Partying for a Purpose
A Pair of Charitable London Events
Diane von Furstenberg couldn't make it to the cocktail party celebrating Vital Voices at her London flagship last night; the designer's in China preparing her Journey of a Dress exhibition. But there were a lot of other high-profile women there carrying the torch. Members of the NGO's London committee like Andrea Dellal, Charlotte Tilbury, Princess Tatiana of Greece, and Laura Bailey and supporters such as Rena Sindi and Michele Hicks all turned up to hear guest speaker Baroness Mary Goudie give a speech: "There was no law preventing human trafficking, believe it or not, before Vital Voices pushed for it."
Later, most of the crowd headed to the East End's Whitechapel Gallery to check out the Tod's Art Plus Drama fundraiser bash. With its theatrical performances and dance numbers, not to mention free-flowing Champagne, the fête felt a bit like a throwback to the good old days. "There is a lot of disturbing news today, but people want to be reminded why we are here, why we live, what it's all about, and that is culture and art," said Tod's president and CEO Diego Della Valle. "Without that, what is there?" His co-host Jude Law was a late arrival. Showing up at the stroke of midnight, the actor made a beeline toward ballerina Marta Romagna, one of the evening's performers, saying it was a "real treat" to meet her. "I've always been a big supporter of Whitechapel," he told Style.com. "I'm really excited to have actually made it!" Considering he was hard at work on the set of his new film, 360, we'll forgive him the tardy entrance just this once.