Tracey Emin and Vivienne Westwood © Jon Furniss

Where: Koko Club, Camden
Joanne Black Style: David Szeto print dress, Lanvin belt, YSL heels and an Alexander McQueen clutch

With a line-up including Lulu and the legendary Bryan Ferry, you’d think that the ICA’s annual gathering to raise funds for emerging artists would be a night all about the music. And in many ways it was – dancing away to a selection of hit songs is always time well spent. But, for me, it will always be remembered as the night when the best style came from the tablecloths.

This would usually be hard to believe, but when I tell you that Vivienne Westwood was behind the styling, you’ll understand why. With everything from the table line to the flower arrangements designed by Westwood – who looked chic in black with her trademark orange hair –  the Camden nightclub had never looked so good.


Joanne Black and friends @ the ICA Gala © Jon Furniss

Of course, talk of fashion didn’t stop at the tableware. My table was hosted by Mira Anafina of Damiani jewellers, and included tailor Luca Rubinacci who discussed suits – and gave me the opportunity to add in a few of my usual style points. But with guest of honour Charles Finch encouraging us all to buy tablecloths, it wasn’t long before we were back thinking about Westwood’s wonderful prints once more. I purchased a signed cloth in the night’s silent auction, and I can tell you it won’t be going anywhere near the dinner table!