These Are All The Celebrities Who Went to Burberry's L.A. Show
Everyone -- and we do mean everyone -- was there, including Anna Wintour and the Beckham clan.
According to Burberry insiders, the fashion house’s much-anticipated “London in Los Angeles” event at Griffith Observatory took a year and a half to pull off, from the planning stages all the way to Thursday night’s execution at sunset.
And it was worth the wait.
Magnificent. Amazing. Epic. Those are just a few of the words one could hear lobbied across the sprawling grounds around the iconic L.A. destination, used to describe for Christopher Bailey’s big night which saw a parade of his designs (from the fall 2015 collection) presented along with a gorgeous parade of evening looks (think crimson, embroidery and even fringe) that will be exclusive to the Rodeo Drive flagship.
The store was presented as the reason for Burberry’s string of parties in town as of late since the store opened in November culminating in Thursday night's epic event (the brand also partnered with L.A.'s Hammer Museum on an architecture exhibit running through May 24), but the strong collection and Bailey's global mindset also surely played a huge part in the massive investment for the L.A. event. (Though not confirmed, sources at the party were whispering that the total cost for the event could run as high as eight figures).
The jaw-dropping view delivered by the Griffith Observatory deck was equally matched by the nearly 40-minute dramatic runway presentation and musical performance portion of the evening which was bookended by a sunset cocktail party in an English garden setting (complete with string quartets) and a lively, moonlit post-show soiree. But about the music: Burberry went for timeless soul music from a quartet of solo singer-songwriters who performed during the presentation including George Ezra, Tom Odell, Clare Maguire and Benjamin Clementine, the latter who sang at the end while the stage transformed to reveal a stunning recreation of the London skyline.
The production values throughout were stellar and no detail was spared, from the wrought iron gates with the Burberry logo at the gravel-laden entrance (customized and installed for the event) through the grand performance of the First Battalion Grenadier Guards, a royal favorite live from London. The storied British label picked a fitting spot for its L.A. fete considering the observatory dates back to 1935.
History aside, the buzz before the runway presentation centered on the middle section inside the observatory's main hall, which counted a front row of Brits including Anna Wintour, David and Victoria Beckham (and Brooklyn, Romeo -- who appeared in Burberry's holiday campaign -- , Cruz and Harper, too!), Elton John (with husband David Furnish) and James Corden (with wife Julia Carey). Brits were everywhere: Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham, Suki Waterhouse, Tom Felton, Jamie Bell, Daisy Ridley, Kate Moss’ husband Jamie Hince and Ellie Goulding, the latter of whom said she was "lucky enough" to be invited. And that's coming from someone who sang at Prince William and Duchess Kate's wedding.
“My kid will want to buy all of it. It’s so beautiful," Lourd revealed. "I loved all the clothes.”
Wintour called the collection "extraordinary."
We managed to snag more adjectives out of few others.
“It was to the hilt,” smiled Petra Flannery post-show. “They did a spectacular job bringing London to LA the way that they did.” As for the clothes, THR’s No. 1 stylist on the fifth annual ranking of the 25 Most Powerful Stylists said the collection was “on another level.” “I love the clothes — very bohemian chic. I saw so many things that inspire me from all the different combinations, interesting details, the quilting and the floral prints, and the Indian-inspired mirrored textures."
Longtime Bailey pal Ryan Seacrest also marveled at what Bailey has been able to build — both with the brand and with Thursday's show. "I’m so proud of what Christopher has done with Burberry as a company here in the U.S. and around the world. It’s incredible to see what he’s done with the brand. I’m a personal friend and a personal fan of his work and he’s been kind enough to deck me out at the Oscars and the Emmys and Idol for over a decade." (Though ever since Seacrest launched his own suit line last August, his Burberry credits have been few and far between).
Aside from seeing Seacrest in Burberry once again, invitees got a rare (well, semi-rare these days) chance to see Naomi Campbell work the runway. The supermodel, and recent Empire star, took two turns down the runway and was received by genuine applause. Campbell appears in the current Testino-shot Burberry campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. But it was Corden who closed the show. And he loved every minute of it.
"It’s so silly and it speaks a lot about them as a company that they are the best because they take what they do very, very seriously but they don’t take themselves seriously at all," Corden told THR after the show. "That is a beautiful thing to behold."