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NATURAL INSTINCTS: “I was leafing through a big book of Helmut Newton shoots for general inspiration,” said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director. “And I came across a picture of a couple getting busy in some greenery, and thought ‘Yes! That’s it.’”

Voilà, the brand’s floral-themed pre-fall collection, which Choi has called “The Season” was born. On Wednesday night, Choi and the actress Thandie Newton cohosted a dinner — complete with an elaborate floral installation featuring 6,000 foxgloves, roses, and peonies — at the London garden center Clifton Nurseries to mark the launch. Guests included Laura Bailey, Natalie Massenet, Poppy Delevingne, Tallulah Harlech, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Amanda Ferry, Sheherazade Goldsmith, the Earl and Countess of Mornington and Portia Freeman.

This story first appeared in the May 24, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Inside the dining room, Jasmine Guinness and Newton were deep in a philosophical discussion about shoes. Comparing heel heights, Newton — who was wearing Jimmy Choos with a 120-mm. heel — said: “You know, men never actually look at your shoes. They look at the top third of you, here and here,” as she gestured illustratively. “Well, not unless they’re foot fetishists,” countered Guinness. “In that case, that’s the only thing they look at,” she added.

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