The British Invasion Bash!

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We love you, yeh, yeh, yeh … which is why we are sharing the details of the most madcap seasonal soirees in Palm Beach. The British Invasion Bash at the Norton Museum of Art takes place tomorrow, April 5th. It will be a Hard Day’s Night with reigning Honorary Chairs Harry Benson, C.B.E. and Hunt Slonem together with their royal subjects Event Chair Camilla Webster and Vice Chairs Farley Rentschler, Jennifer Gowdy and Xiomi Penn.

Harry Benson has graciously given us permission to use his iconic photos of the Fab Four after touching down in New York City for the first time. Gigi Benson, the woman behind the prolific photographer and Commander of the British Empire, explained: “Harry agreed to be the Co-Honorary Chairman of The Salvation Army Bash at the Norton Museum because he remembers as a child hearing his father talk about The Salvation Army always being on the front lines during World War I with food and supplies for the soldiers … as Harry’s father witnessed this first hand, Harry has a soft spot for the charity. Trying to get the word out!”

Harry and Gigi at the Redwood Library in Newport this past summer where they held an exclusive photography retrospective exhibition, Harry Benson: Persons of Interest.

And so we are! For this fabulous festivity we complied with the invitation’s directive to “get your inner flower child at the groovy reception.”

We couldn’t resist sharing a photograph, taken by 10-year-old Harry, of his father S.H. Benson, MBE holding two baby tigers when he was curator of Calder Park Zoo in Glasgow, which he also founded.

First order of ensemble is platform boots or sandals, if preferable. Then add a floral frock — short, short, short!

Add some ASHA floral accessories and a cap and shades and you are on your way to (groovy) town.  Note: If you want to do a temporary hem, pin the dress to the desired height — go ahead, it’s just one night — and apply sticky Velcro on both sides of the fabric. Now you are a go-go!

Dresses:  Kika Vargas Ndia Floral Flutter-Sleeve Mini Dress  $731   /  Bogo De Nor Bebe Floral-Printed Shift Dress  $632   /  Bogo De Nor Cocoa Feather-Trim Minidress  $795  /  Design History Floral Patchwork Crocheted Minidress  $128  /  Camilla Silk Floral V-Neck Minidress  $699
Accessories:  Asha Ellie Chandelier  Gold Dipped  $395  /  Love Shack Fancy Cat Eye Sunglasses  $165  /  Asha Engraved Flower Cuff  $295  /  Asha Gold Sparkle Flower Clutch  $225
Shoes: Paris Texas Croc-Embossed Leather Tall Stiletto-Heel Boots  $800/ Larroude Dolly Leather Platform Boots  $475  /  Loeffler Randall Natalia Knotted Platform Sandals  $450

For the devotees of geometric crispness, here you go! Bell-bottoms, de rigeur as the iconic silhouette of the ’60s along with trendy shapes and styles.

Dresses: Alice & Olivia  Puff-Sleeve Faux-Leather  $495  /  Alice & Olivia Faux-Leather Embellished Minidress  $495   /  Elie Tahati Tailored Striped Blazer  $395  /  Theory Embroidered Cap-Sleeve Minidress  $325    bottom:  Alberto Audenino Bell-Bottom Pants  $350
Accessories:  Jocelyn Faux Sherpa Hat  $33  /  Lele Sadoughi Corkscrew Hoop Earrings  $125  /   Love Shack Fancy Sunglasses  $165Hat Attack Isla Cap  $65
Shoes: Larroude Dolly Leather Platform Boots  $475  /  Black Suede Studio Hannah High Heel Sandals  $348  /  C7scates Rare Gems Duchess Quad Roller Skates  $159

And what cheeky ensembles are inspiring Hilary? Feathers, cut outs, flowers and platforms. And all is back in style. I particularly like Cult Gaia offerings this season, lots of crochet flowers in all shapes and forms. Perfect for a channeling the ’60s. It’s all Groovy Baby!”

Dresses:  Cult Gaia Knit Dress  $658  /  La DoubleJ Feather-Hem Minidress  $750  /  La DoubleJ Maxi Dress  $970  /  Cult Gaia Malia One-Shoulder Minidress  $498
Accessories:  EYEM By Ilena Makri Big Mushroom Charm Hoop Earrings  $240  /  Isabel Marant Square Sunglasses $215  /  Begum Khan Begum’s Magnolia Earrings  $1100
Shoes:  Schutz Platform Sandals  $158  /  Michael Michael Kors Snake-Embossed Platform Sandals $185

It is fitting to celebrate Britain presently as the spotlight brightens on the coronation of King Charles III. May 6th begins the solemn rights with a Coronation service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a coronation procession to Buckingham Palace where the newly crowned King and Queen Consort will appear in royal style on the balcony. The only mystery is who else will be sharing the spotlight. We will be presenting more details and a what to wear article later this month.

Several generous artists have lent their talents to creating one-of-a-kind bell sculptures to benefit The Salvation Army Youth Arts Program. So Don’t Let Me Down, With a Little Help From My Friends, we can Come Together and We Can Work it Out. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

Make the sensational scene, come ready to party, and support The Salvation Army in their mission to help those in need.

It’s not too late to purchase your ticket(s) or sponsor this event HERE.

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