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DIOR’S LONDON JAUNT: Christian Dior opened its new 2,690-square-foot London boutique on Bond Street last week and celebrated Thursday night with a buzzy party in the space followed by a dinner at Claridge’s hotel.
Stella Tennant, Lily Donaldson, Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Goode, Kelly Brook and Chloe and Cara Delevigne were among the guests who sipped Champagne at the store, which has been done in soft grays and white to evoke a French apartment. Actress Jaime Winstone spun a mix of Blondie and Beyoncé as a soundtrack to the revelry.
At Claridge’s, the underwater-themed John Galliano for Dior tree was on display in the lobby. “I think it’s the most avant-garde and surreal Christmas tree there is,” said Michael Howells, who designs sets for Galliano and helped with the magical tree, which is designed to look like glittering coral and is decked with silver fish and pink sea horses. “John said he wanted something from another world, and under water is another world,” noted Howells.
Sidney Toledano, president and chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, said the U.K. has been an important region to Dior “for many years,” noting that the house had dressed Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Windsor and Princess Margaret. “London has always had a lot of clients appreciating couture,” said Toledano, adding that the boutique will appeal to London’s international residents, who are attracted to the “energy and success of the city,” alongside tourists and local clients.