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“Keep giving them champagne and shoes and they’ll never leave,” said Federica Cuce, eyeing fellow guests at a shopping party for bankers, brokers and bond traders at the new Jimmy Choo store on London’s Bond Street. So enthusiastic was this crowd that by 9:15 p.m., Choo staffers were forced to turn off the champagne taps, lock up the storeroom and signal to their shoe-crazy guests that it was time to go.

Meanwhile, south of the river, Alexander McQueen, Nigella Lawson, Dan Macmillan, Jacquetta Wheeler, Matt Collin Shaw, David Bailey, Terry Gilliam and Marie Helvin celebrated the Saatchi Gallery’s first anniversary at County Hall, taking in a show there called “New Blood — The Saatchi Collection.” The exhibition shows off the spoils of Charles Saatchi’s manic collecting over the past 18 months, and features known artists like Martin Kippenberger and Luc Tuymans — and a lot of unknowns — including Stella Vine, whose painting of Princess Diana in tears is making waves in London.

This story first appeared in the March 25, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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