On a January afternoon, as gale force winds and driving rains lash London, Brooke de Ocampo is unmussed in the kitchen of her Kensington town house. Her three toddler daughters wield crayons at an adjacent table while de Ocampo in süm Dior pants, Celine T shirt and cash mere Prada cardigan puts the finishing touches on the seated dinner for 20 she will serve in a few hours.
With a spatula in one hand, she spreads the contents of eight jars of dulce de leche brought back from a holiday trip to Buenos Aires över pastry shells to make rogel, a traditional Argentine dessert and the favorite of her Argentine husband, Emilio. In the other hand, she cradles the telephone, attempting to get her friend John Galliano on the line. (“Brooke exemplifies the Dior woman,” Galliano later comments. “Strong willed, in control of her cwn destiny, with an innate sense of elegance.”
De Ocampo, who is 35, has lived in London for only about a year she and Emilio, a banker, moved to the dty from New York when he was transferred by his company but she has already put herself on the map. Amid the upheaval of settling in and decorating a new house, with help from Manhattan interior design man darins Stephen Silis and James Huniford, de Ocampo has produced a glossy coffee table book, Bright Young Things London, just published by Assouline.
The book is the sequel to de Ocampo’s Bright Young Things, a successful 2000 collaboration with photographer Jonathan Becker that chronicled.