LADIES’ NIGHT: How is it that on a rainy, muggy night in London Michael Kors can still beam rays of sunshine, smiles and St. Tropez-style heat?
There he was on Thursday night, inside Claridge’s dark and crowded Fumoir, surrounded by old friends including Rena Sindi, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Elizabeth Saltzman and Brit actresses and models Ruth Wilson, Cressida Bonas and Malaika Firth, with the Portuguese crooner Mafalda perched on the bar singing a capella, while guests squeezed past one another to trill “Hello, darling,” and peck each other on both cheeks.
Mafalda and Annabelle Wallis
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Kors’ pal, David Downton, was there, too, talking about the capsule collection of bags the two created with Downton’s dreamy black-and-white portraits of some female archetypes, including the tigress, the society grande dame, the renegade and the tomboy.
“I’m an illustration junkie — and it all started with WWD. I’m also a terrible sewer — but a decent illustrator,” said Kors by way of explaining how the project came about. A Claridge’s guest, Kors got to know Downton, the hotel’s artist-in-residence, when he sat for a portrait, and the accessories idea took off from there.
“What I like about David is that he doesn’t try to get every