GREEK TO ME: The mazelike iridescent summer pavilion may have been built by Spanish architects for the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park, but during the party Thursday night, the country on most everyone’s lips was Greece.
“We must stand by Greece!” said Christopher Kane, who hosted the Serpentine Gallery’s annual summer party, with guests including Kate Hudson, Alexa Chung, Lara Stone, Poppy Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Designers such as Kane, Julien Macdonald and Roland Mouret are all planning to visit Greek islands including Mykonos and Cefalonia this summer to recharge their engines and channel some money into the debt-ridden country’s beleaguered economy.
Rose Marie Bravo and Stephen Jones, meanwhile, were just happy to be in Hyde Park, and admitted the Serpentine party was a rare treat.
“In all those years I never came — and I lived across the street,” admitted Bravo, the former chief executive officer of Burberry. “Well, I did have a lot on my plate then.”
Jones is usually preparing for the couture shows in Paris, but they’re a week later this year. The designer said he’s been working on the new Louis Vuitton private museum in the Parisian suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine and after the couture season is heading for a Mediterranean holiday on a private yacht, “with 14 crew members,” he said with a contented smile.
Another guest, designer Daniella Helayel, is back in action after leaving her Issa label in 2013.
“I’m finalizing the investment in my new clothing line,” said Helayel, who will continue to work in London.
The party featured a performance by Spandau Ballet and the pavilion, designed by Spain’s Selgas Cano, marks the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine’s summer architectural program. It will remain on display until October.