Women’s Wear Daily
04.23.2014
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Sir Philip Green Fetes Topshop, Topman L.A. Showroom

The space will accommodate both celebrity dressing and appointment-only shopping.

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TOP OF THE TOWN: Sir Philip Green threw a private dinner at Soho House West Hollywood Tuesday night to celebrate the opening of the Topshop and Topman private showroom on Melrose Avenue. Opening ahead of the company’s first Los Angeles store at The Grove in February, the space will accommodate both celebrity dressing and appointment-only shopping, so clients can actually purchase the latest pieces. “I know when people see a storefront with the windows papered over they usually think it’s closed, but we’ve only just opened,” said Green, who was also in town for a wedding. Joining him was an eclectic crowd — by Hollywood dinner-party standards — that included Britney Spears (barely recognizable but for the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” -style cardigan and collared shirt), Sofia Vergara, Dita Von Teese, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Mario Lopez, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and new girlfriend Carmen Electra, and Nicole Richie. There was a place card marked simply “Kate” presumably for Kate Moss, though she wasn’t spotted at dinner. Green didn’t reveal where his next U.S. store would be, pointing to his nose and saying, “I follow this,” but he did visit South Coast Plaza and ventured that there could eventually be 15 to 20 U.S. locations. He also expressed confidence in the European economy and nonchalance about Chinese inflation, saying, “I produce less in China now than I did five years ago. I’m a speed guy, and it’s all about bringing it closer to home. We’re producing in 30 countries, including many in Europe.”

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