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Stella McCartney Goes ‘Ab Fab’ for Christmas Party

Actress Jennifer Saunders gets into character at designer’s annual celebration.

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SANTA SAUNDERS: Moan, moan, moan. That’s just how Jennifer Saunders, in character as Edina Monsoon from “Absolutely Fabulous,” entertained the crowds gathered at Stella McCartney’s Christmas lights party in London on Tuesday night.

Christmas in “Ab Fab” land, not surprisingly, is one big drag: “What is Christmas? I don’t understand Christmas. Oh, where are we going to eat? You’ve got to make it yourself. Oh, who’s going to get me a present? No! You’ve got to give presents! I don’t like it,” she said.

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Saunders — accompanied by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) — had the crowds giggling outside McCartney’s flagship on Bruton Street before she flicked on the colored Santa Claus, reindeer and Merry Christmas lights.

Guests including Sir Paul and Lady McCartney, Kate Moss and daughter Lila Grace, Sir Bob Geldof, Alexa Chung, Mariella Frostrup, Laura Bailey, Sir Peter Blake, Richard E. Grant, Lynn and Evelyn de Rothschild, Pam Hogg, and Barbara Daley grazed on roasted chestnuts, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and Champagne.

Saunders, who will be starring in three new episodes of “Absolutely Fabulous” in December and January, also regaled the crowds with her musings on p.r. and fashion. Turning to Moss, she said: “Darling, you can’t compete with the fetuses they are throwing down the runway anymore. You can’t cope with the prepubescents they are putting in Prada. You’re going to need some p.r.”

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