When I hosted my London Fashion Week Preview at 5 Hertford Street for my new Millinery Collection, sponsored by Charbonnel et Walker, an unexpected guest was Stuart Rose who happened to be having lunch at the club when his famous fashion retailer’s eye caught sight of my hats on display in the club’s screening room on the first floor.
I think he had been having lunch in the courtyard. Anyhow, the former head of Marks & Spencer, recently ennobled, had not been on my original guest list but when he popped his head around the door of my Fashion Week salon – as I was setting up – he was clearly intrigued by the array of my hats along being tried on by various guests and my new brand ambassadors, including the actresses Georgina Rylance and Charlotte Radford. Stuart was very modest and polite saying that he used to ‘have something to do with the fashion business’ and we just started chatting.
Charbonnel et Walker’s owner Galvin Weston was also present at the salon. I had made a special hat for the event using the same colour of navy blue silk ribbon that matches the navy blue colour of Charbonnel et Walker in their brand logo and exquisitely packages ribbons. Galvin seemed to love the one-off Charbonnel hat I created and I am now very much looking forward to making some exclusive Charbonnel hats for their Bond Street chocolatier shop window displays.
What delighted me most about the Fashion Week salon was that Stuart then popped in not only once during the afternoon tea salon but twice. I wasn’t entirely sure if he was there to check out my hats again or the glamorous models and girls – including my friends India Clarke, Louise Acton, Sabrina Lopes and Tatler’s Sophia Money-Coutts – that kept arriving but Stuart was utterly charming. I would most certainly love to work with Stuart if he ever wants to get back into fashion business !