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It felt a bit as if the British had invaded the Beverly Hills Hotel last night at a cocktail party hosted by Sir Elton John, David Furnish and Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey who marshaled the forces in honor of British "GQ's" Hollywood issue.
The mag's creative fashion director Jo Levin, said the glossy, which hits stands later this week, contains a 20-page portfolio paying tribute to U.K. actors, writers and producers that have made it big in Tinsel Town. "And we thought what better way to do that than dress them all in Burberry -- the most British of brands," she said.
Among the 250 guests hobnobbing in the Polo Private Room were Mena Suvari, Mario Testino and Saffron Burrows (all paying homage by wearing pieces from the 151-year-old clothier -- with nary a signature check between them) and "Will and Grace" actor Eric McCormack (in John Varvatos) who says he's known Furnish since his high school days.
"We did musicals together in 11th and 12th grade," he said. "We haven't seen much of each other since but we have stayed in touch through other people."
He told the Mirror that the real scoop was back across the pond. "You want a story? I was just at their [David and Elton's] new place in London and David's closet was this absolutely huge room. You could just take a picture of it and run that -- it wouldn't even need any words."
As for the Rocket Man himself, he rocked to the beat of his own sartorial drummer with a Yohji Yamamoto pinstripe suit and purple tie (with pink spider-web embroidery) that managed to perfectly match both eyeglass lenses and pocket square.