Tuxedo-clad Sadiq Khan ignores ULEZ woes to schmooze celebs at Vogue World – but manages to avoid being pictured bleary-eyed leaving the fashion festival
The London Mayor, who has been struggling to contain a furious backlash at the expansion of the levy, donned a relatively low-key velvet tuxedo as he rubbed shoulders with celebs including Sienna Miller, Emily Ratajkowski and Cara Delevingne.
But he managed to avoid the fate of some other guests, who were pictured leaving the afterparty later looking worse for wear.
Delevingne struggled to hide her ripped tights while Ashley Graham almost took a tumble after continuing the frivolities at London’s swanky private members’ club George.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been struggling to contain a furious backlash at the ULEZ expansion, donned a James Bond-style tuxedo as he attended Vogue World last night
Late night? Cara Delevingne (L) struggled to hide her ripped tights while Ashley Graham (R) almost took a tumble after their wild night at London’s swanky private members’ club George following the Vogue World afterparty on Thursday
Sienna Miller was one of the stars of the red carpet as she showed off her pregnancy bump
Mr Khan has been enduring a torrid time as he battles for re-election in May.
The mayor has been battered by his own Labour colleagues as well as the Tories for deciding to press ahead with extending ULEZ across the capital despite the cost-of-living crisis.
Meanwhile, a poll has cast doubts over his status as hot favourite to win the ballot.
The Redfield & Wilton strategies research suggested that Mr Khan could lose to Tory Susan Hall if Jeremy Corbyn opts to stand as an independent, splitting the left-wing vote.
Even without Mr Corbyn wading in the survey found that he is barely ahead of his Conservative rival.
Billed as a ‘multi-act celebration of the British performing arts’, the glittering one-off extravaganza kickstarted London Fashion Week.
The event – dubbed Britain’s answer to the iconic Met Gala – is the brainchild of Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour but viewers, who watched via the YouTube livestream, took to social media to admit they left baffled by the ‘bizarre’ show.
The first Vogue World event featured a fashion show and street fair when it took place in New York’s meatpacking district in 2021, but the London ceremony was a much grander affair.
The dress code was Opening Night, with the invitation revealing a West End stage decorated with by blood-red velvet curtains.
Masterminded by BAFTA and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry, show director Emily Burns, and creative producer Fran Miller, along with the Vogue team, the evening featured an array of performing arts.
Drink, anyone? Rita Ora hit the bar and looked effortlessly cool as she showed off her striking dress
Quirky: Jared Leto continued to rock his white blazer and blue eyeshadow
Wintour previously claimed the performing arts industry is ‘under threat” meaning all proceeds from ticket sales will go to a range of theatre companies – among them the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet.
In a letter welcoming guests, Mr Khan said: ‘Culture is part of London’s DNA, and this fantastic celebration will shine a global spotlight on our incredibly diverse and innovative homegrown talent.
‘Last year’s inaugural event in New York was a huge success, and I’m proud that our capital now has the privilege of showcasing our world-leading culture and creativity, featuring theatre, music, dance, opera, art and, of course, fashion.’
Delevigne sported visibly laddered hosiery as she jumped into a waiting car deep into the night looking a little worse for wear.
The style icon debuted a wild punk mohawk and forewent trousers as she stepped out in a lilac cardigan and white T-shirt for one of the biggest nights in UK fashion.