WHALE OF A TIME: Quintessentially and Van Cleef & Arpels teamed up for their first summer party on Thursday, transforming London's Hertford House into a Fifties-style seaside resort complete with striped deck chairs, tea lights and umbrellas. Beach revelers included hosts Ben Elliot, Aaron Simpson and Geoffroy Medinger, along with guests Lady Gabriella Windsor, Alice Temperley, Stephen Jones, Nick Jones, Charlotte Tilbury, Melissa Odabash, Nicky Haslam, Sheherazade Goldsmith, Ben and Kate Goldsmith, Sabrina Guinness, Patrick Cox, Poppy Delevigne, Sophia Hesketh and Marina Hanbury. Although Hertford House closed its doors at 1 a.m. — when the martini and Champagne taps went dry — hard-core partygoers rocked into the small hours during the after party at nearby members' club, Volstead.
SMELLING SALTS: "It's the Discovery Channel meets the Food Network," is how The New York Times fragrance critic Chandler Burr describes his upcoming "scent dinner" being held at The Carlyle on Monday. Indeed, for $200 a ticket, diners will be treated to a five-course meal featuring dishes created to reflect the notes found in perfumes such as Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue or Missoni's new scent. For instance, executive chef Jimmy Sakatos will serve an entrée of rock shrimp with heirloom baby carrots and a carrot ginger emulsion to match Roger and Gallet's Gingembre fragrance, which carries a hint of ginger. Before each bite, Burr will guide guests through a series of smells, breaking down fragrances, and thus the meal, into a combination of separate notes.