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In London, a Pair of German-Flavored Fetes

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Lilly Allen

The Germans let loose in London last night with a pair of playful parties and accessories. First up was the launch of the München Cute Monsters limited backpack, celebrating the impending World Cup, courtesy of the little label that could: MCM. Defying all odds, the German-Korean brand has carved out a position in the luxury accessories category with its super-pricey cartoon and stud-festooned pieces. And it’s collected fans like Rihanna and Beyoncé along the way. At a wild party at MCM’s Sloane Street flagship last night, Brazilian flamenco dancers twerked away at the door (and stopped traffic), while Lily Allen, who can never get enough of a great bag, spun a set. Inside, guests ogled the backpack, which featured Pop Art characters Viktor & Viktoria rendered in the colors of the Brazilian flag.

anya clutch

Down the road, My Theresa, too, invited the fashion set out for a night of fun. The online retailer teamed up with Anya Hindmarch to commemorate their friendship with a very special memento: a limited-edition version of Hindmarch’s best-selling Marano clutch, which will launch exclusively on mytheresa.com next month. At an intimate dinner at the Royal Academy of Art, the pair introduced the clutch that truly sums up their relationship, seeing as the bag is customized with a smiley face. Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Hanneli Mustaparta, and My Theresa buying director Justin O’Shea (wearing a smiley-face tie) sat among sculptures of nudes and torsos. Naturally, O’Shea toasted his great friend. “We can’t get enough of Anya Hindmarch, and neither can our customers. Her happy take on fashion reminds us that fashion, above all, can be—and should be—fun. Otherwise, what’s the point of it all?”

Photos: Doug Peters; Courtesy Photo

Tuesday Night With The Other Coco (Not Chanel)

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It was no Irish dance down a runway in Paris, but it was indeed another Coco moment. Last night at Saks Fifth Avenue, clad in a vibrant plum frock (the label was Pink Tartan, from her native Canada), supermodel Coco Rocha held court on behalf of MCM at the launch of its new handbag collection, MCM New York. “It’s a really family-oriented company,” said Rocha, who hosted the event with Terron Schaefer of Saks. “It’s nice to see the care that goes into making the bags.” Designed by Joy Gryson, of Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein pedigree, the collection is inspired by the city and intended for the bright young things that call it home. Surrounded by guests like Lydia Hearst, Jessica White (Sean Penn’s new flame), and Emma Snowdon-Jones, Sung-Joo Kim, chairperson and CEO of MCM, couldn’t help but get caught up in the evening’s energy: “You can see the recovery,” she said. “You can feel the vibrations.” Wishful thinking, maybe, but with all the fashion week events that were happening last night, she wasn’t the only one who was feeling it.

Photo: Gustavo Caballero / WireImage

MCM Really, Really Wants You To Shop

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Yesterday we described an artist painting custom sunglasses as the $59 DVD player of downtown Manhattan. Well, we’ve just received word of the uptown version—and it sounds quite pleasant. Starting tonight, recently revived eighties-era accessories label MCM is hosting Champagne Tuesdays, every week until Christmas, at its tiny boutique at the Plaza Hotel, where they’ll be plying customers with drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. In addition to the bubbly, there’s a free gift with purchase. Sure, it’s a somewhat ominous sign that there’s more than a whiff of desperation lingering in the retail world, but hey, you take the good with the bad. Bottoms up.