Emma Lewisham is spreading her magic overseas. The founder of her namesake cult New Zealand clean skincare label hosted an intimate dinner at Studio Ashby in London, a moment to connect with her community away from home.
On Thursday, July 20 an assortment of the city's most fashionable faces made their way to Caxton Street for a three-course meal prepared by The River Cafe and overseen by the inimitable Ruth Rogers herself. Call it a natural pairing, we certainly will. Lewisham and Rogers are both big believers in the abundance of nature, and have championed this philosophy throughout their life's work. This level of care could be witnessed from the menu to the candlelit floral arrangements, the latter the work of Fjura, a London-based florist helmed by Australian-born Simone Gooch.
As guests arrived, spreading themselves across the entire studio designers like Rejina Pyo and Molly Goddard sipped bespoke negronis while models such as Lili Sumner and Sarah Ellen conversed, Veuve Clicquot in hand on the balmy late summer evening.
The menu was quintessential River Cafe. Guests sat down to plates of Prosciutto di San Daniele, focaccia, wild sea bass with zucchini flowers and tender wood roasted eggplant. For dessert, a zingy lemon tart to tip everyone over the edge. Elsewhere, Jessica Gomes could be seen nodding her approval.
Between courses, once all were suitably sedated, Lewisham addressed those present and announced plans to launch her carbon-positive skincare brand in Space NK in September 2023 – the first New Zealand brand the beauty retailer has welcomed among its ranks.
Recounting the evening to RUSSH, Lewisham shared images from the night, which you can peruse in the gallery below.
In March 2023, Emma Lewisham hosted an evening at the National Art School, as a love letter to Australia that included a performance by Florence + The Machine. See the images from that night, here.