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The largest A|X Armani Exchange store to date will make its debut on London's Regent Street in September.

TEA TIME: Afternoon tea for dinner may seem a rather eccentric offering, but that's just what Charlotte Ronson served up Thursday evening to celebrate the reopening of her namesake boutique in NoLIta. After showing off her renovated digs on Mulberry Street, Ronson coaxed a very downtown crowd to Alice's Tea Cup on the Upper East Side for a dinner of pumpkin scones, cookies and dainty tea sandwiches. As a camera crew stormed the tiny eatery filming Ronson for a Soapnet series, guests like Annabelle Dexter-Jones (Ronson's muse), Ann Dexter-Jones, Kate Young and Shoshanna Gruss happily dug into the overflowing trays. But the vitamin energy-spiked cocktails proved a harder sell. "After a second sip it gets better," said a diplomatic Gruss of her tropical citrus one dubbed "The Alice." The hostess, too, seemed wary. After a tentative sip of "The Charlotte," a dragonfruit and Berry Bunch Tea concoction, Ronson delicately pushed hers aside. "You know there's a dessert that has my name," she offered. "But I was never lucky enough to have a mother who would make it for me."

POP ART: Barneys New York will be adding a French touch to its displays come New York's round of ready-to-wear shows this September. The store tapped French creative collective Surface to Air to design pop-up cardboard cutouts for its windows. The collaborators are also expected to host a party during the shows.

FASHION AND FINANCE: Coutts, the private London bank, is backing the exhibition celebrating Matthew Williamson's 10th anniversary in the fall at London's Design Museum. In return, the designer is lending the 315-year-old bank a touch of his luxe hippie glamour. Williamson will host a preview of the exhibit for Coutts clients, and take a select group on a tour of his studio.

His designs will also be featured on the windows of the bank's headquarters on London's Strand during the exhibition's run. "A third of our clients are female and a third are entrepreneurs, so it's a nice brand association," said a spokeswoman for Coutts, best known as the bank that Queen Elizabeth II uses. It's not the first time the bank has dipped its toe into the world of fashion — Stella McCartney and Ozwald Boateng have designed credit cards for Coutts, and last year Alice Temperley held a private runway show for clients in the bank's hallowed halls. Williamson's exhibition opens Oct. 17.
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