CARA DELEVINGNE’S PARTY PLAYBOOK

As Grazia turns 12 this week, we ask Party Queen Delevingne – face of Jimmy Choo’s most dance floor-worthy collection yet – to give us her tips on throwing the perfect bash
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CARA DELEVINGNE’S PARTY PLAYBOOK
Moore sandals, Jimmy Choo. Dress, vintage

IF THERE’S ONE SUPERMODEL WE’D LOVE TO GO OUT OUT WITH, it would hands down be Cara Delevingne. It’s not a hard choice. Known as much for her good-time antics off-camera as her impressive roster of fashion campaigns – Jimmy Choo’s disco-fabulous Cruise 2018 included – Cara’s most recent, starstudded 25th birthday bash is just one example of why we’d kill to party with her girl squad. Or at the very least compose a lovingly worded email request. Think Georgia May Jagger, Alice Dellal, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone and Adwoa Aboah causing merriment and mischief on a super yacht back in August. The Gulf of Mexico didn’t know what had hit it.

Lancer pumps, Jimmy Choo. Dress, vintage

“That was probably the most memorable party I’ve ever attended,” Cara tells Grazia. “Lots of fun-filled adventure: sky diving, whale and shark diving…” Sad we missed it, Cara. Next time, eh? 

What we can do, however, is take a leaf out of her party playbook ahead of Grazia’s 12th birthday this week. Let’s start with the basics, shall we? What to wear… “Glitter, sparkles and a feather boa if you’re interested.” Playlist? “Anything with Justin Timberlake is guaranteed to get me on the dance floor. Or I’m into Wild Thoughts; it’s the anthem. Although, Everybody Dance Now just popped into my head… If you put on a classic tune, I’ll probably dance to it. You know, even if there’s no music, I’ll probably dance anyway. I’m into ‘The Sprinkler’ or the classic ‘Shopping Trolley.’ That, or ‘Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box.’ I like a good electric slide moment. I’d put on Cameo’s Candy and get everyone doing The Slide. I like a good *NSYNC ’90s boyband move.” The perfect party guest, no? 

Hanover boots and Dhelia sunglasses, both Jimmy Choo. Dress, Fannie Schiavoni.

Speaking of guests, who would she invite to her dream dinner party? “Stephen Fry, David Attenborough, Judi Dench and Barack Obama,” she responds. “Ooh, that’s a fun dinner! It’s next Thursday. I’ll send out the invites tomorrow.”

It’s as eclectic and fun-loving a list as she is; the model-actress that’s had us all transfixed since she launched her career back in 2009. We’ve watched her evolve – from her style (“I guess I wear less statement T-shirts and baseball caps now. It’s more about a beret and a leather jacket,”) to her views (“Being male or female is less ‘opposite’ now than it has ever been. If you decide to wear a suit I don’t think that necessarily has to be masculine. To master a look it’s just about being comfortable with whatever you feel that day,”) and even her vocational journey as a whole, now encompassing film, book and TV-series projects as well as being a professional clotheshorse. A model polymath. 

Brandon boots, Jimmy Choo. Dress, Julien Macdonald.

“It wasn’t really a decision I made,” she explains. “I just think as a kid I grew up being creative and making things I enjoyed. The thing about labels is that if you’re an actress it doesn’t mean that you can only be an actress, or only be a writer. Anyone has the right to create whatever they feel. I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more people will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world.” All that, and partying too. How on earth does she manage it all?

Belle boots and Cloud clutch, both Jimmy Choo. Dress, Georges Chakra.

“I feel a lot less busy because I’m finally doing all the different things I wanted to do,” she reveals. “Will Smith [her co-star in Suicide Squad] gave me a piece of advice. He told me that even though we’re actors – and this applies to whatever job you do, really – it’s still important to treat yourself as though you’re an athlete, especially if you work a lot and have a demanding schedule. You have to treat your body as if you were a professional athlete. Look after yourself, sleep a lot and do all the things that will help you be able to do your job to the best of your abilities.” Her secret’s out.

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