Bright pink flashing lights, hundreds of champagne glasses lined up for taking, and scores of Patsy and Edina drag queens almost uncanny enough to take over for Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, should there be a sequel.

But Alex Perry’s awkward opening speech was one thing to put a small dent in the fun.

Addressing a packed crowd at the State Theatre in Sydney last night, the fashion designer used his public introduction speech to launch a sassy attack on David Jones. With a joke or two about cocaine and autism thrown in for good measure.

“When you watch Ab Fab, you see Patsy coming out of the bathroom and she’s been ‘racking up’,” he began.

“Sorry, ‘racking up’ is drug speak for people who do lines of cocaine, I Googled that. There’s never as much mirth in it when someone from the fashion industry is watching it because we’ve been at functions and we’ve watched that person go relentlessly to the bathroom 12 times. No one pees that often.”

Coke at fashion events? Groundbreaking.

He then offered a dig at David Jones, adding: “But, whatever it takes to get you through the DJs fashion launch.”

The designer’s speech only went downhill from there.

Describing his love for the series, he said: “Everytime I go to Asia I watch it on loop because the TV is so bad there, I mean I watch it on an autistic level.”

Some people in the audience laughed along nervously. Others remained silent.

Neither Saunders nor Lumley directly addressed the speech, although Lumley did tell the crowd: “I thought we were quite extreme until we came to Sydney.”

Lumley and Saunders were in Sydney to promote Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, in which their much-loved, hard-partying characters are forced to flee to the French Riviera after accidentally killing English supermodel Kate Moss.

Twenty-four years after making their debut on British television, the much-loved, Bollinger-swigging duo have finally made it to the big screen. And apart from upgrading to a more picturesque location, the two women haven’t changed a bit.

Alex Perry was dumped from David Jones at the end of 2013 due to poor sales.

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