An evening of Perrier-Jouët champagne and political turncoating at the glittering launch of Bella Pollen’s new memoir Meet Me in the In-Between. Held at the Polish Hearth Club in South Kensington, the heartland of Victoria Borwick’s Kensington constituency, a well-heeled revolt was going on among the canapés.
“We were just talking about voting and I’ve never not voted Labour ever,” actress Natascha McElhone told us. “But now I think I have to vote Lib-Dem.” McElhone is a Kensington and Chelsea resident but her Irish origins add to her concerns over Brexit. “My parents are from the Donegal border, we have to end this [Brexit] now,” she said. “I don’t have an opinion on Theresa May: I don’t want to be clannish.”
Also at the party was Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris, who made waves by admitting that she was switching to the Lib-Dems from the Tories. She’s been canvassing with Lib-Dem candidate Annabel Mullins. “She’s great,” she said. “She’s a former prison officer, she’s brilliant. There is no chance. But I’m standing by them.” Never surrender...
Spotted: Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor and Labour MP, and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News UK, in the lobby of her London Bridge HQ last week, sharing a hug. So is Balls attempting to get her on side for a return to politics? Has he been sent to poach her for Strictly Come Dancing? Or was he just popping in for a cuppa? Whatever the reason, it takes two to tango.
Mrs Sarkozy stands by her homme
STAND by your man... Carla Bruni, pictured, Italian model, singer and wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is to release her new album in October. Titled French Touch, the full tracklist is yet to be released, but one confirmed offering is a curious choice: a cover of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man.
“It’s a homage to any husband in the world,” Bruni told Billboard magazine when asked if it was geared toward Sarkozy. “It’s the husband song. It’s very macho actually in a very tender way.” But its political alignments are undeniable. When Bill Clinton’s extra-marital endeavours first hit the press during his 1992 campaign, then potential-First Lady Hillary came forward. “I’m not sitting here like some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette.”
A sprinkling of stardust in Mayfair
Pass the Salt ’n’ Pepa. The hip hop stars performed at Isabel in Mayfair last night, at a party to mark the launch of the new Regent Street store from American designer Tory Burch. Guests included this stylish duo: model Erin O’Connor and actress Gemma Arterton. A good week for one Tory, at least.
Closure of the day: a shoe shop in Osaka, Japan, which first put up its “closing down” sign more than 20 years ago, has finally delivered on the promise and shut its doors.
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