim Cattrall here, a David Bailey there – in a look made by second-year St Martins students. “I go in and do a six-week project with them,” he told us. “They design looks and then I buy the ones I like.” Isn’t that hard, we asked? “Well, I’m no size-zero model, darling, but I know what works — and I’m not afraid to go short.” At which he hitched up his dress to show off some absolutely cracking pins.

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Elsewhere fashion folk had caught the bug with Laura Jackson reaching peak art-anxiety sprinting to get to the Tracey Emin before anyone else… Fail. And Paloma Faith deciding to get in on the art game “I bought something!” she told us. “But not framed – I can do that myself.” Right-o. “Be careful before you do any champagne shopping,” another well-heeled guest warned us. “I bought a McQueen dress at an auction that I’m still having to pay off in instalments.” Hard times, babes.

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On, then, to the opening of the Moët Town House, a pop-up members club literally built on champagne with over 400 cases of bubbles being shipped in for the 4-day event. Proceedings kicked off with a DJ set by Groove Armada’s Andy Cato, who had made full use of the green room – complete with wall to wall jeroboams of champagne. Issues arose when Idris Elba arrived to play his set, used the room and locked the door behind him. With the keys inside. Cue two belonging-less DJ’s and one locksmith called out at midnight.

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Back to the scene of the crime the next night for a dinner hosted by David Furnish, Dylan Jones and Caroline Rush to celebrate the opening of the 12th season of London Fashion Week Men’s, where talk turned to a worrying trend emerging from the front row – the shaving of male editor’s ankle hair for that rolled up chino and loafer look. “Would you shave your ankles?” one concerned American editor asked over the tuna tacos, “no” we assured him, but our European cousins, well, that’s a different matter.

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