Kids Company Dinner

Matthew hosts a dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow in celebration of his specially-curated Christmas tree.
   Dave M. Benett
26th November 2013

Matthew Williamson & Gwyneth PaltrowDeck the halls with baubles from London’s most exciting creatives. That was Matthew’s festive brief from the Kids Company, as he curated a Christmas tree in support of the charity. The 6m tree at aqua shard has been bedecked in specially designed decorations from artists, designers and actors including Sienna Miller, Mary J Blige, Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon, Rankin and Marc Quinn. Last night, the festive party spirit began, with a speedy ascent up to the heady heights of the 31st floor of the Shard to celebrate the collaborations over dinner, co-hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow.

The display of eclectic baubles formed an artistic backdrop to the arrivals. Artist Lee Broome’s neon bauble lit the tree in a wash of kaleidoscopic colour, while Gwyneth’s twirled from a thick satin ribbon in a decoupage of traditional festive patterns and Sienna’s was a playful pattern of multi-coloured hand prints. Then it was onwards to a three-course dinner, opened with an inspiring speech by Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company. Matthew and Gwyneth hopped from table to table between courses to catch up with guests and chat about the charity and its powerful cause.

“I am delighted to be involved in the Kids Company, a charity very close to my heart. I am thrilled to be part of this initiative which supports the Kids Company in the fantastic role they are playing in positively transforming the lives of many children.”
Matthew Williamson

Gwyneth wore our spring/summer 2014 Textured Garden Column Gown - a chic black silhouette hand-embroidered with florals in cornflower blue and marigold yellow. Caroline Issa wrapped up in our Floral Folk embroidered coat – a favourite from the runway. Arizona Muse fulfilled her love of “long, flowing skirts” in a jacquard maxi from our SS14 collection.

It may have been a Monday, but it was the first signs of celebratory sparkle to usher in the festive season. And all for a very good cause.The End

Caroline Issa wears the Floral Folk Coat
Caroline Issa wears the Floral Folk Coat
Arizona Muse wears the Jacquard Maxi Skirt
Arizona Muse wears the Jacquard Maxi Skirt
Stylist Bay Garnett with artists Polly Morgan & Mat Collishaw
Stylist Bay Garnett with artists Polly Morgan & Mat Collishaw
Gwyneth Paltrow, Camila Batmanghelidjh & Matthew Williamson
Gwyneth Paltrow, Camila Batmanghelidjh & Matthew

The Christmas tree curated by Matthew
The tree curated by Matthew
Artist Chris Bracey
Artist Chris Bracey
CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush
CEO of the BFC Caroline Rush
Founder of Browns Joan Burstein
Founder of Browns Joan Burstein

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Stay tuned for the full story on the baubles next month in the MW Daily. They will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Kids Company charity. To bid for a bauble visit www.ebay.co.uk/usr/aquashardPop down to aqua shard to discover the tree yourself. It will be on display throughout the Christmas season.

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