The Wig Party @ Cafe de Paris
Leona Lewis, Keisha Buchanan And Other Celebrities Put On Their Wigs!
When we informed on the upcoming Wig Party at Café de Paris we were bloody excited, as in previous years we’ve heard about the crazy costumes and crazy ‘things’ that take place in these parties and you know Dropout’s up for a crazy time ANYTIME! We sent one of the team to check it out and report back…
We know big hair is in fashion, but some of the headwear at last night's wig party took the trend to new extremes.
'Glamouresque' was the theme of the evening at the M.A.C-sponsored party for AIDS charity Crusaid and the M.A.C. AIDS fund.
Upon arrival I was met by Leona Lewis (wearing a pink wig, black pirate hat and a pink mask around her eyes) and Keisha Buchanan (wearing a red wig and a folded bandana around her head) who had arrived at the same time as me. It was really good to see Keisha out enjoying herself as her break up from former band Sugababes is still a little fresh, although Leona was holding her hand extremely firmly like a reassuring mother, all the way up to entering the venue.
Beverly Knight and Dannii Minogue were also in attendance supporting the cause at London's Cafe de Paris, while fashion industry legend Vivienne Westwood and hairdresser to the stars, Sam McKnight were the names behind a series of outlandish wigs created in honour of the occasion.
Designer or not, no guest was permitted entry without some manner of dramatic headwear. Beehives twice the size of Amy Winehouse's were the order of the day, while hot pink afros and sharp scarlet bobs fully captured the spirit of the evening.
A catwalk show showcased the night's finest costumes - no effort had been spared as weird and wonderful wigs had been teamed with everything from neon tulle and leopard print to bare chests and body paint.
Following the announcement of the winning wig - a pair of 'Amazonian twins' - designer creations, which are to be auctioned for the charities, were presented to the crowd.
New guard designer Gareth Pugh had designed a sharp black bob with a fringe cut in the shape of sunglasses, while tempestuous supermodel Naomi Campbell created a sweetly retro wig, with curled fringe.
It was Vivienne Westwood's sky-scraper spectacular, however, that was one of the highlights, mirroring her African-inspired spring/summer 09 collection. DSquared2 and Jean Claude Jitrois also created striking hairpieces.
The night's finale was a storming set from Beverley Knight, who performed her latest single. Knight was of course sporting statement locks in honour of the occasion.
The Wig Party started in the late 90’s by a group of friends who just wanted to wear a wig and indulge in some high kicking glamour for glamour’s sake.
As the years went by the party grew by word of mouth. People were experiencing a special rush, tapping into their alter egos and entertaining their friends. Before long, there were prizes being handed out at the Wig Party Pageant, banners being hung and songs being sung.
All the money raised from this year’s Wig Party, including ticket sales and donations, will go towards Crusaid’s Point of Light in Zambia – helping orphans and vulnerable children in one of the poorest countries in the world. The fund raising target for this year’s event is £55,000 – people can make donations by visiting www.justgiving.com/wigparty
The designer wigs are currently being auctioned on eBay, so don't forget to log on to place your bid. For further information about the event and how to bid on the wigs, visit www.wigparty.org
It was an ‘interesting’ night to say the least. I made some new friends, including a guy who designs sex toys for obese people and then sells them to London and New York boutiques… Useful? I was introduced to many more individuals who for the sake of their families will remain anonymous!