DODO’S DAY: Sloane Square got a dash of the dolce vita as the Italian jeweler Pomellato feted the opening of its Dodo flagship in London on Thursday night. Dodo, named after the extinct bird from Mauritius, is Pomellato’s collection of gold and colored gemstone charms inspired by the animal kingdom. Guests — a mix of young socialites, fashionable bankers and the artsy crowd — included Bip Ling, Dalit Nuttall, Valeria Napoleone, Caroline Issa and Valeria Mancone. An investment banker at Nomura in London, Mancone played the poster girl for luxury goods. “People regularly queue for half an hour outside the Chanel shop in Hong Kong,” she said. “Even if the overall market is shaky, people always buy luxury.”
The 1,620 square foot store is housed in the former Bamford & Son space at number 31 and was designed by the Italian architect Paola Navone. The interiors channel “The Flintstones” in the best possible way. Walls are made to look like wet sand, while the ceiling is covered with bright green skinny rubber tubes made to look like psychedelic grass. Display cases are filled with small, handmade felt animals and tufts of grass.