The Epicurean

Fiona Leahy, Party Designer

The art of entertaining is an art in itself and Fiona Leahy is one of its most important masters. She deploys her many talents to organise the world's most sought-after parties in fashion and show business. These events, which she directs with meticulous care, are works of art in themselves. They combine a remarkable and refined yet sexy aesthetic to the delight of Louis Vuitton, Dita Von Teese or the artist Yayoi Kusama. This high priestess of the art of hosting shares some of her secrets with us.

How do you define good taste?

It's very hard to define and that's what makes it so special. It's something you see and you feel.

What does the future (your future?) taste like?

My future hopefully tastes quite sour - I love whisky sours and pisco sours! I am also trying to reduce my sugar intake, so sour and salty.

If your style was a drink, what would it be?

A margarita on the rocks with a pink Himalayan salt rim.

What does the art of hosting mean to you?

The art of hosting means being considerate and giving. It's to want to please and for your guests to enjoy their experience.

When do you feel the most welcome when being entertained?

When my needs are anticipated: if I go somewhere and someone has my favourite drink. And I love when there's a beautiful personalised placement at a dinner.

What is your definition of a great evening? Is there a magical ingredient?

Positive energy, humour and kindness.

What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food and drinks?

Toasted cheese sandwiches with white bread - no nutritional value but delicious. I used them for a Louis Vuitton party and elevated them with a monogrammed branding stamp on the bread.

What is your ideal situation for enjoying fine dining with the people you love?

My ideal situation is to have delicious food, wonderful ambience and great service.

When entertaining at home, what is your secret weapon?

A really brilliant curated playlist, a wicked sense of humour and a well-stocked drinks trolley.