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The Ultimate Girly Night?

Published on September 19th 2005.

I don’t know about you but ultimate girly nights round my way usually go something like this. Boyfriends leave the house around 7pm, looking all smug because they get a night out with the lads whilst the girls are safe at home in their pyjamas, messing about with lotions and potions, watching a Patrick Swayze double-bill and hearing all about Lizzie’s latest emotional rollercoaster. Or so they think………….

What really happens is once the wine is open we tend to fast forward to everyone’s favourite line in Dirty Dancing, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner…” (you know you all do the same) leave the lotions and potions where they are (as I keep reminding everyone I’m only 21, looking ten years younger and returning to how I looked when I was a chubby eleven year old quite frankly doesn’t appeal) and decide to get glammed up and head out, hoping that we don’t trample on any of Lizzie’s three boyfriends as we go.

So, when Lindsay, founder of Body Confidential, invited me to the launch party of The Ultimate Girly Night at The Living Room how could I refuse? Patrick Swayze may not have been attending but the promo promised “A Night of Fashion, Beauty, Pampering & Indulgence” complete with celebrity guests.

At just gone 8pm on Tuesday night Lindsay and I headed up the candle and pink feather lined stairs of the Living Room, confident that we were fashionably late for the Grand Opening. We must however have been very fashionable as everyone else was seated at tables, the girl in charge of the guest list seeming more than flustered, left me and Lindsay stood in the middle of the room to search for some empty seats ourselves. Eventually one of the scantily clad but rather shy male models who were acting as hosts for the evening managed to squeeze us onto the end of an already rather full table. Apparently we were too late for the canapés that the promo had said would be served “throughout the evening…” Oh, and there wasn’t a celeb in sight. Not the best start.

Proceedings started with an introduction from the organiser, April Kalu, who also forgot to introduce herself! April did however look stunning in a gorgeous black appliquéd dress with funky pink belt cinched around her waist. In fact, her fabulous outfit may just have redeemed the evening’s shaky start.

Next we were treated to the male models strutting their stuff to the sounds of “Ladies Night” (after a few mishaps with the PA system) and could these lads dance. Apparently I had mistaken their shyness at the start of the evening for general surliness because these lads certainly weren’t afraid of gyrating in front of a room full of women. A room full of women and Dinosaur’s Chris Lloyd who had supposedly come along for the free hand massage. The fact that he’d be one of the only men in a room full of women had nothing to do with it obviously.

The fashion show, including outfits from Vicky Martin, underwear from La Senza, vintage pieces from Cancer Research and accessories by Matkee, should have been the highlight of the evening, and whilst we loved the outfits, April’s constant MCing became a bit off putting. It was also obvious that the show hadn’t been timed previously, as we were left cringing along with more than one model that was left walking to either the wrong or no music. Perhaps an explanation as to why so many of the models literally ran down the catwalk making it nigh on impossible to take any photos of the show.

Another slight disappointment was that not everyone seemed to be getting their free makeovers and manicures. The R3 Holistic girls were moving around the room giving everyone hand massages but as everyone had been seated quite formally at tables, people seemed to feel a bit awkward having to walk across the room to then queue to receive their free treatments. And, whilst the guys from Michael John Hair Academy seemed to be enjoying themselves a little bit too much to be doing anyone’s hair, we’ll let them off, as their gaffer, Joshua entertained us with hilarious tales of convicts cutting hair?! You had to be there I suppose.

So, perhaps not the ultimate girls night, but a good concept that just needs a little more work. I mean at the end of the day, clothes, cocktails and male models should be a winning combination, shouldn’t it?

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