The art of parties and beyond

Selfridges
Mar 9, '06: When London's fashion finest turn up early to a party, you know it's big. The party in question was the launch of Selfridges' month-long Future Punk exhibit, and the line to get in was like the Roxy in the seventies. It included designers Pam Hogg and John Richmond, DJ Princess Julia, actor Keith Allen and club legends Phillip Salon (in a shaving-cream headpiece) and Phil Dirtbox. Inside the store's temporary Ultralounge, artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster held court to designer Bella Freud and filmmaker Chris Cunningham. Representing the press were Dazed & Confused's editor-in-chief, Nicki Bidder, partying with Arena Homme Plus editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Furniss, style.com's Sarah Mower and The Telegraph's Hilary Alexander. Pop editor-in-chief Katie Grand, joined by fellow editor Simon Robins, was out to celebrate the opening of Pop's Shop, the magazine's boutique within Ultralounge (get ready to line up for exclusive punk pieces from Lanvin and Miu Miu). The superstylist wore a serious party dress hot off friend Giles Deacon's fall '06 catwalk. Also in her gang were accessories queen Katie Hillier, Luella Bartley, Hazel Robinson, Stuart Vevers and photographer David Sims. Later, everyone gawked at the New York Dolls live, proving they've still got the punch to go with their growing paunches. Other punk dinosaurs were ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock chatting about old Westwood days, Adam & The Ants' Marco Pirroni and Don Letts, who showed some reggae love on the decks. As for the new rock crop, there were The Kills, complete with a "we're not impressed" stance. Guess meeting your heroes isn't what it used to be. —Lauren Cochrane



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