The Serpentine Galleries legendary annual Summer Party took place on 2 July, 7pm – midnight. Co-hosts Michael R. Bloomberg, Dasha Zhukova, Maja Hoffman, Zaha Hadid, Alexa Chung, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist entertained major names from the worlds of art, fashion, music, film and business.
Guests attending the party included Christopher Kane, James Corden, Graham Norton, Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson, Alex Turner, Sophie Dahl, Poppy Delevingne, Lara Stone, Suki Waterhouse, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The annual fundraising event was hosted in the 15th Serpentine Pavilion designed by Spanish architects selgascano, the most colourful design yet which has been variously as a “psychedelic caterpillar” and a “rainbow coloured chrysalis”.
Musical highlights included DJ sets from James Righton of Klaxons and 2ManyDJs, and a performance by one of the UK’s most iconic bands Spandau Ballet, followed by a funk-fuelled set by Mark Ronson, the producer and mastermind behind the worldwide hit single Uptown Funk.
Following its huge success at last year’s Party, The Vinyl Factory returned with more guest DJs including Eddie Peake and James Lavelle playing vinyl records inside a specially commissioned audio-visual space. Luxury Company NARS Cosmetics made the services of their leading cosmetic artists available to guests throughout the night in specially designed make-up booths in the lobby of the Gallery.
Inspired by the latest trend for ‘street food’; catering was provided by Table Talk; Crab Donuts, Mini Mac and Cheese and Asian Steamed Buns with Pulled Pork. Guests drank Champagne by Laurent-Perrier; Mixology and cocktail bar by Eclipse; Beer by Peroni; Still and Sparkling Water by Fortnum & Mason.
Proceeds from this ticketed event go directly to the Gallery’s internationally acclaimed Exhibitions, Architecture, Design, Education and Public Programmes, which this summer sees concurrent exhibitions by British painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and the late American sculpture Duane Hanson, the 15th Serpentine Pavilion, the Park Nights series of live events.