Friday, November 26, 2010


Last night the fashion crowd headed to West London for ALICE by Temperley’s first birthday party at Paradise in Kensal Green. The dress code for the night was English Eccentrics which meant there was lots of fur, tweed and massive head wear as everyone went as mad as possible to try and out-do each other.

Alice Temperley

Aideen from 7th Man

The night didn’t get off to the best start as I pulled my camera out to take a picture and found I had no battery. Luckily as I went to check my bag in the cloakroom I ran into the lovely Aideen from 7th Man magazine who readily lent me an amazing camera and away we went to check out what the night had in store. We stopped at the bar to take advantage of the complimentary Chambord and Grey Goose Vodka cocktails, which seemed to be going down a treat with the party-goers, and then went for a dance as Ellie Goulding took to the DJ booth.

As we lined up to have our picture taken in the beautiful vintage photo booth we ran into Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits which caused much excitement for Style Cramp, who regularly meets celebrities in her job but for some reason became extremely star struck and giggly. I forced her to go and get her photo taken. When he asked her how she was she simply said, “Misfits is my favourite show. I’m sorry that just had to be said.” This had everyone around us laughing including Nathan, who was very nice!

After that we saw Bryan Ferry looking very cool, standing with a body guard in a corner wearing a massive black puffa jacket. As I went to ask him for a photo he turned and stormed off out of the party, which I hope wasn’t a reaction to me but I managed to get a picture of his back as he walked down the stairs so, result!

Feeling a bit dejected me and my friend sat down and discussed whether or not Brian Ferry actually hated us or was leaving anyway when we ran into Alice Temperley, who was looking amazing in a leopard print dress and matching hat. Her friend literally picked us up off the sofa and pushed us into the karaoke room where we sang Rihanna’s Rude Boy with a very happy and lovely Daisy Lowe.

As the night edged into the small hours we decided it was time to start the long bus ride back to central London so we got back into the coat queue to get our things. As I stood in line reflecting on what a weird night we had had I glanced at the tall man next to me who seemed very familiar. To understand the context of this story, I have to explain that I have been chasing the Hurts PR for months trying to get an interview with lead singer Theo Hutchcraft for my blog. As the cogs whirled in my head I thought I'd test the waters. “I like your earring,” I said, to which he laughed and didn’t reply. After a couple of minutes I decided it was now or never and said, “You’re in a band aren’t you?” To which he replied to the affirmative. As I explained the story everyone around me wondered why I had suddenly started acting like such a fruit-cake and talking in giggly gasps but Theo, deciding that I wasn’t some kind of stalker insisted on doing the interview there and then.

So here it is, as written on the back of a napkin...

Me: “How does your music influence your style?”

Theo: “It doesn’t really. I think they are two very different things.”

Me:”If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?”

Theo: “Chill out. Or this is it.”

Me: “What would you do if an alien landed in your back garden?”

Theo: “Dress it up like my little sister and keep it in my cupboard.”

Me “If you could play one song to the world, what would it be.”

Theo: “Billy Jean.”

So we headed back to our neck of the woods with several other people dressed as mad hatters and country gentlemen. The image of us all on the night bus, dressed like people from another planet pretty much sums up the night for me.

YoN and Style Cramp


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