Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Kate Moss and the House of Blue Eyes

It's been all over the papers by now - Kate's first catwalk show in 4 years.



It happened at the venue where I work now, and was the climax of a party that went off the end of the Richter scale. No-one was expecting her to walk... we thought she'd just sit back and enjoy the show.



Kate aside [well, she did look superb], it was a great party in its own right. The guests looked phenomenal - a friend of mine turned up in a coat made of stuffed toys, Bishi was there looking elegant, and I saw the most convincing drag queen I've ever witnessed - s/he was tall, very slim, with a pretty Louise Brooks face and hair, a tiny cupid mouth, and a very sharp but restrained 1930s style suit. I was admiring how pretty she looked, when she opened her mouth and out came this bellowing, unmistakeably baritone voice. Gosh! I wish I'd had my own camera on me to capture some of these wonderful creatures.



The party launched stylist Johnny Blue Eyes' label House of Blue Eyes, a punky collaboration with several designers he knows, including Giles Pearson, Carol Wiseman and others. His background is mainly in styling music videos and bands [including Scissor Sisters' 'Filthy/Gorgeous' and the amazing 1930s-swimsuit dancers in Take That's 'Shine', and that showed on the night - Ana Matronic hosted, Beth Ditto catwalked and sang, and the guestlist was longer than a life sentence.



I spent the night on four-inch heels [thankfully my own - I was offered some 1970s de Havilland shoes to wear but there's no way I could have stayed on my feet all night], helping our besieged bar staff, generally trying to control the chaos and keeping Miss Moss in alcobooze.

But my favourite bit of the whole thing wasn't so much the party as the preparation - Johnny styled me and our bar supervisor for the night, so I began the day in a dressing room in Goldhawk Road surrounded by improbably tall, thin boys and girls in various states of undress, with two hair-stylists setting about me with hairdryers. A very strange way to commence work for the day! I don't have any photos of my outfit yet - a lady did photograph me, so I'm hoping she'll send me the photos. I wore my Mango/Yousefzada dress, a little 1940s veiled hat, some black suede peep-toe platforms and an amazing necklace - a huge [fist-sized, truly] brass lion's head pendant on a metal and suede chain. Our bar supervisor looked like Jessica Rabbit in a vintage black & gold high-cut swimsuit and Brigitte Bardot hair... wonderful!



Roll on the next party...

[All photos: Lucy Johnston]

17 comments:

Diego said...

Must see your outfit! Hurry up and post it!!!

Make Do and Mend said...

Better post than the paper!
Love the behind the scenes info.
Please do post you.

Charponnaise said...

Waiting for photos! I haven't tracked down the lass who snapped me yet... when I do, all shall be revealed.

I might update this post later with some more photos of the catwalk show though, the lady who took these photos kindly said she might upload some more shots of the other models.

enc said...

Incredible!

WendyB said...

I want a top hat!

Charponnaise said...

I have wanted one for so long. I tried on the one she's wearing there, the day before the show. It fell down over my eyes. Either I'm actually a munchkin, or Kate Moss has a really fat head.

mygirlx said...

Is Miss Moss good-looking in the flesh? Personally I think she's generally pretty blah with cross-eyes. But that might just be me...

Charponnaise said...

she's a pretty lady. in photos you see this cheekboned creature that doesn't seem to have much to do with us or indeed the human race in general. in reality, she's a pretty, dyed-blonde lady with a good face and a smart way of wearing clothes. she looks her age, which is perfectly alright.

makemoremistakes said...

I'm rather jealous. that sounds absolutely fun.

xo
angela

poetiic said...

that sounds truly amazing! i'm excited to see your outfit!

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Luxe. said...

Ok I want Kates whole outfit! I want to see you!

Make Do and Mend said...

Sorry laughing at fat head comment!

LaCouturier said...

yayy kate! =) love the post!

MR style said...

kate i love u

shebeat said...

I know people say you should never meet your idols, but I'm so happy for you that you got to meet Kate! Can't wait to see what you wore.

Also, was the Gruau card mine? I'm so glad, I believed it got lost in oblivion. His drawings are so inspiring. (I start my fashion course in a couple of hours actually, wish me luck!) xx

Charponnaise said...

It was indeed your card, Lauren. It is sitting prettily in my living room, it's such a nice thing to look at.

I don't know if Kate Moss is an idol but I definitely always admired her, so it was nice to have her at our place.

Fashion course? What what what? Tell me about this!

Theresa said...

this soinds like so much fun, I quite like miss moss, I would have been very star struck if I met her, also I'm looking forward to seeing your outfit