“Come here, I want a kiss from you,” cooed Tamara Mellon to the most desirable male at the cricket match on Sunday at the Getty family’s estate in Wormsley, England. “Isn’t he just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?” She was attempting to lure Aurelius Cy, the three-year-old son of Elle Macpherson and Arki Busson. But the little one, who was playing tag with his father, was not bewitched. They were flitting about at Tara Getty‘s Buckinghamshire estate, where the crowd that came for De Beers LV’s cricket match in aid of the Africa Foundation included Matthew Mellon, Natascha McElhone, Matthew Freud, Elisabeth Murdoch, Tim Jefferies, Jacob Rothschild, Evelyn and Lynn de Rothschild, and Sol and Heather Kerzner. But many of the partygoers were more taken with the library than the action on the pitch. Guests oohed and aahed over first editions of “The Canterbury Tales,” “The Faerie Queen,” Shakespeare’s folios, pages from the Gutenberg Bible and stacks of illuminated manuscripts and prayer books.
The following day, Diane von Furstenberg and Roberto Stern took over a riverside room at Somerset House for the U.K. launch of her jewelry line with H. Stern. “It was a very long engagement — and then we had a baby,” said the designer. “It took me 25 years to convince them this line was a good idea.”
Those who came to celebrate the birth were Pia Getty, Domitilla Getty, Christian Louboutin, Jemima Khan, Elizabeth Hurley, Arun Nayar, Karen Groos, Daphne Guinness, Claudia Cohen and Emily Oppenheimer. Von Furstenberg was on a fly-by visit to London, stopping at Tom Stoppard‘s hot new play, “Rock’n’Roll,” at the Royal Court theater, and dropping in on artist Julian Opie. “I sent him one of my wrap dresses for an installation — and cannot wait to see what he’s done with it,” von Furstenberg said.
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Earlier last week, Julien Macdonald showed off his new wallpaper line with Graham and Brown in the garden of the Hempel hotel in north London. “For me, walls were the obvious next place for design,” said Macdonald, who was leaning against a pillar papered in one of his green-and-white floral prints. “We live in such bland homes these days, we need a bit of color.”
There was also a big bash thrown by the Morris clan to fete the reopening of the David Morris Bond Street flagship, decorated by David Collins. Vodka and mounds of Beluga caviar were served to guests Isabel Goldsmith, Bianca Jagger, Jasmine Guinness, Alexandra Spencer-Churchill, Assia Webster and Melissa Odabash, who forgot to pick up her loaner gems.
“I need some jewelry now,” said Odabash, tapping on one of the sparkling glass display cases, moments after walking through the door. “Erin [Morris] promised me some, but I was running late.”
On the same continent about 700 miles away, an international crowd gathered in Venice to pay tribute to Guy Bourdin and celebrate the launch of a two-volume book by the late photographer’s muse Nicolle Meyer, “Guy Bourdin, a Message for You.” Luxury skin care brand La Mer sponsored the cocktail soiree at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and a candlelit dinner followed on a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Alber Elbaz, who wrote the forward of the book, gushed over the late photographer. “He was a great storyteller, poetic and strong,” said Elbaz. “Each photo seems like a movie scene.”