(L to R: Team LLG: Richard Gibb, Susanne Ostwald & Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason, Virgina Norris, Richard Storer, Sasha Wilkins.)
A month or so ago, I was asked if I would like to captain a team at the Vodafone hosted ‘A Fashionable Pub Quiz’ at Shoreditch House. Would I? Hell yeah! I love quizzes. I was, ahem, on my school General Knowledge Team (oh past moments of glory), and have been banned from playing Trivial Pursuit by Miss P due to my over-excited-ness when winning.
My enthusiasm was was slightly dampened when I discovered that amongst my fellow team captains were designers Mary Katrantzou and Richard Nicoll, Caroline Rush — CEO of the British Fashion Council, Lorraine Candy — Editor in Chief of Elle, and a yet to be specified editor heading up Team Vogue. There was a hideous rumour that Mary K’s team included Alexander Fury, Sarah Mower AND Colin McDowell. Fortunately this turned out to be rumour only, although the very real presence of Alex — Editor of LOVE & a walking almanac of fashion history - did not augur well for any other team’s chances.
I decided that my team needed a broad spectrum, so I asked some friends to join me who just happened to be: a magazine editor, a PR, a brace of Designers and an entertainment expert (I figured I was ticking the ‘writer’ box). So Team LLG’s crack quizzers were: Richard Storer, Executive Fashion Director of The Hunger, (Rankin’s new magazine), Virgina Norris, PR Director at Whistles, designers Susanne Ostwald & Ingvar Helgason of London’s hottest new label Ostwald Helgason, Richard Gibb (who is my utterly brilliant agent at Curtis Brown) et moi.
Here’s Virginia and Mr Storer getting their game face on:
Hosted by arts publicist Rebecca Ward, Jack Sunnucks from LOVE and Cozette from Sibling, I’m afraid much of the night’s entertainment remains utterly unpublishable, and my computer screen would literally sizzle if I had the temerity to type most of what the hosts (Jack, actually) said. Suffice to say, I’m pretty sure Sherbert Dip Dabs have never featured so strongly in the creative dressing up round in a pub quiz before.
There was, however, a completely clean fashionable film round:
(We never did find out what the centre movie was. (We eventually scrubbed Rebel Without a Cause — which was a random guess — and replaced it with Casino. Were we right? Anyone?
I still have absolutely no idea how we did it, but my team came in at JOINT FIRST PLACE with Richard Nicoll’s team, with Vodafone donating £500 each to both Kids Company and MS Trust. And then blow me down if Vodafone didn’t then announce they were doubling that too. That means Team LLG won £1000 for MS. AMAY-ZING!
There was plenty to keep us entertained throughout the evening. Besides the manic dressing-up using craft materials round, there were pipe-cleaners for constructing spectacles with. Mr Gibb made a rather elegant pair of pince-nez:
And Mr Storer modelled Susanne’s craft-tastic Winner pair:
I was impressed to see Susanne putting her pattern cutting skills to good use:
There may have also been some liquid refreshment:
Vodafone have launched a new text service to allow people to donate quickly & easily to charity. We used it on the night, and Vodafone kindly agreed to double any donations given. And a huge thanks to all my team who each donated, and to Susanne and Ingvar who donated a sockingly generous £200 to the MS Trust.
Enormous thanks to my BRILLIANT team for WINNING, to Vodafone for hosting, and to Freuds for organising — especially the lovely Bianca (below) & Katy W.