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GREAT SCOT: Pringle of Scotland packed its new Mayfair boutique in London to bursting Monday night with guests including Tallulah Harlech, Quentin Jones, Polly Morgan, Yasmin Sewell, Gemma Arterton, Jade Parfitt, Zandra Rhodes and Pringle ambassador Tilda Swinton. The latter designed two wrap dresses as part of Pringle’s capsule Princess Grace Collection.

After the store-opening party, Swinton quickly changed into the black version of her Tilda dress and headed to The Connaught hotel, where she hosted an intimate dinner with a Scottish inflected menu that climaxed with brown-sugar shortbread with fresh strawberries and ice cream. Swinton marveled that she had been afforded unprecedented access to the Monaco Palace archives to research her designs: “What a wonderful sandbox to play in. We pulled dreamscapes out of it,” she enthused. Her main point of reference, though, came from her favorite Grace Kelly movie: “A robe she wears coming out of the pool in ‘High Society.’”

This story first appeared in the September 18, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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