Liberatum Cultural Honour For Francis Ford Coppola

Three branches of the Coppola clan gathered to celebrate the grand career of their patriarch, famed Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, on a rainy Monday night at London’s Bulgari hotel. “Monday is funday!” quipped Coppola wearing a gray suit with a watermelon tie and odd socks (his take on formal attire), and as guests circulated in the Bulgari ballroom, it certainly felt as though the Christmas season were kicking off. The reception and dinner hosted by Indian impresario Pablo Ganguli, the founder of the global cultural diplomacy forum, Liberatum, started with a screening of Gia Coppolas directorial feature film debut, Palo Alto. Friends from actor Jeremy Irons (who was determined to fix Coppola’s broken watch by candlelight) to fellow director Terry Gilliam; model Eva Herzigova, wearing Céline trousers and a tailored Balenciaga tuxedo; and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, clad in a leather and tweed Louis Vuitton dress, completed the charismatic crowd.

Dressed in a sixties-style two-piece and dazzling monochrome heels from Louis Vuitton, Gia Coppola divulged that she is in the throes of her next project, an original screenplay: “Writing is the greatest thing and the most torturous thing. But I follow the advice of my grandfather—just keep going.” The director was joined by Erdem Moralioglu, who looked impeccable in Dries Van Noten but told us: “I’m living in a permanent building site. I go from my East London home, which is being completely renovated, to the site of my first store that’s opening in Mayfair.”

As guests sampled the smoked salmon, seared beef, and gianduja mousse, punctuated by rousing blasts of Carmen, conversation at the table turned to etiquette. “Not replying to an invitation is still the height of rudeness, but phones at the dinner table can be fun,” said interior decorator Nicky Haslam. “I’ve just Instagrammed [the artist] Gavin Turk’s beard,” retorted Rachel Johnson, former editor of The Lady magazine, as if in evidence. Dinner was complete when Mr. Coppola rose to his feet to end the night on a consistently convivial note: “Come and visit the Napa Valley, and say that Francis invited you!”

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