I love theme parties that come with a strict dress code. Please don’t confuse this with costumes that come from a fancy dress shop. I am talking serious Ibiza style. For this very reason, I was thrilled when Virginia Sanz (Vicky) asked me to help her style a PR event for villa eugénie. Why? Because the theme was Studio 54 – one of my favourite themes and something that gets me excited even at the mere thought!
Alongside her boyfriend Etienne Russo, Vicky produces big shows like Lanvin and Dior Homme. Working in fashion for years has given the duo great vision, making them exquisitely detailed in what they want and how they want it, raising the bar high and giving a guarantee that this would be THE party of the season.
It started out with an invite that said, ‘Dresscode is mandatory for entrance, bring a look for day and a look for night.’ I like!
There would be a changing room and accessory room to help pimp those guests who could use some extra disco glitterazi.
The invite came together with a 20-page Studio 54 mood board. Space influences, metallic gold, long dresses, mesh, hooded draped dresses (a la Grace Jones), animals (remember Bianca Jagger rode in to Studio 54 on a white horse for her 30th birthday, and once wore a white bird in her hair).
Anyone could tell, your outfit would count and you better try your best to make the very best of it. Vicky told me in advance that many of her friends worked in fashion, so would know exactly what to do.
I helped Vicky with her day and night look, a result of many phone calls, inspiration images and shopping days. We found her a spectacular gold dress at Vicente Ganesha in Ibiza’s old town that consisted of thousands of gold beads. I guess it used to be an old theatre costume, which was a real challenge for her to wear all night because it weighted 15 kilos! But Vicky pulled it off and made it through the night in the dress and on high heeled platform Jimmy Choo shoes, no less. It could have been Bianca wearing it 40 years ago on the dance floor.
Smack Ibiza did the strong and glamorous make up, dramatic eyeliner and gold metallic glitters all the way.
The party was unbelievably surrealistic. They turned a villa into a club that could have been a setting in Scarface, with Michelle Pfeiffer drinking a cocktail beside the very glam guests. There were leopard and gold pillows everywhere and big disco balls in the pool, girls dressed like leopards in the trees and Pacha dancers shimmying in neon green and pink pleated capes that made it even more special.
I felt a bit like I’d landed in Beverly Hills many years ago, with the disco music floating over the airwaves courtesy of DJs flown in from Paris, everyone in ‘70s attire but with an incredible view over Ibiza, high from the hills in Cala de Bou. It was one of these nights where you feel you are somewhere else, as like in a dream. Something totally different to styling an editorial for a magazine, but equally as exciting!