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ANYA'S GARDEN: British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch was in town showing her wares last week, but had to skip out on New York Fashion Week — for political reasons. No, it had nothing to do with Hillary or Barack, but instead with David Cameron, the leader of Britain's Conservative Party and the Tories' annual Black and White Ball. Hindmarch agreed to help decorate the gala and, in typical fashion, went all out. The event Wednesday night in Battersea Park will include eight intimate gardens, all decorated differently — including a maze, a formal English garden, a vegetable garden, a "green" garden (she is, after all, the designer of the Not a Plastic Bag bag) and one complete with a caravan. Hindmarch compared the undertaking with London's famed Chelsea Flower Show, and said more than 300 trees will be brought in for the night alone. "I think everyone is going to think we're mad, totally mad," she said.
Of course, that didn't mean Hindmarch skipped out entirely on commerce. She celebrated her new Meatpacking District showroom twice last week with intimate affairs. The first was with a low-key cocktail party that drew the likes of Lily Cole, Gillian Hearst-Shaw and Jessica Joffe, while the next night the designer hosted a dinner that drew guests such as Tory Burch, Lucy Sykes, Thom Browne, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti and Deborah Needleman.