ASPREY’S WINTER WARMER: Christmas came early at Asprey in London when the jeweler hosted a “Winter Wonderland” party at its sprawling, Norman Foster-designed Bond Street store. “You have to see the sweet room,” said Lillian Von Stauffenberg, nodding to one of the rooms in the warrenlike store, which was filled with Christmas trees made from pink and green Ladurée macaroons, miniature cupcakes and chocolate fountains. But while a sugar rush was enough for some, many of the guests — who included Karen Groos, Laura Comfort and Maria Hatzistefanis — preferred to peruse the glittering diamond jewelry instead. “I love the feather necklace,” said Hatzistefanis, admiring a diamond and platinum feather-shaped pendant modeled by its designer, Amandine Mallen. “I’ve told my husband about it, so maybe I’ll get a surprise for Christmas,” she added, fingers crossed. And despite the specter of a looming recession, it seems the myriad gems on display had put guests in a similar mood for spending — a spokeswoman for Asprey said partygoers splashed out on $51,000 worth of purchases during the evening.
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The upscale Melrose Avenue boutique, owned by Rochelle Gores, carries the line, along with labels like Ungaro, Vivienne Westwood and Alexis Mabille. “I think it works here. It’s got a sensibility that is edgy and feminine,” Overland said. The 60 or so guests, including Nicky Hilton, zeroed in on Overland’s ultrasoft fitted leather jackets, which run from about $1,500 to $2,000, and signature leather stretch pants; some shoppers called after closing to buy smaller sizes while they were still in stock. The Norway-born, New York-based Overland said she might consider opening stand-alone stores in L.A. and New York at some point.