Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Stylishly surreal

Hello dear readers, old and new! It seems I was mentioned in the Times on Monday, which has led to more visitors, so if you're finding me through that, welcome! Pull up a pew and make yourselves at home!

I just wanted to show off the pictures from my super amazing (if I say so myself), surrealism-themed Halloween party! This party may prove to be the swansong of The Fox Presents, since though the guests all had a smashing time (or so they told me), it was entirely stressful from beginning to end. Some issues I will not go into, but the main shadow that cast a pall over the whole shindig was the appalling behaviour of Pernod Ricard.

They were, as you might recall, supposed to be sponsoring our event with their Absinthe. I organise, work at, and attend many events which feature sponsorship by spirits companies, and the premise is simple - they supply a quantity of their product, in exchange for the promotion and exposure. After the meeting the team had with Pernod, this is exactly what was agreed. Well, we fulfilled our part of the bargain, with the logo plastered all over our flyers, the website and this very blog; and the sampling of the free absinthe was an important part of the exposure as well. But at 6pm, two hours before the doors opened, our contact at Pernod got in touch and asked the manager of the Fox, 'You have bought the stock for the downstairs bar, haven't you?', to which he replied, rather non-plussed, that they were supposed to be supplying it. Well, she declared, if we hadn't bought in the necessary extra bottles, then she wasn't going to be doing the free fountain for us upstairs. No room for negotiation, and we weren't going to be able to get hold of such a quantity at the 11th hour. Even if we could afford it, which we can't. Absinthe is a very expensive drink to buy, even wholesale. But so is Hendrick's Gin, and they manage to supply a lot of it to sponsored events, in exchange for the promotion. We were happy offering our normal gin (etc) cocktails, and were only doing absinthe ones for Pernod, as they approached us! And so that was that.

Bear in mind that for one hour of free absinthe, plus enough for a small fraction of the cocktails sold (because not everyone likes the stuff and almost no one would drink more than one absinthe cocktail), we would have needed probably five bottles. Six at most. Perhaps two or three of them for the cocktails. So thanks Pernod. Thanks a lot.

Instead, we ran to Lounge Bohemia and got one bottle and to the wholesalers for a quantity of gin, at our own cost, and gave away punches for the first hour. No one seemed to mind, so we thank our amazing and generous guests for that.

If you fancy buying a bottle of absinthe in the future, why not go for something with a bit more class, like La Fee? ;)

Onto the fun bit now - photos! It was a very badly-kept secret that I was going to dress as Frida Kahlo for the night, complete with monobrow (but without moustache - what if there were handsome men there?!). It turned out brilliantly, again, if I say so myself! Here is a self-portrait!

I wore a beautiful reproduction 1930s dress in Halloween black and orange, purchased from the very talented Lauren at Wearing History. Though it in itself was not particularly Frida, the overall look was, I'm told. I was also told the monobrow suited me... not sure I'll encourage that one though! Hehe.

Onto some more photos of the night, pinched with permission from the amazing Agness Lugowska. You may remember Agness took the pictures for my Watercress Line Charity Calendar (please follow the link and buy one, if you so desire!). Agness looked brilliant in her costume, as did her friends, as indeed did every one of our amazingly stylish guests!

As you can see, we did keep the absinthe theme, with green liquid in bottles, surrounded by rose petals and apples!

Our guests looked amazing, especially Redlegs in her Dia de los Muertos outfit! There was a real mix of themed, traditional and downright crazy costumes! That's Agness with Beetlejuice!

The other key members of our team - Emerald Fontaine and the beautiful ReeRee Rockette, who was the perfect door dragon!

I have pinched these shots from the gorgeous (or should that be Gorgon?) Retro Chick, who you can see below right. The Lovecraftian eyes was possibly my favourite makeup job (well done lady!), but my friend Farhan went more topical in his choice. One person on the night told me they found his outfit offensive. But, like I did with 'Heidi Heil' at the Chap Olympiad, I am posting the picture here proudly. People are apparently most afraid of terrorists above all else, at the moment. Nothing reduces their power more than making them a figure of fun and ridicule, and I loved Farhan's costume and the sentiments behind it. He didn't go on the underground with the 'dynamite' strapped on though. ;)

Last but not least, some more photos of me!

Thank you everyone who made it an amazing night - the team, Albert Ball's Flying Aces, DJ Fruity and all the wonderful guests.

I'll be back soon with talk of winter V.I. Buys, lingerie, afternoon tea and more events for your diary!

Fleur xx


  1. What a shame about Pernod Ricard. Just returned from Paris and imbibed more than my fair share and was going to get some. Ho hum. I have a bottle of La Fee mercifully! Fleur you make a swell Frida. I hope to be at your next bash

    Toodle Pip x

  2. Fleur, you looked absoluetly amazing and stunning!

    What a fantastic event, I do hope you'll run more in the future (and I'll have the guts to actually attend one...)

    Good to know about Pernod, as you say, La Fee all the way!

  3. How I wish I lived closer to London with all those fabulous events going on (annoying brother recently moved from there to Ireland - nice but not as useful were he was!!)

