Lavish décor, world-class entertainment and star-studded guest lists – what could be a better, more indulgent antidote to those pesky back-to-school vibes? Socialites, A-listers and VIPs are gearing up for a truly extravagant end of 2023, and Venice Film Festival is the first major checkpoint.
Here's who made it on the guest list of the swankiest soirees in August & September...
Kate Moss celebrates one year of Cosmoss
On Monday September 18, supermodel Kate Moss celebrated one year of her wellness brand Cosmoss by hosting a serene breakfast for friends and VIPs at Annabels, collaborating with Deepak Chopra. After a panel discussion about the importance of balance, boundaries and calm in The Garden, Dr. Chopra led a multi-sensorial guided meditation on the ‘Divine Feminine’. Guests experienced ‘COSMOSS Calm’ in the meditation space, surrounded by an installation of English wildflowers by Wild at Heart and scented with the brand’s signature scent Sacred Mist. Attendees included Patricia Caring, Sam McKnight and Rosemary Ferguson.
ES Magazine x Paco Rabanne LFW party
One of London’s most exclusive private members clubs, Mark’s Club, hosted Paco Rabanne’s London Fashion Week party in conjunction with ES Magazine. Stylish guests stepped out on Friday September 15 to celebrate, including Kate Moss’ daughter Lila Moss, who also attended her mother’s Cosmoss anniversary party on the same night, Gen-Z fashion icon Mia Regan, and TV presenter AJ Odudu.
Lila oozed cool in an all-black ensemble. She paired leather mini shorts with a sheer black top, layered with a black blazer and finished off with slender black pointed heels.
Mia is Gen-Z's answer to Alexa Chung - she's constantly putting her signature, edgy twist on classic outfits. She wore a high-neck sleeveless leather top with a slit, paired with a sheer lace skirt complete with leather belts across the thighs and a statement ruffle trim.
AJ looked ultra glam in the coolest blue slip dress adorned with metallic studs. She paired it with large silver hoop earrings, cuff bracelets and a gold chrome manicure that we're taking notes on for the upcoming party season.
Rita Ora x Primark launch party
Rita Ora hosted an incredible party at Ambika P3 to celebrate the launch of her first ever clothing collection, in collaboration with Primark. Some of fashion’s biggest tastemakers, influencers and VIPs stepped out the art gallery in Marylebone where Rita surprised guests with a performance in the evening. The cool-girls were out in full force, as guests included former Hello! Fashion cover girls, Leomie Anderson and Neelam Gill.
Before her performance, Rita gave double denim a cool-girl makeover in a cropped waistcoat paired with a matching maxi skirt, both from the new collection. She paired with black strappy platform heels and a neon pink 90s-esque handbag.
Leomie stunned in a grey striped blazer with a matching asymmetrical mini skirt and a bralet underneath. She paired it with pointed calf-high boots and a black bag.
Fashion model Neelam Gill opted for the coolest sheer lace blouse and maxi skirt set paired with grungry knee-high Miu Miu boots.
V&A’s 'Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto' Party
On September 13, the V&A hosted an exclusive private viewing of the 'Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto' exhibition. A-list attendees immersed themselves in over 200 iconic looks, accessories, perfumes, and jewelry pieces that echoed Gabrielle's groundbreaking fashion philosophy. Her innovative approach to design not only redefined elegance but also left an indelible mark on women's fashion, shaping our sartorial choices even today. The event was a captivating journey through the timeless legacy of Chanel, a testament to the enduring impact of one woman's visionary style.
You know it's a bash worth going to when Hugh Grant shows up, his impeccably dressed wife Anna Elisabet of course wore... what else? Chanel. A white tweed mini to be precise.
Princess Beatrice beguiled in a beautiful corset dress from royal-approved label The Vampire's Wife.
Model-turned-advocate, Noella Coursaris dazzled in a Chanel co-ord and contrasting pink bag.
Style icon Poppy Delevingne plumped for a harlequin print Chanel jumper paired with oxblood leather flares for the soirée.
Hello! Fashion's digital editor Natalie Salmon attended alongside Lily Worcester, with Natalie opting for a Nara Niro co-ord and vintage Chanel jewellery from Susan Caplan paired with a vintage Chanel bag sourced from MyWardrobeHQ at Harrods.
Elle Style Awards 2023
The Elle Style Awards, consistently attracts a star-studded guest list that showcases the epitome of elegance and trendsetting. Each year, the red carpet becomes a runway as celebrities, models, and designers flaunt their sartorial prowess. Guests at the event this year gathered at Old Sessions House to effortlessly captured the essence of cutting-edge fashion. From iconic actresses such as Billie Piper to fashion icons like Florence Pugh, the Elle Style Awards continue to be a playground for fashion experimentation, and the guests serve as a testament to the ever-evolving and diverse world of fashion.
Suki Waterhouse, 31-year-old model turned actress, made a striking impression in an elegant Fendi Couture gown featuring a revealing black bodysuit with a Bardot neckline and a transparent sequin overlay. Her attire beautifully highlighted her long and graceful legs, as well as her slender waist. To complete the stylish look, she paired the outfit with heels that added to her stature and jewels by Tiffany & Co.
Billie Piper drew all eyes to her with a striking blue suit, complemented by a coordinating wide-brimmed hat. The satin outfit featured a deep-plunging blazer and matching flared pants, culminating in a chic Harry Styles-esque aesthetic. To accentuate the ensemble, she added a large black floral choker, showcasing her unique sense of style.
Actress Gemma Chan made a dazzling entrance at the Elle Style Awards in a champagne-pink satin gown adorned with lingerie-inspired lace detailing. The gown's soft hue complemented her complexion exquisitely, and the lace detailing added a touch of sensuality to the ensemble.
Florence Pugh, the 27-year-old star of Oppenheimer, made a stunning statement at the event in a sheer lace halter neck dress, adorned with intricate floral appliqué and skillfully placed beading, styled with jewels by Tiffany & Co. The fishtail gown was impeccably tailored, while she added a burst of color to the ensemble with her vibrant blue manicure.
Model Mia Regan made a bold fashion statement, opting for a striking white dress paired with sheer tights and black platforms. Her outfit showcased a fusion of elegance and edginess, and the towering black shoes added a contemporary twist. The unique ensemble emphasised Regan's flair for pushing the boundaries and setting herself apart as a trendsetter at the prestigious event.
Venice Film Festival's amfAR gala
Featuring special performances by Rita Ora and Leona Lewis, Venice Film Festival's amfAR was the gala of the moment. Held in 'The Floating City', the exuberant ball was held in honour of Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Dedicated to raising "vital funds for research" and increasing "much-needed visibility for the fight against HIV/AIDS", the gala welcomed the likes of A-lister Kate Beckinsale, actress Bella Thorne, model and Hello! Fashion cover star Hana Cross for a luxurious evening consisting of a black-tie seated dinner and a live auction of contemporary artworks.
Marc Cain celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 31 with a star-studded fashion show at their headquarters in Bodelshausen, Germany. Front-row names included Diane Kruger, Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer and Hello! Fashion's Feb 2023 cover girl Leonie Hanne. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova stepped out of a golden elevator to open the show with the exclusive 50-piece anniversary collection, which was shown for the first time. Accompanied by the brand founder and owner Helmut Schlotterer, they appeared together on the catwalk to close the show together. Titled 'Midsummer Night's Dream', the show transported the audience to an enchanted forest with a dominating leopard print spotted all throughout the set and the exclusive anniversary collection, as well as showcasing the highlights of AW24 and a preview of SS24.