Lon­don comes call­ing on L.A.

Los Angeles Times - - DESIGNERS - BOOTH MOORE FASH­ION CRITIC booth.moore@la­times.com

Bri­tain came to L.A. Thurs­day night when Burberry hosted an epic bash and run­way show at the Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory in the shadow of the Hol­ly­wood sign, with David, Vic­to­ria, Brook­lyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Beckham; El­ton John, Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley, Cara Delev­ingne, Ja­son Statham, Jan­uary Jones and Anna Win­tour among the 700 guests.

The Bri­tish luxury brand and its chief cre­ative and ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Christo­pher Bai­ley, pulled out all the stops, from the ma­jes­tic U.S. and Bri­tish flags wav­ing over­head as guests ap­proached the park­ing lot to the spe­cially made Ge­or­gianstyle wrought iron gates at the en­trance, fea­tur­ing the ob­ser­va­tory in sil­hou­ette. A run­way show tent was erected in front of the ob­ser­va­tory for the oc­ca­sion, and placed at each seat was a checked Burberry scarf with the spe­cific guest’s mono­grammed ini­tials.

The evening be­gan with sun­set cock­tails (and photo ops) in a lav-en­der-and rose-filled gar­den.

The run­way show fea­tured an en­core pre­sen­ta­tion of Burberry’s fall 2015 col­lec­tion, which pre­miered in Lon­don in Fe­bru­ary, mod­eled by some of the big­gest names in the busi­ness, in­clud­ing Jour­dan Dunn and the show-stop­ping su­per­model and “Em­pire” diva Naomi Camp­bell, who shut it down in a swing­ing fringe pon­cho.

The show closed with a col­lec­tion of only-in-L.A. ex­clu­sive evening­wear, avail­able at Burberry’s Rodeo Drive store.

A fa­vorite part of the evening was see­ing David Beckham cud­dle his adorable daugh­ter Harper, 3, on his lap. The chic tot was wear­ing a tiny Burberry trench dress.

Bri­tish mu­sic acts Ge­orge Ezra, Tom Odell, Clare Maguire and Benjamin Clemen­tine per­formed live tracks dur­ing the show, against a wood cutout of the Lon­don sky­line.

The run­way ex­trav­a­ganza con­cluded with James Cor­den, host of “The Late Late Show,” ham­ming it up for the crowd and beck­on­ing them out­side. (Cor­den said a back­stage skit will be fea­tured on his show Mon­day.)

But it wasn’t over yet. As the show ended, the First Bat­tal­ion Gre­nadier Guards (you know, the guys with the furry hats in front of Buck­ing­ham Palace — they were flown in from Lon­don for the oc­ca­sion) led mod­els and guests out­side as the end of the run­way opened to the out­doors, re­veal­ing the Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory fa­cade, lighted up with gi­ant dig­i­tal pro­jec­tions of Bri­tish and U.S. flags.

“Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory for me is this iconic build­ing on top of a hill where James Dean came, so the idea that we could come to this site and have a lit­tle piece of Lon­don here was a dream — and over­look­ing the whole of Los An­ge­les,” said Bai­ley.

“Isn’t this won­der­ful,” said City Coun­cil­man Tom LaBonge. “And the thing is, [Burberry] is do­nat­ing a half-mil­lion dol­lars to the Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory ed­u­ca­tion fund over the next two years.”

A high point in An­glo-An­ge­leno re­la­tions for sure.

Ste­wart Cook

BRI­TISH LUXURY brand Burberry hosted a run­way show and bash at Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory.

Ste­fanie Keenan Getty Images for Burberry

BAI­LEY, the brand’s chief cre­ative and ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, was host to 700 guests, in­clud­ing Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley.

Burberry

JOUR­DAN DUNN, Christo­pher Bai­ley, James Cor­den and Naomi Camp­bell greet the crowd on the Burberry run­way.

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