Doll, grab your gimlet and come meet our lovely friend, Lucy Sykes Rellie. Lucy is a British-born fashion designer and salonniere extraordinaire who lives in New York and serves as the fashion director of Rent the Runway, a chic destination for party dresses and accessories. Prior to joining Rent the Runway, Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire and the fashion editor at Town & Country as well as a creative consultant to brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, eBay and Cookie magazine. As if that weren’t enough, Lucy is a soon-to-be novelist. Her first book, which will be published by Doubleday and released in May, is about a fashion magazine editor-in-chief who comes back from a sabbatical to find her old assistant is now her boss and her magazine is now an app. Ooh la la. Sounds fun and dishy. Anyway, come listen in, darlin’. This dame knows a thing or two about how to throw a chic fête and she’s sharing her secrets.
Your entertaining style?
I adore having good friends over to my cottage at the beach. I serve simple, fresh, home-cooked comfort foods such as roast chicken, lamb, farm stand vegetables and Eton mess with strawberries. I love cooking so much that I do tend to disappear quite a bit so I can check on the food. For the table, I use an old-fashioned white linen table cloth and my great aunt’s old non-matching silver. I put garden flowers mixed with lavender and mint in an old champagne bucket and place tiny candles on sprinkled lavender.
A favorite party treasure?
I have a set of vintage cocktail glasses from the 1950s that I got on eBay that I use for serving French 75s, my favorite drink.
Last party you hosted?
My birthday party in December. It was in my New York apartment and I was so proud to have my Donald Robertsons on show!
Next party you’ll host?
A pre-summer night’s dinner in the garden at the beach with lanterns and candles around the pool and white fairy lights in the branches of my maple tree.
Most memorable party you attended?
Jemima and Imran Khan’s wedding in London
Most fascinating person you met at a party?
Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals
Dream dinner partner?
President Obama and Michelle
Party you wish you could go back in time to attend?
Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball
Party you’d love to throw?
I’m dying to throw an Indian summer party in the Hamptons.
How do you stay party ready: what’s always in your fridge or pantry?
Champagne, gin, ice and Pellegrino
Best conversation piece in your home?
The Blue Lady, a statue from the 1920 given to me by my grandmother
Signature topic of conversation?
Getting ready ritual?
Listening to Duran Duran with no children around me and dim lights
Your go-to party outfit?
Anything by Alaïa, Lanvin or Kaufman Franco. And don’t forget the divine jewels of Alexis Bittar and shoes by Tabitha Simmons.
Favorite shoes for dancing all night?
Most treasured thank-you note?
From Anna Wintour
Husbands that talk through their wives, wives that talk through their husbands, warm drinks and cold food.
Fun, smart and gorgeous guests
What will you wish for this year when you blow out your birthday candles?
This is a hard one. My wishes are not for me.