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April 21 2014

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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

The Mother Of All Rummage Sales

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Want to know what it’s like to walk a mile in Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoes? Head to Selfridges on Sunday, where London trio Yasmin LeBon, Lisa B., and Trinny Woodall will host the “Really, Really Great Garage Sale” (or car boot sale, as they’re lovingly known in the U.K.).

The ladies have taken over the first-floor parking lot of the department store and called upon their A-list friends in support of Mothers4Children, which benefits children’s charities worldwide. So don’t go expecting your usual moth-bitten flea market stuff. Instead, there will be goodies such as Paltrow’s Balenciaga boots, Lily Allen’s signed Reeboks, Liz Hurley’s Helmut Lang suit, Jemima Khan’s Prada dress, and LeBon’s own Tod’s sandals. We caught up with Simon’s better half and the mother of their three teenage girls earlier this week, and she told us that no one in the LeBon household is off-duty on Sunday: “I’ve made sure all my family and friends are involved in some way—it’s really exciting because the sale will offer some incredible pieces with a story to tell.” And no doubt, a bargain to be had.

Photo: Courtesy of Selfridges

Jemima Gives Azzaro The Royal Treatment

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“I was thinking of my friend Queen Rania when I designed the dresses, especially the little cream number,” said Jemima Khan, crammed into a corner at the Azzaro pop-up store in Mayfair, where she was fielding congrats from London’s polished set. Khan had just completed a stint as the brand’s guest designer, and friends had amassed to see her collection on display. “I e-mailed and sent over a few designs, asked her what she thought, and she liked it. So in terms of confidence-boosting, it was up there,” Khan said about her design process with Azzaro’s creative director, Vanessa Seward. As for Seward, she was still in confidence-boosting mode. “So many designers think about clothes too much, intellectualize it, and wind up looking, well, ridiculous. When I was looking for a guest designer I looked outside of the fashion world—someone not mired in it, but with a really great, elegant sense of style, who had a full life. Jemima kept coming to mind. Of course, we were delighted that she said yes.” Azzaro seems to have a thing for billionaire heiress guest designers. Jeweler Eugenie Niarchos (of shipping dynasty fame) experimented with clothes for Azzaro a few seasons back, too. Seward’s take on the client-as-designer trend? “It’s a perfect marriage,” she said.

Photo: Courtesy of Azzaro