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FLOWER CHILDREN: Cold winds may be blowing through London, but there’s a defiant smell of spring in the air thanks in part to Italy’s Maramotti family, who swept into London this week leaving heaps of flowers in their wake.

The owners of Max Mara hosted a dinner on Wednesday night at the Royal Academy in a room blooming with peonies, hydrangeas, roses and ferns – on the two long tables, around the fireplaces and even on the floor. Earlier in the day, Max Mara models wore flower prints and giant rosettes on sweatshirts for the brand’s one-off resort show in London.

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At the end of the evening, guests gathered handfuls of blooms and took them home. “Two just doesn’t seem right, so I took three,” said Charlotte Dellal, toting a handful of giant white peonies. Earlier in the evening, a pregnant Lily Cole arrived at the table with a pale pink long-stemmed rose in her hand.

Guests at the small dinner included Amy Adams, Polly Morgan, Karen Terracciano and Alice Eve.

Morgan is preparing for an upcoming group show in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she’ll be showing her flying machine held aloft by finches. Cole, meanwhile, is at work on a new retail project linked to her time, skills and objects sharing Web site,

Adams was spending her brief time in London with her daughter and husband, “taking in the sights – being an old-fashioned tourist. We’ve already been to the National Gallery and the Museum of Natural History, and I do want to have high tea somewhere – do you have any recommendations?” she asked.

Next month, Adams will travel to Montreal to begin filming “The Story of Your Life,” with Jeremy Renner, her former co-star in “American Hustle.”

Earlier in the day, following the runway show at the brand’s Bond Street flagship, company chairman Luigi Maramotti said London was a strong influence on the collection. “London after World War Two, destruction – but also flowers and gardens. It made sense to have the show here.”

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