London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane was the host of an elite glossary of 2,000 guests. The night was a theatrical celebration of the very best of British culture and fashion. The esteemed Anna Wintour was the mastermind behind this kaleidoscopic event. Wintour’s dynasty at Vogue is leading the conversation on high fashion and is shifting the tone on how people offer their support to the theatre industry.
Wintour stated, ‘The arts are under threat in the UK and VOGUE World will be a timely reminder of how important they are, how vital a part of our lives, and how much they need our support.’
Proceeds from the event benefitted a wide range of performing arts organisations in the capital. From the National Theatre and Royal Opera House to the Royal Ballet, Southbank Sinfonia, and the Rambert Dance Company.
“The arts are under threat in the UK and VOGUE World will be a timely reminder of how important they are…”Anna Wintour
An air of regality filled the room with prestigious figures in every seat. This reinvention of the typical fashion show was seasoned with theatrical performances galore. The show was performed in acts, the first being the entrance of the hypnotising Kate Moss.
John Galliano dressed Moss backstage in custom Mason Margiela which was an ethereal dream to say the least. The model strutted her way to the main stage while the theatre was serenaded by opera singer Hongni Wu.
The second act offered a stark contrast to the first; with FKA Twigs storming the stage alongside dancers from Rambert.
It was a riotous scene as models were twisting around the theatre wearing dark ensembles. Cara Delevigne made an appearance and even planted a kiss on Twigs mid performance.
Stormzy and Sophie Okonedo were mesmerising. Both wearing Vivienne Westwood while Stormzy performed his song Crown. Okonedo recited a soliloquy from Henry IV Part II which ended with the line, ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.’ Putting these outstanding talents together was a stroke of genius. Their collaboration was an ode to fellow artist and Londerer, William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in Vogue
Shakespearean references continued into act four. Tom Sturridge and Helena Wilson reenacted a modernised Romeo and Juliet with the pair going clubbing as this act gracefully bled into the next. Wilson wore a white Alberta Ferretti frock and Loewe wings in reference to the 1996 edition of Romeo and Juliet. A cult of models sporting jaw-dropping garments tore through the scene.
Replicating an intermission, Act Five included Sienna Miller, Cush Jumbo, James Cordon, Damian Lewis, and James McAvoy who comedically took on new roles as ushers. Their sketch highlighted the harsh realities of working in the West End and what it’s like having the dream of seeing yourself appear on the stage while consistently serving behind the scenes. This act was intended as a reminder of the people who hold the theatre together and who are the backbone of such productions.
The heir to her mother’s throne, Lila Moss, appeared in a monochrome gown as part of a tribute to My Fair Lady – the longest running musical in Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s astounding history. Annie Lennox sang ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ flanked by the London Community Gospel Choir. Lennox wore a custom Richard Quinn suit that read ‘God Save the World’ as the catwalk commenced on either side of the singer.
This was the most breath-taking act so far…until
The Victory Lap
Titans of the supermodel world, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista flaunted their status after four iconic, legendary, and incomparable careers. They conquered and ruled the 90s. A victory lap was an order.
This will undoubtedly not be the final curtain call for such top tear fashion supremes. Yet again, timelessly making their mark on history. This scene was everything but ordinary. It was a finale for the ages.
The audience had their appetites satiated with this six-act symphony of stories. What a way to kick off London Fashion Week.