Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oh No, It's Fancy Dress

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oh No, It's Fancy Dress

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Byline: NICK FOULKES

Theme parties are hip again. Just don't hire a gorilla outfit, says Nick Foulkes

IT was a rather touching sight: a young man celebrating his 20th birthday with his sister and his mother and father got together with a few friends for drinks at a London hotel. The fact that virtually everyone looked as if they had been auditioning for a remake of the Munsters was almost of secondary importance. They fitted in perfectly at St Martins Lane's Light Bar. Of course, it makes a difference that the young man celebrating was Rocky Mazzilli, scion of the Voyage dynasty and crown prince of the Addams family of fashion, and it was also rather fortuitous that he was born on Halloween.

But what was remarkable was the obvious care that had gone into the creation of the costumes; one poor man had inserted white contact lenses into his eyes and, while he looked spectacularly like a friend of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he was plainly in agony and unable to find his way around.

Rocky, too, spattered in congealed mock-blood, was having trouble with his contact lenses and had to stumble off in what he thought was the general direction of the gents to repair his vision. His mother, Louise, wearing a confection that she described as "part pirate, a little bit fetish", had eschewed the myopiainducing lenses in favour of a diamantE eyepatch, on which she had been working all day.

What the Mazzilli's impromptu party confirms is that right now people just love dressing up.

Perhaps it is a reaction against a gloomy worldview, but when Jade Jagger, queen of London style, held a party with a theme to celebrate her birthday last month - a pyjama party at Claridge's - you know that fancy dress is very much back in fashion However, gone are the days when red-faced Sloane Rangers would slip a kaftan over their dinner jacket and think it was all saatch farn. Now fancy dress is about looking great rather than stupid: that is, it is an excuse to show more of your great body. Themes are chosen accordingly.

Rocky's little birthday drinks is a classic example - muscle-bound boys and scantily clad girls vamping it up Rocky Horror Show-style. …

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