Nothing was about to stop the Burberry celebration on Thursday night, not even the rain. Besides, when you have Burberry umbrellas (which were peppered through the party), who cares about a little rain?
Christopher Bailey, in all his glory, walked into the festivities with Lily Donaldson. “I love being a Burberry girl,” she grinned, wearing a super short white dress. “I love Burberry and Christopher and being a part of the family.” And despite her height, she wore massive Burberry heels, towering over everyone. “They’re pretty comfy,” she said. “I love them, but they’re making me so tall it’s freaking everyone out!”
Christopher played nice, shyly grinning about his love for models, but refusing to admit a few of his new favorites. “I’m not going to choose! No way!” Will we see more Lily then? Meanwhile she showed off her clutch from the brand, a small black-studded number, which was her first Burberry piece and favorite to this day.
Sadly Orlando Bloom arrived sans Miranda Kerr, but Helena Christensen, Hilary Rhoda, Julie Henderson, Harley Viera Newton (surprisingly not DJing), and Alexa Chung (tonight on DJ duty) were in attendance, along with celebrities Harry Connick Jr., Justin Long, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, as well as editors Cecilia Dean, Joanna Coles, Linda Wells, Stefano Tonchi, and Kate Lanphear, making this the party to be at last night.
But if heights were a fear, then this was not the party to attend: With special Burberry cards in hand, guests took the elevators to the 54th floor of the Palace Hotel, climbed a flight of steps, and walked out onto the terrace. From there, the huge sign was in everyone’s sight. At 9:30 p.m., the band One Night Only (”discovered” by Christopher) counted down as if it was New Years Eve, and guests crowded to the side to see the Burberry sign light up. To great fanfare and applause, the lights shown through the fog that overtook Manhattan, appropriately celebrating Burberry’s place in the city skyline.