El Ayoun opening party: 31/03/10

El Ayoun Ibiza, Opening Party 2010

Photography by Annie Peel

Do you ever get the feeling we might be in a time warp here in Ibiza? Now, I’m clearly not talking about trends in fashion, music, hair or make-up – because I know we are at the forefront in those respects – but the way events seem to come and go so quickly around here!

I’m sure I say this every year, but it feels like I am constantly going through a revolving door at El Ayoun. It’s a beautiful, pint sized, red-carpet lined door mind you… but nevertheless, one that has seen as many of Miss W’s costume changes as the full-length mirror in the lobby of my apartment (don’t ask – it’s the only place I can really see if my shoes match my eyeliner!).

One day it’s the opening, then a dinner, then a birthday, then a party, then some sushi, then a CD launch, then another party, then the closing and then the opening all over again – and the cycle continues (though I must say that no two nights are ever the same). So here we are, ready for the 2010 opening party and I’m still just as excited as the very first time I skipped past the camel and down the path that led into what was to become one of my favourite places in Ibiza.

El Ayoun Ibiza, Opening Party 2010

Photography by Annie Peel

Accompanied by White’s trusty food critic and blogger (off duty tonight he assures us) Mark Watkins and our ever-so-lovely photographer Annie Peel (who can make even the most camera shy subject feel like Angelina Jolie), plus a couple of White-ettes for good measure, Miss W ducked through the door – almost like a ritual these days – deftly as the soft amber glow emanating from Privado (and a glass of French champagne!) beckoned.

Those still dining – and let me tell you the restaurant AND sushi lounge were booked out for the night – lingered at their tables, making the most of their time off their stilettos before the dancing began. Chef Stephane Gasciolli was circling the room to ensure taste bud satisfaction, while owner Charles Delfortrie entertained the VIP guests beneath the new art collections adorning the walls.

As the clock struck 12, DJ Robert Dietz, he of the Cadenza record label crew, took to the decks and despite the fact that the room was already full, you could literally feel the party factor going up a notch from the minute

El Ayoun Ibiza, Opening Party 2010

Photography by Annie Peel

Miss W heard whispers that El Ayoun plan to work closely with Cadenza this summer for their Privado line-ups, which led me to that age-old (well, a couple of years old anyway) question:

Luciano, Luciano, where for art thou Luciano?

THE LOWDOWN

THE GOOD: From vivid shades of perfectly applied lipstick to blokes with extreme Robert Pattinson over-styled hairdos, it looks like the style stakes have been upped at El Ayoun for 2010. A big mention must go to El Ayoun leading lady Val, whose chic black dress was offset oh-so-perfectly with some killer leopard print heels, and the effortlessly chic Rita Sachs of Sa Punta, who was absolutely dazzling – and in more ways than just the sequins on her jacket.

THE BAD: The positioning of the singer – who sang an amazing acapella while flanked by two La Troya-esque dancers – was a good idea in theory, as she could be seen between the restaurant and bar, but in reality, the sheer volume of people arriving through the doors made it feel a little more like a mosh pit for the duration of her performance.

THE GOSSIP: El Ayoun always fills up fast so in order to see and be seen, you need to know exactly when to make you entrance… and exit. While Miss W won’t tell you exactly what time she retreated from the action, she can tell you that another White-ette remained on the dance floor until the very early hours – all in the name of research of course!

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El Ayoun Ibiza, Opening Party 2010

Photography by Annie Peel