Given Britain’s perceived fragile positioning on the global stage since our “Independence Day”, HØFSISTERS felt it was our duty to strengthen Anglo-American relations on theirs. Not to be put off by July Fourth falling on a school night, Zoe and I dusted off our dancing shoes (well the debris from the evening before) for a night out on London town.
Aptly, we were heading to Berners Tavern, a restaurant with a name which screams “we had pubs before your country even existed” and serves up supersized culture with wall-to-wall ornately framed paintings. Our perceived diminished global significance gloriously juxtaposed with our rich cultural history. We’ll show ‘em.
That two of our dinner guests had lived in the UK for the best part of two decades, with a better understanding of British history, culture and (ex-London) geography than us, and the third is better travelled than David Attenborough was of no consequence. We would remind them why they love us Brits – because we know how to have a jolly good time.
Our American friends also all happen to have worked in the fashion industry, blessed with a sartorial sixth sense à la Blair Waldorf (I admit it, I am addicted to Gossip Girl about a decade after everyone else). What better way to impress and woo in equal measure than with a floor-length display of Upper East Side glamour?
Born in New York in 2008 and famed for its colourful prints and feminine silhouettes, Parker is stocked in some of our favourite London boutiques. The brand was brought to my attention a few weeks ago by a message from a beautifully tall and charismatic friend: “Thought of you the other day, as tried on this jumpsuit in Question Air and it was TOO bloody LONG?! Can you believe it!!”
I hot-footed it to Wimbledon and can confirm her elegantly-delivered statement that most of Parker’s floor length dresses and jumpsuits are indeed “too bloody long” – and I’m 6’1 (sorry Europe, we never liked metric anyway). If you want maxi’s or jumpsuits for long legs, head to Question Air and ask their delightful staff to show you Parker. It’s one of our favourite London boutiques, stashed full of quality brands whose designers seem to have had tall women in mind.
This Parker Grady dress is of beautiful quality and the undulating hem, iridescent blue colour and elegant cut mean minimal accessories. I just paired it with simple sandals from ASOS. Besides, flats are better for dancing in anyway.
As for dinner, the name is where the resemblance to a tavern ended and we were quickly into a rhythm with our well-healed waiter, ordering Cosmopolitans between furious debates on the British weather. Somewhere between rounds 3 and 6 we Googled “where to party in London on a Monday night”. Needless to say it was fully daylight and people were going to work as we headed for home.
All in all a successful evening. Our special relationship sealed. Unless of course they vote for the Donald come November and “take their country back”. In which case they’re on their own.