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August 30 2014

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Wishing And Hoping

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The cause itself is unimpeachable, but the reason why the Hoping Foundation’s annual fundraiser for Palestinian children has become the best night out on London’s charity circuit is because it’s such damn fun. Where else on a gloomy Monday are you going to see Kate Moss coughing up £20,000 to motivate Boy George’s performance of “Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me?” Or have the Chili Peppers belting out “Californication” and “By the Way” this far from your table? Among the evening’s other random, raffish charms: Gemma Arterton charging through a hopped-up version of “Sympathy for the Devil,” Jarvis Cocker slinking off the stage and across Eva Herzigova’s table while crooning Phyllis Nelson’s soul classic “Move Closer,” Mossy dancing till 3 a.m. with the latest U.K. hip-hop sensations the Rizzle Kicks (nice 20th birthday present for Harley Kicks). Hoping’s events have coached us to expect the unexpected, like 2010′s union of Nick Cave and Tom Jones, and re-union of David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Last night came pretty close to that, kudos, as usual, to the formidable address books of co-trustees Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, and their equally formidable powers of persuasion. And, by the end of the evening, £380,000 had been raised to put toward everything from schoolbooks to university scholarships for children in refugee camps. Result!

Photo: Richard Young / Rex Features

Freud Fetish

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Is that Abbey Lee Kershaw, wrestling (above)? Well, to be specific, it’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu she’s doing. Kershaw, along with Antonia Campbell Hughes, Susie Bick, Phyllis Wang, and Olympia Campbell, was enlisted by designer Bella Freud and the BAFTA award-winning director Martina Amati to star in their short film, Submission, which made its first public debut in London this week, with the likes of Kate Moss in the audience.

“The theme is using the strength of your opponent to vanquish them,” Freud tells Style.com. “If you use this in your life, you will pay attention and it will serve you in the long run.”

The other key to winning? Since clothes are armor too, a killer wardrobe by Freud should serve you well. For her Fall 2011 collection, the designer found inspiration in the sole—Christian Louboutin’s, that is. Of her assortment of brightly colored merino wool offerings, Freud says, “The shoe images are all Christian’s special drawings that he did for me to use.” She continued, “I called the collection Fetish because of the world that shoes inhabit and the obsession they inspire.”

Here, Style.com shares the exclusive video.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Next Role: Hostess

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The day after Helen Mirren won her Academy Award for Best Actress in The Queen, she donated the proceeds of her Oscar TV performances to Kids Company, the charity run by Camila Batmanghelidjh—making her only the most recent in a long line of Batmanghelidjh’s famous friends and fans. Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Thandie Newton, Trudie Styler, Jemima Khan, and Bella Freud are also friends and staunch supporters of the turbaned Camila, whose nonprofit helps inner-city kids.

At the Kids Company tea party yesterday at Bayswater’s Café Anglais, Batmangdhelidjh let slip that those famous friends would be stepping up again this year at her annual gala event, Gladrags and Handbags, which is now a key spot on the London social calendar. Top fashion photographers like Mario Testino are donating a favorite piece to be auctioned at the event, to be held during next February’s London fashion week. And the party’s host is one to set flashbulbs blazing. Last time, reclusive Coldplay front man Chris Martin did the honors. On deck for the next one: his wife, Gwynnie.

Photo: Dave M. Bennett / Getty Images

Sophie Dahl: Happiness Is A Warm…Cup Of Tea

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What makes Sophie Dahl happy? A quiet cup of tea. For Alice Temperley, it’s luxuriating in a warm bath. Christian Slater is partial to watching original Star Trek reruns while Vivienne Westwood loves a good laugh with her husband. And photographer Lorraine Goddard has photographed each of them doing just that, all in the name of a good cause: She’s shooting joy to help create it, donating profits to Young Minds, a children’s mental health charity.

Goddard, the ex-wife of Adam Ant and PR maven to Dame Westwood, knows a thing or two about depression; her ex suffered from it in a very public way. Undaunted, she set her lens on the flipside—joy and comfort—and rounded up a group of high-profile friends, including Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Amy Sacco, and Dita Von Teese, to sit for her. The private view of her Out of Context exhibit at London’s Getty Images Gallery last night brought many of her subjects, including Mary McCartney, Alice Temperley, Bella Freud, and Joe Corre. (Many later decamped to the Sanderson Hotel courtyard to continue the party.) “Lorraine asked me to be photographed and of course I said yes,” said jeweler Stephen Webster. “I didn’t know what it was for, but it didn’t matter—whatever she does, I would back. Anyone who knows her would.” That’s the kind of support that should make the photographer pretty happy herself.

For more information or to donate, visit www.lorrainegoddard.co.uk.

Beth Ditto: “Helped, but Not Redrawn”

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Katie Grand threw a Valentine’s Day Love shopping party at London’s Dover Street Market on Saturday, but only an hour into the event was forced to admit, “There’s not much left, we sold most of it this morning.” To soft-launch her new biannual title for Condé Nast (officially out Thursday), Grand asked her posse of designer mates to concoct one-offs: a miniature chest of drawers of days of the week panties from Stella McCartney, heart hair bobbles and a canvas shopper by Katie Hillier, Luella T-shirts, printed bed linen from Giles for Swarovski, and a napa leather pillow by Stuart Vevers printed “I Loewe You.” Still, if the product was thin on the ground, there were advance copies of Grand’s new opus—with a naked Beth Ditto on the cover—for the London fashion crowd to devour along with the cupcakes and pink Champagne. Issues were inspected by Giles Deacon, Roland Mouret, Henry Holland, Bella Freud, and an assorted contingent of fellow escapees sprung from pre-London fashion week preparations for a couple of hours. So, what’s the difference between Love and Grand’s former mag, Pop? “Well when I started thinking about this issue, I wanted to do something that wasn’t so retouched,” she said. “That’s gotten so out of control recently, and I was very bored of seeing images that are not photographs of people anymore but kind of sketches of them. Pop was very glossy and did represent that, but Beth agreed when I asked Mert and Marcus to shoot her without so much retouching.” But how much? “Well, she’s only retouched in the Avedon way—helped, but not redrawn.”

Photo: Mandi Lennard