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LONDON — What’s a little rain to a Brit? A torrential downpour wasn’t about to get in the way of one of the biggest social events of the season for the 1,100 guests who attended the Serpentine Gallery’s summer bash here Thursday. And with typical stiff-upper-lipped elan, the drenching didn’t deter them from paying homage to their host, accessories label Jimmy Choo — even if it did mean the social set’s stilettos sank deeply into the mud at almost every step.
“What I want to know is, do we get a bag of free shoes on the way out?” asked Natalia Vodianova, who was anxious to strut her own Jimmy Choos on the dance floor to warm herself up. “In Paris it’s 36 degrees,” she cried (Celsius, that is, meaning it was nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit).
Taking shelter under this year’s architectural pavilion, designed by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, guests included Paris Hilton and her fiance, Paris Latsis, Brittany Murphy, Kid Rock, Kimberley Stewart, Tamara Mellon, John Frieda, Avery Agnelli, Jessica de Rothschild, Dan MacMillan, Francesca Versace, Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, John Varvatos and Roland Mouret.
Drinking cocktails with names like Glass Slipper, Serpentine Slingback, Sole Power and Stiletto and eating summer-truffle risotto cubes and wild raspberry sorbet lollipops, guests were entertained by DJs Queens of Noize, although an alternative set came from Tim Jeffries, who took his own spin at the turntables.
“The dull gray background makes the gorgeous shoes and dresses stand out even more,” said Vivia Ferragamo. “That’s what I love about London: Despite poor weather, the British are never fazed, they never fail to have a good time.”