I have been having doubts about writing about the party co-hosted by Frieze and Alexander McQueen for Frieze. Before starting, let me say that Alexander McQueen is dead and I am aware of it but this was hosted by the company that survived (and possibly killed) him.
The venue was horrendous, the Christ Church Spitalfields on Commercial Road very close to the Ten Bells Pub where Gilbert and George hang around all the time.
At the dinner were models Kate Moss and Edie Campbell, artists Tracey Emin, Ingar Dragset, and Michael Elmgreen, gallerist Maureen Paley, photographer Tim Walker, and musician Florence Welsh, who joined Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton and Frieze founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover for the festivities. I happened to chat with Matthew who is beyond self conscious and I must confess that I love Sara Burton but she is so matter of factish English that you feel as if she just cannot relax. Dragset and Elmgreen spent the whole night trying to take me to bed but I respectfully declined and Kate Moss’ accent is just…revolting. At the end of the day, Maureen Paley in her craziness was the only one with whom one could have something that gets close to a conversation.
The end of the evening was with a performance of, yes you guessed, London Community Gospel Choir….Irish and Black kids singing for the cool. Why do I keep doing this? Self destruction? Just a thought.
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