On Friday the 17th Lindon and I were invited along to one of the best events I’ve been to in a long time (not counting mine of course!).
Grace Jones and stars of film and fashion attended the inaugural ICON Gala, presented by Buzz Mode and hosted by Nick Ede. It was in aid of NHS Charities Together and WellChild, and held at the beautiful Landmark London Hotel, in Marylebone.
The star guest was Grace Jones, who performed her classic hits ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’. Grace was also presented with the Music Icon Award at the event, which was made possible by sponsorship from Crown Financial, Honey Graze, Q Shoreditch, Prima Spa, E & G Flowers, Etag, Zooming and Janti Jewels.
Other guests included Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Joanne Froggat, Dame Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Dionne Bromfield, Melissa Odabash MBE, Sarah Mulwinda, Yasmin Mills, Jamie Winstone, Jackie StClair, Laura Pradelska, Eunice Olumide MBE, Amelia Gray, Eyal Booker and Lois Winstone.
The ICON Gala was the brainchild of Helen Georgio and Rachael Lewis, from the Buzz Mode editorial Model Agency. The ICON Gala was hosted by charity campaigner and popular culture expert Nick Ede. Coinciding with London Fashion Week guests were presented with a runway show featuring collections from some of fashion brightest stars; Headlining the show was Malan Breton who also donated an exclusive NFT fashion experience for the auction, Julia Clancey with Gaia Wise modelling her stunning sequin collection, My Kimmiu, Maurice Whittingham and Patrick McDowell all featured their collections on the runway. Children from the WellChild charity also took part in a fashion show from childrenswear brand Little Robes Royal. Pop Sensation Emmanuel Kelly performed with a special introduction from Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Alongside Grace’s award, other recipients recognised and awarded were Sandy Idige Carlos Gonzales and Yasmin Mills.
It set out to bring excitement back to the London social scene, and to celebrate and raise funds for charities; all of which have seen their funds plummet due to no live fundraising events being allowed since early 2020.
It was such a brilliant evening, and so good to be surrounded by people again after so much time. It’s really put me in the mood for a night of fun and fundraising at the Michael Josephson Charity Ball in October… can’t wait!!