About Last Night: My Dinner With Yasmin and Simon Le Bon
author: Sarah Bailey
Yasmin Le Bon and Red Magazine editor-in-chief Sarah Bailey held an intimate dinner with Yasmin’s family and closest friends at the luxury Rivea restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel, London, to celebrate the style icon's 10th magazine cover with Red. Sarah Bailey shares her evening of dancing, champagne and David Gandy...
'It gets me every time,' exclaims Yasmin Le Bon, pushing back her chair and looking for all the world like she might leap on the hydrangea-strewn table as Ella Fitzgerald’s lusty voice fills the scented air. 'That’s why the lady is a tramp!' Yasmin has mixed the party tape herself. 'Ooh, James Brown next! From The Queen, to The King!'
Maybe it was the sultry weather, maybe the chic, dark, sexy environs of the Bulgari Hotel; but really we could have all been in Roma. And if we’d all been dancing in a fountain come midnight, well I wouldn’t have been surprised.
It was rather a swell soirée. The beautiful Le Bons were out in force (save for Saffron: 'She’s like the Osbourne daughter you never see,' jokes her mum, although Saffron has a legitimate excuse for a no-show as she’s in Rwanda with her rocker boyfriend).
The guests: a tight-knit crowd of Yasmin’s best buds – among them David Gandy (all smoulder, and M&S bespoke suiting. Oh, sometimes I just hate my job); Kelly Hoppen, who couldn’t stay late as she was off to put finishing touches to her daughter Natasha Corrett’s wedding preparations ('In a field, I’m wearing a jumpsuit'), and Matthew Williamson, who was looking, as Yasmin declared 'like a sexy Latin playboy.... I want to be swung around the dancefloor by that Matthew again. And soon. Deep down, I’m a disco queen.'
The model, mum and Red icon of strength, style and soul was dressed for her evening in an Amanda Wakeley lace suit, tricked out with a Bulgari tassel pendant fit for a princess in the Arabian Nights and a signature Yasmin touch – a grey tee. 'It had to be a bit rock and roll. I had to punk it up.' The party (as if we needed an excuse) was to fête her 10th cover of Red magazine. 'Nobody’s ever thrown me a party,' said Yasmin, leaping to her feet to toast her guests in classic funny, self-deprecating style; 'Well, there was my surprise 50th, at the Shard, with Duran Duran. Maybe 50 is not so bad after all.'
Mr Williamson had his end of the table in stitches with raffishly told stories (so naughty I’m afraid they must remain in my evening purse for now); before getting an exuberant Mr Le Bon to phone up his sister (a life-long Durannie). Cue: shrieking!
Well, the theme of the evening was family... What with Duran Duran’s new single Pressure Off, out this Friday.
Yasmin admitted that she and Simon had been reminded of this fact by Simon’s mum, who’s 80, and subscribed to a Duran Duran fan site that the family housekeeper had got her on to. Yasmin shrugs, before catching her pal Jeanette Calliva’s eye: 'Remember those nights at Café de Paris in the 1980s? Always on Wednesday. DJ Albert flown in from Paris. Where would you go dancing on a Wednesday now?'
Who knows... maybe they found out.