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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The House of Peroni : Italian Fashion & Red Carpet Glamour...

For those of you who liked our recent House of Peroni post, you'll be happy to hear we're back with part two. If you read and paid attention, you'll remember me saying that honorary mouse and jolly good friend, Julia McColl went along to a talk held at ‘The House’ on the influence Italian fashion has had on the Oscars’ red carpet. Take it away Julia Mouse...

When the email from Middle Mouse popped into my inbox with the opening line "I thought you might like this..." I immediately said yes! A chance to check out The House of Peroni and to talk red carpet fashion was far too good to turn down! 

The venue is an artistic pop-up, housing a restaurant hosted by Michelin starred brothers, a rooftop bar and copious art and design exhibitions. Having scheduled a super cool events calender for July, The House of Peroni is being reincarnated in November for what I hope is a more permanent post.

So I arrived, slightly more fashionably late than planned and significantly hotter than planned, wishing that I had a wardrobe of Italian designer outfits from which to dress. Now I do not pretend to be a fashion expert (far from it!) and I must confess I didn't immediately recognise all of the speakers (Sorry Three Bad Mice!) It's fair to say I had a lot to learn!

The evening was hosted by Colin McDowell and he was accompanied with three top speakers; Stylist Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Laura Weir from the Sunday Times Style and Designer Antonio Berardi for an evening of chat, questions and gossip. 
 

The night was spent discussing a number of red carpet classics with some great insight into the gossip and stories behind them. I've included my favourites below... 

The shock effect as Gwyneth loses the squeaky clean image, in a Berardi dress of course...


J'Lo at her hottest - stopping just before the line of vulgarity is crossed...! 


Emma Watson's Berardi jacket with 'that' dress... 


Even Victoria needed a style evolution "she would hate you for digging that photo out"...


Anniston rocking the new regime of Valentino... 


The chat was lighthearted and fascinating, these were a group that not only knew their stuff but really had a passion for red carpet glamour. I listened in awe as they recounted countless tales of last minute outfit changes, financial 'incentives' to encourage certain outfit choices and hotel rooms taken over by dresses and jewellery - total dream! I can honestly say I had never realised how little I knew surrounding this subject and would highly recommend the events regardless of your fashion know-how. 
 
The House of Peroni doors are now sadly shut but I'll be first in line when they re-open again in November - watch this space...
 

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