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DRAMATIS PERSONAE: “I’ve been taking my out-of-town friends to parties around London all week, and tonight we’ll probably end up at The Box — which walks the line between decadent and clean fun,” said Princess Tatiana of Greece at the Whitechapel Gallery’s annual fund-raiser in east London Thursday night. “Then again, I might just go home to bed.”
Tod’s hosted the Art Plus Drama party, where guests included party co-chair Jude Law — who skidded in late; Matt Collishaw; Polly Morgan; Julie Verhoeven; Fatima Bhutto; Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman; Andrea Della Valle; Erdem Moralioglu; Angela Harnett; Astrid Munoz, and Sue Webster.
The evening featured readings by actors including Hayley Atwell, Sally Hawkins, and Tom Hollander, and a solo performance by prima ballerina Marta Romagna of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala."The people tonight — from the artists, actors, script writers, to one of the principal ballerinas from Teatro alla Scala — and the performances and charity auction is fantastic. It’s a mix that only London can produce,” said Della Valle. “It’s an iconic evening, and I’m happy to be part of it.” The auction raised 225,000 pounds, or $364,500, and featured a one-off color-splashed Tod’s D-Bag, customized by the artist Ian Davenport.
Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, the evening’s other co-chair, talked about her newest job — as senior director of the soon-to-open Pace Gallery in London. “It’s the first gallery we have in London, and it’ll open later this year,” said Dent-Brocklehurst, who was most recently art adviser to Roman Abramovich.
Across town in Mayfair, Diane von Furstenberg’s troops were out in force earlier in the evening, raising money for the Vital Voices women’s charity. Baroness Mary Goudie hosted a cocktail on the designer’s behalf, with guests including Charlotte Tilbury, Lucy Yeomans, Rena Sindi, and Sydney Ingle-Finch.