Still capturing plenty of attention, especially for her promotion of worthy social causes, Lady Gaga headed to Annabel’s in London last night in association with Belvedere Vodka and Product Red.
Gaga performed ‘Artpop’, ‘Dope’ and ‘Do What U Want’ from her new album Artpop, which was released last month, as well as her classic ‘Poker Face’, at a private concert at Annabel’s.
LVMH, meanwhile, launched its Belvedere Red Special Edition bottle. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition vodka bottles will go to the Global Fund to fight HIVâAids in Africa.
Celebrity guests included Adele, Sting and Trudie Styler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Jessie J, Chelsea Davy, Boris Becker, Bryan Ferry, Hayley Atwell, Michael McIntyre, Emile Sande, Tinie Tempah, Christopher Kane, Natalie Massenet, Arizona Muse, Richard E. Grant, Philip Treacy, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Greene, Nicky Haslam, Irina Ambromavich, James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley.
Gaga had performed at the same venue in 2011 to launch her famed Born This Way album.
Charli XCX followed on with a special DJ set into the small hours of the morning.
Gaga notes, ‘I think it is very important to join the fight against Aids and HIV and think it is wonderful that Belvedere and Annabel’s are supporting and had this event this evening. The more we can educate people the more we control the problem. I think it is really wonderful they are involved and think all major corporations should join the fight.’
The exhibition, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, opens today at Somerset House, London.
This marks the second time Lucire has covered an exhibition connected to the late editor and fashion patron. The earlier occasion, in 2008, saw curator Donna Loveday of the Design Museum look at Philip Treacy’s hats, and focused on the then Isabella Delves Broughton’s discovery of the designer. This second exhibition, with over 100 pieces, looks at Blow’s collection itself: it is her wardrobe, acquired by her friend Daphne Guinness, to stop it being sold at auction. Architectural firm Carmody Groarke designed the exhibition.
Guinness said, ‘This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them weâve done the right thingâand that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.’
After Blow’s suicide in 2007, Guinness, who had been friends with her for nearly a decade, sought to preserve her legacy and established the Isabella Blow Foundation.
Many of the garments shown are styled in exactly the way Blow wore them. She was known to only wear work from designers she liked or admired.
A catalogue will be published by Rizzoli to accompany the exhibition, edited by Alistair O’Neil, who curated the exhibition with Shonagh Marshall, with essays by O’Neil, Marshall, Prof Caroline Evans, and Alexander Fury, with new photography by Nick Knight. Graphic Thought Facility has designed the book, which is priced at Â£40.
Blow began her career in the early 1980s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. After she returned to London in 1986, she worked at Tatler, British Vogue, and The Sunday Timesâ ‘Style’. In addition to Treacy, whom she discovered at his graduation from Central St Martin’s in 1990, Blow is also credited for discovering Alexander McQueen (at his graduation from the school two years later), Hussein Chalayan, Julien Macdonald, Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. She collaborated with photographers Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis.
The exhibition includes pieces from the designers she discovered, and is regarded as one of the most important private fashion collections of the era.
Film, recordings and projections at Somerset House take visitors back to the era, while miscellaneous items belonging to Blow, such as her Rolodex, are also on display.
Somerset House presents the exhibition in association with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s. It runs from November 20, 2013 to March 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with a late night of 9 p.m. on Thursday. Some special hours apply over the Christmas and New Year period. Entry is Â£12Â·50, and concessions are Â£10 and Â£6Â·25 on Mondays.
The video below looks back at Blow’s life, and includes Alexander McQueen’s La Dame Bleue collection from springâsummer 2008, which he dedicated to his mentor.
Jessie J was the headlining celebrity chosen to turn on the lights on Oxford Street, and kicked off the Christmas season in London’s West End on Tuesday at 6.22 p.m.
The English singer and songwriter says it was a dream of hers to turn on the world-famous lights. ‘I always used to make my parents bring me to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights so itâs an honour to actually be switching them on this year. I spend a lot of time shopping on Oxford Street and this year will be no different. The lights switch-on is a prestigious part of the festive season for Londoners and Iâm proud to be a part of it.’
The singer performed live in front of thousands of shoppers at the event. She was supported by James Arthur, The X Factor winner and singer Conor Maynard, while Gifford’s Circus performed additional acts. Capital FM hosts Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry officiated.
The five switched on the lights from Selfridges on Oxford Street.
A new Â£1Â·5 million light scheme has been designed for 2013.
The New West End Company says the Christmas shopping season in the West End sees Â£1,000 million in sales.