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The London crowd came to the Roundhouse last Thursday to toast Hogan’s new Olympia-inspired sneakers, but a quick survey of guests such as Saffron Aldridge, Sophie Conran and Freddie Windsor proved that nothing beats a pair of heels. “I’m wearing them tonight,” said Nancy Dell’Olio, pointing to her four-inch Dolce & Gabbana strappy sandals as she walked through the traveling exhibit, which features vintage photos of sports champs as well as athletic equipment covered in Hogan leather. “Low heels are for walking the dog,” quipped Cozmo Jenks, who went one higher with yellow-ribboned platforms. The evening’s host, Hogan chief Emanuele Della Valle

, there with Luca Del Bono, Andrea Della Valle, Diego Della Valle and Giulia Costantini, didn’t want to commit to shoe height. “Hmm,” Della Valle said, as he pondered the question. “It all depends on the length of the legs.”

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Across the world in Los Angeles, at a dinner hosted by Hogan for Plum Sykes at Susan Campos’ Bel-Air home, conversation was less about shoes and more about bags (particularly the rectangular Anelli, which Sykes, between sips of a Plum-tini and bites of plum crumble, compared with the Fendi baguette). Each starlet in attendance, from Mena Suvari to Monet Mazur and Marley Shelton to Michele Hicks, accessorized her outfit accordingly. “I didn’t mean to choose the most expensive bag in the store,” said Hicks, gesturing to her lizard Fisarmonica. “It just went with my Marc Jacobs coat.”

“But it’s totally karmic when the bag goes well with your outfit,” Shelton assured her.

Kiera Chaplin simplified things by choosing her Hogan first and her outfit later. “Sometimes it’s easier to pick the bag, then pick the clothes. One never knows what to wear to parties in L.A. anyway.”

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