LONDON LIGHTS: Kate Hudson, Christopher Bailey, Ozwald Boateng, Patrick Cox, Philip Treacy and Galen, Hilary and Alannah Weston browsed the glittering jewelry and watches in Selfridges' new Wonder Room before Stevie Wonder — who is not related to the room — began a performance Tuesday night. "People always worry about having a party in the store at night, but I love it," admitted Alannah Weston. "It's like that movie 'Mannequin,'" she said with a laugh.
The previous evening, rainy London got a taste of more tropical climes when Rena Sindi transformed the rooftop pool of London's Shoreditch House into a runway for a presentation of Chloé's spring collection, Sea, Sex and Sun. "It's just divine — it's so Rena," said Lillian von Stauffenberg, as models wearing Paulo Melim Andersson's printed dresses tottered precariously around the — thankfully heated — pool area on 6-inch platforms.
After guests including Lily Allen, Camilla Al Fayed and Noelle Reno had taken in the show, they drifted into dinner, served on white tablecloths splattered with multicolored paint and chairs covered in black PVC — an homage to the dresses in the collection. "You know, I think I had a pair of white dungarees exactly like this when I was a child," mused Amber Nuttall, examining the tablecloth.
As guests dined on tuna tartare and grilled wild sea bass, a three-piece band serenaded the different tables with Motown hits. "I got them from the beach in Saint-Tropez," said Sindi. "Everyone keeps recognizing them!"
PREGNANT PAUSES: "I can't remember, I can't remember anything," said a heavily pregnant Helena Bonham Carter at the launch of "Long Way Down," the latest book by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman at the Smythson flagship on London's Bond Street. Bonham Carter, who was wearing a black dress with a pale pink lacy cardigan, couldn't recall exactly who designed her getup — but that's pregnancy hormones for you. Meanwhile, Samantha Cameron, creative director of Smythson, and wife of David Cameron, leader of Britain's Conservative Party, was trying not to look pregnant in a navy blue smock cocktail dress from COS. "I was worried about how I would be photographed. I didn't want people thinking I was pregnant again!" said the mother of three. Guests at the event included McGregor, Amber Nuttall, Tim Burton and Jamie Dornan.