    As usul Fleur, you looked wonderful as did all the other guests...I'm kermit green with envy!!

    Polly xx

  4. It was a fabulous evening ! We enjoyed every minute - the Gin cocktails were divine !

    Thanks a mill xx

  5. We also enjoyed every minute of the evening, it may have been stressful, but from my point of view not a hitch was noticed!

    I recommend Sebor Absinthe, that's what I always used to drink. I might invest in another bottle for Christmas actually!

  6. love your blog!
    brilliant original costume! never seen anyone go as Frida before


  7. Great pics!

    wooow... fantastic your look <3

    Ivânia Diamond*

  8. you looked incredible!
    This year I did half skull on my self and I out on a fascinator which looked a bit quirky. The make up was very similar to one of the ladies in the photo.

  9. Looks like a fantastic event, despite the problems with the drinks. I'm amazed that a company so big could get it so wrong! I hope you find the energy to organise at least one more of these events as I'd love to come along.

  10. too bad about the sponsor debacle, but you looked fabulous and what a cool event it must have been!

  11. Firstly: your Frida costume is magnificent, Fleur!!! I love it!

    That is too bad about the liquor company being so annoying and not upholding their end of the bargain. I have yet to try absinthe (I admit: I tend to stick to my much-favored g&t's. Such a boring gal!), but now I know which brand to avoid. ;)

    Once again, I am hugely envious of all of you London folks who get to go to such splendid-looking events!!!!

    ♥ Casey | blog

  12. So sorry for how rotten the thing with the absinthe company went. Boo! (and not in a fun Halloween way).

    You look amazing a Frida!! I *love* what you did with that dress and the flowers in your hair. Yay!

    Everyone looks amazing. Looks like a fun party :)

  13. Well next time I buy absinthe it shall certainly not be Pernod - what a-holes! I'm so sorry I missed this, it looks like it was such fun and your Frida costume was incredible x

  14. Love your Frida costume! Also booooo re Pernod, that's really not on is it! I think we usually buy La Fee anyway ;o) I hate giving my money to companies who let people down so horribly, grrrr

  15. It looked a fantastic night was had by all, you look amazing as always and I love Redlegs makeup :) xx

  16. Wow ! What a crazy Halloween night, beautiful outfits and incredible looks !!! And you looked so beautiful dressed as Frida... Love your blog !

  17. I am sorry to hear about the drink people. :( Boo

    However I think you need to come back to AZ and throw a super bash like the ones you partake in over there. WE NEED YOU!!

  18. Yes, you look beautyful even with monobrow!!!

    Shame for Pernod-Ricard...surely I won't buy absinth from them after your experience!


  19. Looks like great fun lady! Counting down until December... can't wait to see you!

  20. Wowo you're an amazing Frida kahlo !!! She's my art godess... You're wonderfull . That's a very nice tribute to her...

  21. What bad form from Pernod!Boo hiss to them i say!
    You, my dear look stunning.I love Frida & you pull it off very well indeed,glad you didn't go with the moustache though lol:)
    I laughed my head off at your mates costume,that's brilliant!Pftt to the people that were offended ,your comment about taking away their power by making them objects of ridicule is spot on.
    Not wearing the bomb on the train was probably a good call though LOL!

  22. Amazing photos sounds like you had fun! I am following you, I love your blog!!

  23. what an amazing, amazing costume! I love it. looks like a great night, though it's a shame about Pernod :(

  24. Oh you look wonderful as Frida! Everyone looks wonderful.
    How terrible of Pernod!

  25. Fab costumes!

    You know what, good for Farhan wearing that. I would imagine he has to put with ignorant people thinking he's a terrorist anyway (I knew an Asian bloke with a beard and for several weeks after 7/7 no one would sit next to him on the bus...), so good for him to push it that bit further and go, "Hehehehe, well I really look like a terrorist now, don't I?!" Humour is always good for diffusing fear anyway. Hohoho... I said diffuse....

  26. hello dear Fleur!
    Your halloween party was really amazing!!
    I loved your costume!!

    kisses from Brazil

  27. your costume is awsome perfect,
    a very good idea !!
    your make up is always perfedt i love it !

  28. What a fantastic idea that Frida costume!
    Beautiful Fleur!

  29. What Fun!! Some truly inspired costumes. You look beautiful as Frida-very well done

  30. Your costume is the best :D. I would never have thought about dressing up like that, but I must say it looks great.

    I borrowed a picture of you dressed up and posted it in one of my entries, and put in the link for your blog. I hope that's ok :).

  31. Your costume was brilliant, Fleur! You looked gorgeous, as always. :) Everyone looked like they had a blast and I love all the costumes.

    What a low down dirty thing to do to you! I am disgusted with Pernod Ricard and will spread the word among my absinthe-drinking friends.

  32. I noticed a person in one of the pictures dressed a dia de los Muertos lady and then your costume as Frida, and I thought, oh the world is getting smaller. Its strange and wonderful to me to think of people all the way in England enjoying Mexican culture as my town just did with their annual all souls procession. I live in one of those American states that once belonged to Mexico and has a very rich Mexican history and culture. Anyway It's been illuminating and lovely.


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