By Fiona Raisbeck - Tuesday 11 December 2012
Stella McCartney switched on the Christmas lights at her London flagship store last night with a little help from her famous friends.
In what has become a yearly tradition, the British designer invited stars from the comedy world, this time Paul Whitehouse and Vic Reeves, to entertain her celebrity guests at the festive party.
The two comics, most famous for their work on The Fast Show and Shooting Stars respectively, performed a comedy sketch and song outside the front of the Bruton Street boutique before the twinkling Christmas lights were switched on.
Star guests included Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw, artist Peter Blake, acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, the British Fashion Council's Natalie Massenet, and husband and wife duo Jamie and Louise Redknapp who all enjoyed yummy festive treats such as mince pies, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. The lady of the hour, Stella McCartney, was in attendance too, looking chic in a tweed skirt suit and ankle boots, accompanied by her husband Alasdhair Willis.
Stella's annual Christmas lights switch on has previously been co-hosted by comedians Jennifer Saunders as Ab Fab's Eddie Monsoon, Peter Kay, Catherine Tate and the stars of Little Britain.