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London’s Stars Align for Diane von Furstenberg, and Her Christmas Tree

STARRY NIGHT: “Buckingham Palace one night, Claridge’s the next, where else would we ever want to be?” asked London’s vintage princess Virginia Bates from under a sparkling, mantilla-like headdress at the party to celebrate Diane von Furstenberg’s Tree of Love. Von Furstenberg and her co-host Edward Enninful pulled together a 250-strong crowd to mark the unveiling of the latest Christmas tree that’s aglow in the lobby of Claridge’s and decked with fruits, birds and animals — with a zodiac motif in the background. A pattern with 12 star signs covers the walls of the lobby, and extended to the theme of Thursday night’s party, where guests were a transcontinental mix of fashion types, socialites and glittery people. They included Barry Diller, Joan Collins, Erin O’Connor, Ashley Hicks, Patrick Grant, Lara Bohinc, Lady Amelia Windsor, Alice Temperley, Nicky Haslam, Natasha Fraser, Martina Mondadori, Jourdan Dunn, Paloma Faith, Roland Mouret, Alexa Chung and Tania Fares. They didn’t swing on a star — but on a big, white crescent moon, hamming it up for the cameras and draining more than few bottles of Champagne. “We’re going to have a gooood time tonight,” said von Furstenberg, who shimmered in a flapper-ish dress made of long, swingy fringes that she

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