Jules Bianchi leads Marussia team-mate Max Chilton on the Amber Lounge runway
This weekend’s must-have fashion accessory is the photographer’s tabard, because it’s impossible to get around the harbour-side streets of the principality without one. That said, last night designers Andrew Gn, Aennis Eunis and Pal Zileri came up with an alternative for the annual Amber Lounge Fashion show.
This year’s bash and auction, held around the picturesque pool of Le Meridien, was in aid of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Guests included Jeremy Clarkson, Tamara Ecclestone, Amanda Holden, Rachel Hunter, footballer Cameron Jerome, singer Eva Simons and F1 fan Liam Cunningham, who seems to have been at every race in the last two years, mainly for the open bar.
Clarkson, who had been on Vijay’s yacht the night before, looked particularly out-of-place at a fashion show and crying out for a decent night’s sleep.
The F1 drivers were the first to take to the runway, with Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Valtteri Bottas, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton and Guido van der Garde rocking a Great Gatsby look courtesy of Pal Zileri. Well, everyone except young Pic. While the others would have been at home in Annabel’s, the tie-less Pic looked like he was there for the sales conference.
In the cocktail area, Rolls Royce exhibited their fabulous new Wraith coupe, which you can rest assured F1-SD will be getting its hands on later in the year. For those less patient, though, there was the chance to bid to be the first member of the public to drive it. The lot raised 14,000 Euros.
Brian McFadden was also at the event, with DJ girlfriend Vogue Williams who showed up all the models. McFadden provided the music for the ‘ladies of F1 segment’, with drivers WAGs and children aplenty. Jessica Michibata was the ringer on the team.
Afterwards, I was treated to a delicious dinner at the Amber Lounge: Lobster salad followed by beef tenderloin and chocolate mousse and strawberries, with epic views across the Mediterranean. Cue shameless food pics, after these glamorous catwalk photos…
Rachel Hunter and Eddie Irvine.
Sonia Irvine and Jeremy Clarkson.
And now dinner…