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STELLA LIGHTS UP: It’s something of a tradition for Stella McCartney to have Brit comedians turn on the Christmas lights at her Bruton Street boutique in London: In the past, stars of “Little Britain” and Peter Kay have done the honors — and this year it was the turn of surreal act The Mighty Boosh. Dressed as Gothic grannies in nylon dresses, gray wigs and black eyeliner — a getup they described as “Stella’s new collection,” — the five-piece cast, fronted by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, played a few of the rock numbers from their offbeat BBC television show to a crowd gathered on the street in front of the store.
McCartney danced along at the side of the stage, joined by guests including her husband, Alasdhair Willis; sister, Mary McCartney; Twiggy, and Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman, before the band switched on the store’s window display, which featured an illuminated Santa, reindeer and holly. Later, guests piled inside the store to sip Champagne and nibble on candy canes. McCartney admitted she asked Fielding and Barratt to perform “because we like their outfits — they’ve got good fashion sense.” And while it might have been a raucous start to Christmas for McCartney, she said she would spend the actual holiday in a more low-key fashion “hanging out with the family at home.”