Wimbledon started Monday, but the London summer social season was already in high gear.
Last Tuesday, Christie’s hosted a private viewing of HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia’s jewelry collection for such luminaries as Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Pia and Christopher Getty, Isabelle Goldsmith and Dora della Gherardesca. “I love putting different colors and shapes together. I am inspired by everything,” said Dimitri, who spent the evening showing off his wares of amethyst, rock crystal, topaz, gold and chunky pearls.
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Roberto and Eva Cavalli zipped to London for the second time in a month to host the annual Serpentine Gallery summer bash on Wednesday, a Moroccan-inspired fete complete with hanging lanterns, miles of pink silk and passion fruit cocktails.
“Let’s sit here, it’s so sweet!” said Katie Holmes, pointing to a hill of luscious animal-print cushions designed by Cavalli.
Interior designer Kelly Hoppen kept a watchful eye on her stepdaughter, Sienna Miller (there, of course, with Jude Law), and slightly cramped the actress’ style. “Call me if you need anything!” a concerned-looking Hoppen said as Miller wandered away.
Tamara Mellon braved the crowd — which included Sir Paul Smith, Yasmin and Simon Le Bon, Tim Jefferies and Tracey Emin — in a curve-hugging Cavalli that revealed a lot of flesh around the middle. “I wish I’d done my abs yesterday,” Mellon said.
On the other side of town the same evening, the folks at Armani called in London superchef Giorgio Locatelli to whip up risotto and scallops for Joseph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Mike Figgis and Cosima Pavoncelli at Elms Lesters Paint Rooms. They’d all come post-performance of Tom Stoppard’s version of Pirandello’s “Henry IV,” at the Donmar Warehouse, in which the characters wear a mix of Armani suits and 11th-century royal robes.
But the food was more tantalizing than the theater, at least for Rosamund Pike.
“Giorgio certainly does it for me,” she said with a sly smile after finishing her bowl of rice.