02 April 2009

A Feast for Frida (w/ an exclusive performance by Richard Ashcroft)

ALEXANDRA SHULMAN (editor of the British edition of Vogue) last night celebrated the success of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, hosting a candlelit dinner in her honour at the new Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.

In town to unveil her new design concept for Gucci's refurbished Sloane Street flagship store, Giannini was joined by a select crowd including the fashionable likes of Claudia Schiffer, Sophie Dahl, Erin O'Connor, Elizabeth Jagger and Suzy Menkes (to name but a few) - as well as Richard Ashcroft, who performed an acoustic session dressed in a suave cream and black pinstripe ensemble.

Enjoying pre-dinner apple and ginger Mojito cocktails, and Laurent Perrier Champagne in a specially designed Gucci lounge (complete with fixtures in the brand's signature gold and black colours), guests then sat down to an Italian-style antipasti dinner.

"We're here to celebrate the redesigned Gucci store on Sloane Street and to welcome Frida to London. With recently announced great results and general good news Frida proves to be not only a brilliant creative director but something of a magician," Shulman said in her toast.

Canapé puddings, specially created Gucci chocolates and some grooving away to Richard Ashcroft from Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl completed the rest of the evening.

See some of the guests at Vogue's Gucci dinner here.

Source: Vogue