Evening Standard - ES Magazine
To the new-style GQ Men of the Year Awards this week, a show that has had something of an overhaul. Was it a success? Put it this way, most of the crowd was having a great ol’ time. ‘I’m still warming up,’ Layton Williams said as he threw shapes on the dance floor. ‘I love it, such an amazing vibe,’ TikTok trainspotter star Francis Bourgeois (real name Luke Nicolson) told us. ‘Still too many awards,’ was one beehived DJ’s review. Still, you can’t win them all.
Next up, a party to celebrate the opening of Bacchanalia, an ancient Greco-Romanthemed restaurant in the old Porsche garage in Mayfair. With Don Julio 1942 and Ruinart champagne as the house pours and Florence Welch on stage (pre-tour-decimating injury), the party was every inch boom-time bling, decadent beyond belief. Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone, Erin O’Connor and Damien Hirst (who had been commissioned for three towering restaurant sculptures) were just some of the guests to sip from gold-rimmed glasses, served by sculpted waiting staff in togas. Even the toilets matched the theme with a soundscape of gladiators fighting — unless that was someone worse-for-wear in the next cubicle. It might be just the escapism we need right now…