Vivienne Westwood throws lavish party to celebrate catwalk success – along with the the climate conscious cool crowd and and a horde of adoring fashionistasPrivate dinner held at Embassy Brasserie in MayfairGuests partied afterwards at Salon nightclubVivienne Westwood attended with husband Andreas KronthalerClimate Change activists collected money for Westwood's charity campaign
00:22 GMT, 18 September 2012
She is the grande dame of the catwalk with more pedigree than the rest of the London Fashion Week designers put together.
And last night, Vivienne Westwood celebrated yet another successful runway show with a packed-to-the-rafters party at Embassy Brasserie.
The maverick British designer invited a circle of friends and industry pals to a dinner at the Mayfair restaurant – the second year running she has chosen Embassy for her after-show party… they must be doing something right.
Arrivals: Vivienne Westwood with husband Andreas Kronthaler at Embassy Brasserie for her post-show party
Double act: Vivienne works closely with Andreas, her former fashion student and husband of 17 years
A flock of colourful creatures flooded W1 dressed in their finest, filling the restaurant until they spilled out onto the terrace.
Westwood, whose Red Label catwalk show was held at the Government's Foreign Office earlier that day, arrived on the arm of husband Andreas Kronthaler after sitting front row at Philip Treacy's brilliant comeback show at the Royal Courts of Justice..
But for all her success as a designer, and for all the fashionistas, bloggers, stylists and journalists queuing up to get a bit of Westwood wisdom, Westwood herself , who looked as striking as ever in a dress of her own design, says now she cares little for fashion, using it only as a platform to promote her environmental work.
Flamboyant: The upmarket Mayfair postcode got an injection of colour as hundreds of partygoers joined Vivienne Westwood at London Fashion Week's hottest post-show party
Fashion fabulous: Vivienne Westwood enjoyed Benoit Marmoiton's menu with friends at Embassy Brasserie last night
At her show finale she took to the runway in a pair of hot pants and a T-shirt bearing the words Climate Revolution, a moustache and monacle inked on her face with a marker pen, telling her guests to 'Buy less, choose well, make it last.' Wise words…
At the party, Vivienne's Climate Change warriors roamed the room, collecting money for her charity.
Guests were left in the expert hands of the restaurant's new star chef, the irrepressible Benoit Marmoiton (how does he keep smiling while serving up 100 covers at once), who brought out delicate scallop carpaccio, burrata with heirloom tomatoes or beef carpaccio, followed by roast cod served with Mediterranean vegetables in Le Creuset pots or slow-cooked beef with roasted new potatoes.
It's all about the glamour: Olivia Grant gorgeous in sequins, Laura Whitmore cool in hot pants and Toululah Adeyemi in stunning prints
Pudding – yes, fashionistas DO eat pud – was chocolate mousse with a hazelnut twist, strawberry tart or creme brule.
The soundtrack to the meal was Vivaldi – a personal request from Vivienne, who adores classical music – and the atmosphere in the buzzy restaurant, fuelled by a cool crowd (Nellee Hooper, Tolula Adeyemi, Olivia
Grant, Lady Victoria Hervey and Laura Whitmore joined in the fun before joining the party downstairs) plus heady Ciroc vodka cocktails and excited chatter was such that it was past midnight when guests poured through the doors down the red-lit staircase to nightclub Salon for a riotous party that went on till the wee hours.
Actress Olivia Grant, dressed in oh-so-glam sequins, said she hadn't made it to enough fashion week shows thanks to her filming schedule for new TV show Endeavour – but that she planned to make up for it tonight. 'I have to be up at 7.30am for work, but I think I may pull an all-nighter in honour of fashion week,' she said.
Presenter Laura Whitmore, who'd been busy filming for MTV during London Fashion Week, said she was looking forward to Pam Hogg's show tomorrow as she recently famously designed Mary Charteris' wedding dress
Co-owner and operator Dan Kapp said it was a 'total pleasure' to host the Vivienne Westwood dinner for a second season at Embassy Brasserie. 'We love that we share Dame Vivienne's passion for supporting young, interesting talent and artists at Salon too,' he said.
The atmosphere was electric, the vibe addictive – to the point that at 3am when sensible London Fashion Week goers should be tucked up in face masks preparing for the next day's early start, they were getting their rocks off to Jay-Z, playing table football or posing for photos with the club's giant white gorilla statue – which is set to be auctioned off for Cool Earth later this month (say your goodbyes now).
A fitting end to a fabulous day for fashion's favourite Dame.