Last night, ELLE hosted the second in our exciting new series of Influencer Dinners.
The concept: gather together some of most brilliant people we know to edit ELLE for the night, adding their unique creative voices to our ongoing conversation about what matters to you, the ELLE reader
Round the table was a host of brilliant, influential names
Broadcaster, Kirsty Wark; novelist, screenwriter and ELLE columnist Emma Forrest; pop-up chef and food writer, Gizzi Erskine; jean queen, Donna Ida; Deputy Editor of the New Statesman and ELLE writer, Helen Lewis; artist Amy Gadney; Commissioning Executive for Film 4s Film4.0, Anna Higgs; TV and radio presenter, Jameela Jamil and PR Jonathan Hackford.
The W Residences at the W Hotel in Londons Leicester Square hosted us for the night in one of their luxury 8th floor penthouses, with dramatic panoramic views of the glittering city below - a suitably stylish setting for a night of inspiring and animated conversation.
On the agenda: what feminism means today, how women are portrayed in the media, female solidarity and the power of the Internet and social media.
Peter Lloyd, Executive Chef for the Ws Spice Market Restaurant and his team of chefs prepared a special dinner in the private kitchen, adding a touch of theatre to the event.
On the menu: butternut squash soup with ginger cream and Thai basil; shaved tuna, chilli tapioca, Asian pear and coconut-lime dressing; char-grilled chicken, kumquat lemongrass dressing and ovaltine kulfi, caramelised banana with a spiced More