Last night saw one of the most stylish nights out of the year - the InStyle EE Rising Star party ahead of BAFTAs - and what a party it was.
Held this year at Granary Square Brasserie, a host of celebrities gathered to toast champagne and G+Ts to 2018’s rising stars and catch up over lobster cornettos while rocking out to Maya Jama’s DJ set.
In short - it was an epic night.
The red carpet was buzzing, boasting some of the biggest names in film, fashion, TV and music, arriving in force in their Audi cars. Professor Green, Maya Jama, Hayley Hasselhoff and Paloma Faith were all in attendance, with Rochelle Humes, Frankie Bridge and Vanessa White even having a mini Saturdays reunion - although unlike the Spice Girls, it’s not official, as they told us over bubbles.
From Hollywood’s Tom Holland to YouTubers Casper Lee and Marcus Butler, the guest list was as varied as it was star-studded, with celebrity guests Instagramming everything (including the obligatory getting ready pics and their very own GIFs in our King of the Booth photo booth) as it happened.
The theme of the night was to celebrate this year’s up and coming actors and actresses, in particular those nominated for a BAFTA EE Rising Star Award - Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Tessa Thompson, Josh O'Connor and Florence Pugh, with the latter two dancing into the night and mingling with friends and fans over Truffle arancini. We chatted with the stars of ITV's "Victoria" and managed to track down "Poldark's" Ellise Chappell and Harry Richardson long enough to pry them for spoilers. The duo were willing to spill that exciting things are to come and that love just might be in the air for their characters in season 4.
Another one of the main highlights of the evening? The fashion. Everyone looked suitably fabulous, mixing high fashion and high street labels - we’re still dreaming about Victoria actress Margaret Clunie’s Vilshenko dress.
What we drank...
Celebrity guests started the night with Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve before moving on to the BAFTA-themed cocktail menu, naming its Hoxton Gin and Remy Martin concoctions after BAFTA’s five EE Rising Star Award nominees.
Remy Martin VSOP cocktails included Call Me Chalamet and Tessa’s Tipple, while the Hoxton Gin concoctions were named Daniel’s Kicking Kaluuya, Cocktail O’Connor and Pugh’s punch. And for those who opted out, there was Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on hand and bottles of Peroni and San Pellegrino aplenty.
What we ate...
Breaded crunchy prawns with matcha green tea sauce
Lobster cocktail cornetto with caviar
Avocado and quinoa chicory leaf with ginger and lime dressing
Mini roast beef Yorkshire pudding, shaved horseradish
Duck liver parfait, hazelnut crumble on toasted brioche
Mozzarella di bufala with clementine, toasted pine nuts, pesto and purple baby basil
Bang bang chicken, with cucumber, radish, baby gem and sweet chilli and peanut dressing
And when it was time for desert canapés, celebrity guests feasted on raspberry cheesecake tarts and crème brûlée doughnuts.
What we danced to...
The dance floor was buzzing, with celebrity guests treated to four DJ sets during the evening. Stormzy’s girlfriend Maya Jama kicked off the night by taking to the decks, giving us a taster of what to expect when she joins BBC Radio 1 as a presenter this year. Next up were sets by former T4 on the beach host Will Best, British TV presenter AJ Odudu and of course the legendary Radio 1 DJ Kat Shoob. Needless to say, the dance floor was packed all night.
And the goody bags...
As the party came to a close, guests were treated to InStyle goody bags. But what was inside? Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Starter Kit, SHOW Beauty’s Riche leave in conditioner, Coconut Energizing Shower Gel, Superfacialist Rose face scrub, Batiste dry shampoo, Soap & Glory Hand Food, Lipcote and Browcote, Maria Nila’s Head & Heal shampoo, A brush by Real Techniques, Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn and San Pellegrino sparkling water.
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