De Grisogono Cheryl Cole Promise Ring launch party


Chery Cole @ her Promise Ring launch party

Where: Nobu, Park Lane
Joanne Black style: Azzaro dress, YSL heels, Sergio Rossi clutch and Stephen Webster earrings

As president, owner and founder of de Grisogono, Fawaz Gruosi certainly knows how to throw a party – as I discovered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. So, when the opportunity came up to appear at the launch of Cheryl Cole’s Promise collection – of beautiful rose gold and blackened silver rings to be worn on the little finger – I just had to take it.


Cheryl Cole and Fawaz Gruosi © Richard Young

With everyone from Louis Walsh and Diana Vickers to Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts on the guest list, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into an X Factor after-party. Of course, Cheryl was the star of the show, dazzling guests with her stunning, short, sequined nude and gold Elie  Saab dress, which complemented her petite frame and skin tone perfectly. But, one my of personal highlights was chatting to the X Factor’s Irish judge.  I reminded Louis that we once judged a Miss Ireland competition together and he asked whether I’d ever considered singing! Let’s just say, I’ll don’t think you’ll be seeing me at next year’s auditions.

Sipping lychee and passion fruit martinis, I was able to soak up the rest of the style on show. Socialite Tamara Beckwith stepped out in a great dress with cream and black details on the front, which she wore with some very sexy tights. Girls Aloud’s Kimberley and Nicola both opted for fab short black dresses. But the stand out look of the night (after Cheryl) was Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, who was wearing a short white crocheted vintage dress and looked every inch the rock star.

Cannes Film Festival: de Grisogono Party

Joanne Black Cannes de Grisogono

Mira Anafina, Joanne Black & Zhanar Kaliyeva

Where: Hotel du Cap

Joanne Black Style: White Jitrois leather dress, Lanvin sandals, Prada bag and De Beers diamonds

Put more than 400 stars of the screen – and international scene – together with fabulous food, a 20-minute firework display, dancers in catsuits and Cheryl Cole as guest of honour and what do you get? An unforgettable night out, that’s what!

This year’s de Grisogono Party, which was hosted by Fawaz Gruosi (who looked stylish in a stunning blue suit), was spectacular from start to finish. In style terms alone there was plenty to get excited about. Cheryl Cole stole the show on not one, but three occasions! First, she wowed us with her breath-taking Roberto Cavalli strapless black tulle gown and dazzling de Grisogono jewels. Then she delivered a great 30-minute set on stage, which included the song such as Stand Up. And finally, she gave us a look at her cute and daring side with a coral red twisted pleat georgette dress by Julian McDonald. What a woman!

Special mention also should be made of Naomi Campbell, who looked fantastic in a short white beaded L’Wren Scott dress and those dancers in red glitzy catsuits and black jackets (I was exhausted just looking at them dance away to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal). Wow!