9.23.2012

the garden party: Stella McCartney Singapore opening at the Hilton.





When Swen and I walked out of the lift into what we thought would be a small cocktail reception, we were instead greeted by a veritable English garden paradise, complete with a "STELLA" balloon-emblazoned ivy arch, white picket fencing, hedgerows and Astroturf.

Of course, being a party where guests came decked out in their best modern and citified interpretations of English tea party gear, no-mess canapes served included mini pizzas, veggie dogs, cotton candy, teensy-weensie brownie and donut bites. Glasses of Veuve Clicquot and appropriate garden cocktails were served, and tea party-suited funfair games were set up for enjoyment (ring toss with full Veuve bottles, anyone?). Swen and I watched in amazement as models decked out in the best (and what seemed to be the most figure-hugging) ensembles of the Fall Winter 2012 collection challenged little kids to a game of foosball, blew lots of bubbles about, and tried to hook some ducks or knock down some tin cans.

Stella McCartney is a designer who truly believes in making the world a better place by practicing what she preaches about sustainability (no leather, no meat diet), and I have very much admired how she's tailored her designs to be versatile and long-wearing pieces you can recycle, so to speak, year after year.

We left with some rather embarrassing photo-booth prints, long-stemmed pale pink English roses, balloon animals adorning our heads, foil balloons, and plenty of party goodie bag items (the kind we got when we were 6 years old). Thank you for throwing the best evening English tea party, Stella McCartney Singapore!

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