What Went On At The ELLE List 2019 Party

Olivia Blair
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Last night, ELLE celebrated 50 trailblazing, emerging forces from the worlds of fashion, beauty, music, politics and more in an exclusive glittering party.

List members mingled with guests like Game of Throne's Nathalie Emmanuel, Fleabag's Sian Clifford and Victoria's Secret models Leomie Anderson and Alexina Graham at Covent Garden's Petersham Nurseries to chat, drink and dance to tunes spun by Lady Leshurr and Matty Bovan.

The ELLE List, in association with Magnum, is a curated list of members of the next generation who are talented, free-thinking and disruptive.

Gina Martin, the activist who successfully lobbied the government to introduce a law against up-skirting photos after becoming victim to one at a festival, told ELLE of her happiness at being included.

'It's a very good list,' she said. 'It's very varied too of some people I didn't know about it so it's great.

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This was echoed by ELLE's Editor-In-Chief Farrah Storr in her event speech.

Addressing those on the list, she told the packed room: 'This is a list like no other, it doesn't celebrate power, it doesn't celebrate looks, it doesn't celebrate a sense of style - though, of course, you have all those things. It really celebrates the impact that you have all made in the world.

'Today, more than ever I think people are scared about standing apart from the crowd. But that is exactly what each and every one of you has done and that's what ELLE has always been about.'

The list's judges - Radio One's Clara Amfo, actor Michaela Coel, designer Simone Rocha, podcast host Pandora Sykes, model Leomie Anderson, CEO of Browns and Chief Fashion Officer at Farfetch Holli Rogers and ELLE's EIC Farrah Storr - were also there to congratulate the honourees they chose.

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For Chewing Gum's Coel, her line of work as a formidable actress meant she was well placed to pick people from different fields.

'I looked for people I'd already heard of,' she told us. 'I like a range of different fields. I'm into hair because of my line of work, I need musicians, hair stylists, actors and in my personal life I'm very into trying to find a way to live that is environmentally friendly. So I had a wide range of people to choose from.'

In particular, ELLE list members Jawara Wauchope, Little Simz and Blythe Pepino stood out for Coel.

'For Jawara, he's an artist. I love his designs and I love that he maintains natural hair texture,' she explained. 'Blythe's ethos and the actions she's taken in terms of stopping her music career to run Extinction Rebellion and be on a birth strike and being very open about her decision, I think is amazing.'

Amfo, who was featured on last year's list and this year returned as a judge said she 'was looking for people who are fearless and fun'.

'I know the word gets used over and over again but also authenticity,' Amfo told us on the red carpet. 'I just like people who are just themselves.'

Of course, the evening was to celebrate the influential people on the list while also making sure everyone had a top night. So, the most important question really is: what makes a good party?

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'The best party I've ever been to, I had to sign an NDA for so I can't tell you,' singer Raye told us. She did, however, reveal her three key ingredients for a great party: 'Mood, the company and the music.'

For Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood, her best party memories are from the early days of house parties, similar to the one her character Amy throws in the first series of the Netflix show.

'One of those people who had a big house when you were at school and you'd stay over and it would be crazy, like my party in Sex Education! That's probably the best party I've been too.'

For Ella Eyre it's food: 'that's the first thing I ask, "Are there any canapes?"'.

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For Amfo, people have got to come prepared to dance. Which is great, because ELLE's 2019 event definitely had all those things check.

So what is the go-to song to get a Radio One DJ on the dance floor? 'At the moment, anything from Beyonce's Homecoming album,' Amfo told us. 'She's just fabulous.'

With that, to help soothe the morning after the night before mood, Alexa, play Beyonce Homecoming in full.

Here's to another successful ELLE List. See you next year?

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