January 19, 2021

Chanel, Serpentine Galleries Host Summer Pavilion Party in London

BLOWING HOT AND COLD: “I’m wearing a vintage Victorian cape — and I’ve brought a big sun hat for the rain,” said the jeweler Cora Sheibani, whipping a floppy, cotton wide-brimmed number from her bag. “It’s not the first time I’ve had to dress for this weather at the summer party.”
Sheibani and guests including Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha, Jason Basmajian, Roksanda Ilincic, Edeline Lee, Damian Lewis, Amanda Harlech, Rick Owens, Grayson Perry and Princess Eugenie took the cold — and drizzle — in their stride Wednesday night at the annual Serpentine Galleries summer party in London that was cohosted by Chanel.
They crowded onto the main gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens, under the futuristic hut-like pavilion designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, an architect from Gando, Burkina Faso who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture.
Kéré is the 17th architect to accept the galleries’ invitation to design a temporary pavilion on its grounds, and he delivered a geometric color-blocked creation made from cobalt blue triangular paneled walls and disc-shaped roof.
The structure was inspired, he said, by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his hometown of Gando. The roof is meant to mimic a tree’s canopy, allowing air

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