Prior to the Dolce & Gabbana show, I was invited to the VIP Room and backstage.
The VIP room is an oasis for special guests of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who are invited to drink champagne and enjoy canapés.
A lift from the ground floor takes the guests into a beautiful room decked out with black walls, opulent chandeliers, velvet-covered sofas with gold trims and gold-framed mirrors.
I took this gorgeous picture of Paloma Faith and Poppy Delevigne who greeted each other like old friends.
Paloma, surprisingly, recognized me from the first time we met at the ‘Burlesque’ London Premiere late last year.
She was representing Dolce & Gabbana, wearing a beautiful strapless mermaid gown, evoking the “go big or go home” spirit of the brand. I adore her pink lips and her veiled fascinator.
Poppy opted for a super-cute Dolce & Gabbana signature lace strapless dress with red lips for a sultry pop of colour.
I was introduced to Lynn Xiong, who floored me with her beauty. She was dressed in a black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress which she paired with a sequinned clutch and coral pumps.
Italian actress Gabriella Pession also wore a black lace dress. I spotted her being interviewed by Swide which is the online luxury magazine for Dolce & Gabbana.
As I made my way down to the backstage area, I passed iconic black and white images on the walls which have no doubt served as inspiration to Domenico and Stefano.
The first person I saw backstage was Pat McGrath. I have seen the legendary makeup artist several times before on the Fashion Week circuit, but this was the first time I had seen her ‘at the office’.
She’s like a conductor holding the whole show together, giving directions here, applying finishing touches there. It was a pleasure to watch.
Further in the room, dressed models were receiving final touch ups. Dressers were tying, adjusting and replacing. Hairstylists were pinning, spraying and fluffing.
I have been backstage a few times and I still expect to see model tantrums, panic and chaos, but I always find a relaxed atmosphere of professional people who know what they are doing.
Just before show time, the VIP area was made into a super VIP area, as Scarlett Johansson – the face (and body) of the cosmetic line – was granted a one-on-one with the designers.
She epitomized the brand with her old Hollywood 50s screen siren look, sporting marcel waves, and a beautiful red pout.
We have longed for Scarlett to return to her bombshell ways. We most definitely got a glimpse of that on this occasion.
Credit: Photos belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards