A promising entrance at Loulou's...
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Are you ready to go on a journey?
7.30pm... waiting outside Loulou's entrance (http://jetsetreport.com/nightlife.php?articleId=616). The show is about to start... I smile at the security who politely invites me to come through. I walk down a beautiful and atmospheric staircase. A bunch of actors dressed in costumes frantically runs around, and asks me... 'have you got the time? Is it time yet?'. Although it all felt part of the performance, it did not take me long before realising I had come too early, and I was not supposed to be there.
Here on my own, I found myself walking back up to the entrance with a feel of magic, and envy to perform myself and go on an adventure for the night...
7.45pm... The line of VIP and guests officially builds up outside Loulou's. We can enter officially!
A giant human egg welcomes us. We all walk down that same staircase, and are welcomed by magical characters.
'A cup of tea?', asks one of the characters 'Yes, with pleasure!'
Vodka tea is something I had never experienced before, and I have to say... it was quite lovely! Wandering about on my own across the room... observing people... I found for myself a tiny chair to rest my bum, and finish my 'cup of tea'. It did not take long before the King approached me...
'Lovely Lady... what is your story? I have here a magical ball, which I have cherished and polished with great care for a very long time. It tells me the future.'
ME: 'What does it tell you about me? What can you say about my future if your little globe is so clever?'
THE KING: 'Well, my dear Alice, that's for you to found out. All I like to do is talk about myself. But I can tell you great stories about me.'
And here I was, I had become Alice for the night!
The king disappeared and left me alone on my little chair with my cup of 'tea'.
It did not take long before one of the guests joined me for a chat... and I met my lovely and talented designer friend who created this show (Francesco Pastori).
A 'normal' chat and catch up in a surreal train booth setting with characters tumbling around, and asking me if I know what is my destination.
'I don't know!', I answered starring at the window of the train (a flat screen TV behind a train window frame transporting me to some weird surreal landscapes).
THE TRAIN CONTROLLER: 'Well, then my dear, you must find the 'Mad Hatter'!
At that point, I must admit, I was starving and decided to wonder through all the rooms to have a quick look before treating myself to a lovely meal at the restaurant.
But as I walked to the next room, I saw this giant constructions of sweets and macaroons hosted by a giant giraffe inviting me to help myself. A total treat! In the same luxury as Hansel and Gretel probably would have felt facing the Ginger Bread House, I found myself stuffing my face with a stupid amount of sweets and chocolate treats... and then... well, obvious result of it all... I crashed on the nearest sofa as I was so stuffed after eating so much! Very immature... but a very satisfying feeling after all.
'Okay, I give myself 5 minutes to rest.'
Nope, here is the Mad Hatter coming straight at me! 'Are you ready to go on an other adventure Alice?!'
Well, the truth is... I have always been a curious person.
'Yes, of course. What's your plan?'
THE MAD HATTER: 'Put on those goggles, and follow me!'
WOW, BLOODY HELL! What I saw through those goggles was nothing like what I had ever experienced before. All my senses were messed around, my notions of perspective inverted, and here I was, following this mad man across the restaurant and VIP lounge with a completely distorted vision. A truly unique experience!!!
So much more fun to follow... a parade... a crowning of the new Queen... my good bye to the King! and my way back into the 'normal' world, or shall we call it LalaLand ;-)
Congratulations to so many people, along with my dear friends Francesco Pastori, and Stella Scott for making this night so special!
Jefferson Hack celebrates the 25th issue of AnOther Magazine with a Through the Looking Glass themed party in London
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My little encounter with one of the characters...
A beautiful opportunity to feel like a little girl again asking questions about life and choices...
A very lovely, and entertaining evening!