Who can say no to dinner at Claridge’s, especially when Linda Wells is in town? On Wednesday, September 20, AIR MAIL and Valentino invited 20 of London’s most dynamic women to the private dining room of the Foyer restaurant to toast the Editor of AIR MAIL LOOK.
The evening began with champagne and canapés in the Fumoir, one of Mayfair’s most intimate watering holes since it opened, in 1929, and with a toast from Wells’s AIR MAIL LOOK deputy, Ashley Baker. Wells, dressed in a pink Valentino gown (Greta Gerwig would’ve approved) discussed theater with television producer Sabrina Guinness (her husband, Tom Stoppard, is busy on a new play), attorney Elizabeth Callender (her husband, Colin Callender, the producer, is cooking up several projects), and director Tricia Brock, of The Great and Bridgerton.
Painter Nancy Cadogan chatted with writers Jessica Fellowes and Hannah Betts about Betts’s recent lessons in sexting, while Emily FitzRoy and Valentino’s Francesca Nardi discussed their favorite restaurants in Italy. Interior designer Lucinda Sanford and interiors guru Matilda Goad talked shop, while AIR MAIL’s Rachel Johnson, Isabelle Harvie-Watt, and Vassi Chamberlain revisited their most treasured moments from the AIR MAIL and Warner Bros. party, at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the Cannes Film Festival.
Then the group moved into the Foyer for salmon, vegetable terrine, beetroot salad, and figs—in accordance with AIR MAIL LOOK’s wellness slant. After masterminding dinner service at the River Cafe, Ruthie Rogers arrived in time for dessert, cocktails, and a bisou for her friends, including fellow culinary luminary Skye McAlpine. But the champagne still fizzed and a few stalwarts went back to the Fumoir for the tiniest of nightcaps.