MOSTLY MARIO: Mario Testino swept into London on Monday for the Burberry show, and to receive the inaugural Moët & Chandon Etoile Award at a Thirties-themed party at the Park Lane Hotel. “I have a sore throat — that’s why you see me wearing this scarf,” said Testino before the show. “But I can tell you I’ll be consuming my fair share of Champagne tonight.” Jasmine Guinness, who planned to attend the black-tie event, co-hosted by Lady Amanda Harlech, Lucinda Chambers and Hamish Bowles, said: “There’s not a tuxedo left in this city.”

Testino’s moment of glory will be a brief one. “Unfortunately I’m not staying in London for long this time around. I’m busy working. Here tonight, and off again tomorrow. It’s the working class, you know. It’s got to be done,” he said.

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According to the company, the award celebrates an individual of exceptional talent and influence.

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