LONDON — The weather outside is frightful, with dark skies and plummeting temperatures, while hyper-organized Brits have already begun soaking dried fruit for their Christmas cakes, so why not start celebrating the holidays early?
That’s just what Christopher Kane and Paul Smith did, holding back-to-back parties on Thursday — and on opposite ends of town — to get everyone into the holiday mind-set.
“I love a traditional Christmas tree — I always have,” said Kane, who decked the halls of Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel with slogans from his More Joy collection, originally inspired by “The Joy of Sex” series of books.
The baubles on Kane’s Christmas tree at the Ace Hotel’s restaurant in Shoreditch read “Sex,” “Special” and “More Joy,” and while not necessarily traditional, they certainly were original. They also played to Kane’s fascination with the natural world, science and human bonding.
Christopher Kane’s alternative Christmas baubles.
Guests, including Tammy Kane, Roksanda Ilincic, Oriole Cullen, Zandra Rhodes and Laura Carmichael, ate cakes, sandwiches and scones, and downed Champagne and gin-laced More Joy cocktails.
Across town, at the Matchesfashion town house on Carlos Place in Mayfair, fellow British designer Sir Paul Smith was warming up the crowds with even more Champagne, bacon-wrapped sausages and tiny