From Formula One To Fashion At The Amber Lounge By The Luxury Channel

Eddie Irvine and Rachel Hunter

Eddie Irvine and Rachel Hunter

Founded by Sonia Irvine, sister of Ferrari Formula One star Eddie Irvine (pictured above) and launched at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2003, Amber Lounge has always been surrounded by a bit of a buzz. The premise was simple: to create a truly VIP party that reflected the glamour and exclusivity of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Over the years, Amber Lounge has carved a reputation as a unique venue where F1 drivers, celebrities, royalty and regular race fans can come together to enjoy a stylish, fun night out. Amber Lounge parties have been hosted throughout the world including Shanghai, Valencia and Barcelona.

The Amber Lounge Fashion Show was launched in 2006, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, to raise funds for notable charities. Amber Lounge Fashion has received support from major fashion labels including Missoni, Matthew Williamson, Hervé Léger, Hugo Boss, Chopard and Jimmy Choo.

Jules Bianchi in Pal Zileri as Jenson Button looks on

Jules Bianchi in Pal Zileri as Jenson Button looks on

Hosted at Le Meridien Beach Plaza’s stunning poolside, Amber Lounge Fashion once again united the worlds of fashion and motor sport to support the event’s official charity, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. A dazzling combination of feminine grace and masculine distinction took over the catwalk this year. Headlining designer Andrew Gn dressed the models, celebrities and the women of Formula One in his opulent designs, which boasted luxurious, exquisite fabrics. Aennis Eunis had everyone on the catwalk wearing Middle Eastern-inspired shoes, which accompanied Andrew Gn’s designs.

Adrian Sutil in Pal Zileri

Adrian Sutil in Pal Zileri

Stars of Formula One, including Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Valtteri Bottas, Jules Bianchi, Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde and Max Chilton took to the catwalk, alongside sports stars Cameron Jerome and Damian Batt. Gentlemen were all fitted and prepared for the runway by Italian designer Pal Zileri and enjoyed the attention of the runway for a spectacular night, amidst the pressures of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Heartthrob Brian McFadden gave this year’s Amber Lounge Fashion audience a one-of-a-kind performance, entertaining the VIP guests present, and tying together the whole evening, with performances from his new album The Irish Connection.

Max Chilton in Pal Zileri

Max Chilton in Pal Zileri

From inspiring surprises to astounding donations, the Charity Auction had the guests on their toes with one-off auction lots, including a unique lot donated by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco: a 7-star Safari Experience in South Africa combined with an original Nelson Mandela photograph board signed by the Princess. Other lots included a Formula One World Champions photograph signed by Mr. Bernie Ecclestone and F1 title winners including Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The post-show cocktail party had all the guests, including Jenson Button, Stacy Keibler, Rachel Hunter and Jeremy Clarkson, mingling and enjoying G.H.Mumm champagne. For those wanting something lighter, Gize offered their gold-filtered sparkling water, and EQ8 provided everyone with natural energy drinks.

After the sunset, guests had a chance to experience a remarkable dinner, and later moved to the Amber Lounge to continue the party until the early hours of the morning.