LONDON — “I know they look pretty and cute, but actually they are really difficult to walk in,” said Charlotte Casiraghi, referring to her sparkly Miu Miu-clad feet.
Dressed in a black Stella McCartney jacket and matching jeans, Casiraghi was among the guests at her boyfriend Alexander Dellal’s exhibition of British sculptor Alex Hoda’s work. The show, in a temporary space near Oxford Circus, was part of the international program at Dellal’s gallery, 20 Projects.
“The whole body of work came about as I was trying to give up cigarettes,” said Hoda of his show, which is titled “Hostage,” unveiled on the eve of Frieze Art Fair, which runs through the weekend.
The sculptures, he said, are blown up bronze casts of chewed Nicorette gum. “It’s called Hostage because I was essentially a hostage to the cigarettes. I went through about 500 packets of Nicorette chewing gum while I was working on the project and in the end, I still didn’t manage to give them up.”
After London, the show will move to Australia and then Dellal will travel to Berlin, where he is working on a building project in the Mitte district with his godfather Mario Testino.
“It’s his first time doing a property project so there’s quite a lot of hand holding,” he said. “But it’s an incredible building — an old Venetian Palazzo — and it’s on the same street as the Brazilian embassy so we are always close to home,” added Dellal, who grew up between the U.K. and Brazil.
Meanwhile, over at the Tod’s flagship on Old Bond Street, Dionne Bromfield gave a live performance as guests checked out the Italian brand’s new Signature collection.
“I’m trying to get myself established for me — not because of anybody else,” Bromfield, 15, said. “Amy [Winehouse] was a huge influence on me, but she was an influence on many people, so I don’t consider myself totally unique in that regard.”
Guests, including Margo Stilley, Allegra Hicks, Zoe de Givenchy, Amber Aitkens, and Cosima Ungaro spent the evening sipping Bellinis courtesy of Harry’s Bar, grazing on chunks of Parmesan, and checking out the leather goods.
But all Stilley could think about was how the teenage Bromfield manages her work week: “She did a show last night, and I just found myself worrying how she keeps up with her school work — she’s so tiny and so young. Yesterday they had to pick her up from school for her sound check!”