ANYA'S EDEN: "I'm fascinated! It's like a good soccer match," said Anya Hindmarch, weighing in on the U.S. electoral race. There's a reason Hindmarch had politics on the brain last Wednesday night: She decked out the Tory party's annual black-and-white ball — turning a usual fusty affair into a garden party. Guests included Conservative Party stalwarts Samantha Cameron, wife of party leader David Cameron; Trinny Woodall; Charles and Sydney Finch; Ben and Kate Goldsmith; Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith; Jemima Khan; Annabel Goldsmith; Marie Chantal of Greece; Nadja Swarovski; Lady Helen Taylor; Amber Nuttal; Saffron Aldridge; Alice and George Bamford, and Bryan Ferry. The event, held under a tent in London's Battersea Park, was inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, with a series of green spaces, including a traditional English country garden, an herb garden, an allotment, and a stately garden, all glowing by candlelight.
And while politics may have been the excuse for going, it certainly wasn't the evening's only entertainment. Woodall and Sydney Finch compared their coordinating floral Prada dresses, while Samantha Cameron joked about the tent's lethal greenhouse effect. "The moisture is going to wreck havoc with my hair!" Eden has its faults, after all.
BRONZED BRITS: London designers may not be blessed with Mediterranean weather, but why can't they have that sun-kissed hue so favored by their Italian counterparts? This week, designers including Luella Bartley, Nathan Jenden and Christopher Kane are all sporting the sort of healthy glow that comes from a monthlong romp around the Aeolian Islands. It's all thanks to allover tan treatments from the cult British brand San Tropez, which also counts Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and Cat Deeley among its fans. No word on whether Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh or Roksanda Ilincic — whose skin is like alabaster — have also hopped aboard, but in the meantime, fashion-watchers are scanning for suspicious tan lines.