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‘It’s the fifth city now’: Stella McCartney’s L.A. party highlights fashion’s shifting axis

Jemima Kirke and Katy Perry. (Photos by David X Prutting/

There was Sarah Silverman colluding in a corner with Chelsea Handler like sister wives, Katy Perry walking through the space in a turban, Gwyneth giving as much Goop as she got, and an actual Beach Boy on the keys. Globes? What Globes?

Stella McCartney proved the most golden on Jan. 12 when she threw a gobsmacking party – even by Los Angeles standards – right in the middle of awards seasons. Destination: Amoeba Music, on Sunset Boulevard – one of the largest record shops in the world, with an estimated 250,000 titles in stock. The plan of action: The legumes-eating darling, in her typically off-beat way, was presenting her Autumn 2016 collection, knotting together the catwalk and music (as is her birthright). Despite having never “shown” in Los Angeles before, she not only attracted an celebrity-civilian ratio of 1:4, but also was in on the latest demonstration of L.A.’s fashion might.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney.

“It’s the fifth city now,” uber-stylist Rachel Zoe was gushing to me at the party, making the point that the axis of fashion has moved so that the palm tree-friendly town falls now as a fashion centre after Milan, Paris, London, and New York. As close observers will tell you, it all picked up steam when Hedi Slimane decided to make L.A. his base when he scooted into the creative director job at Saint Laurent, and has only crystallized further, over the last year, with both Tom Ford and Burberry doing full-on runway shows here for the first time.

Making my way into the virgin Stella-does-L.A. shindig, a few things stuck: There were spurting rainbows, plenty of neon, people eating pie out of custom Stella’s Pizza boxes, sweet young things on pinball machines, mysteriously accented people who liked to say “lift” and “crisps”...and the all-too-great Mary J. Blige talking to the designer of the hour herself.

Making my way past Demi Lovato, Nicole Richie and a woman who I later discovered was a primo “tattoo removal specialist” (when in L.A.!), I also noticed that that Elvis’s granddaughter (Riley Keough!) had also come to pay homage to the daughter of a Beatle. And not only that...but an actual Beatle was there! Ringo was in the house.


The clothes fit the tenor of the party: easy sexy, with plenty of Laurel Canyon-ready silhouettes, and animal prints (complete with the cat’s pajamas – PJs with cats all over them!). The models, who were just flouncing around, shoulder-shimmied like the rest of the crowd to the string of not-kidding-around musical acts who performed during the night – ones that included not only Brian Wilson (electrifying!), but also Pink (great!), and a last-but-not-least ghoulish pas de deux between Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp!

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp.

Other guests at the party? They included Kate Hudson, Kate Upton, Angelica Huston, Orlando Bloom, Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne (did you know they were together?!), Pamela Anderson, Dave Grohl, Lily Rose-Depp, Quincy Jones, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Selma Blair, Elizabeth Olsen, and Kiernan Shipka.

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Kate Hudson.
Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman.

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