Hewitt bids for Delta's charm
January 18, 2004 - 12:00AM
With a decidedly British air to the evening, Sydney's premier party crowd at the Barefoot and Black Tie cocktail party at Palm Beach again kicked up its heels for charity.
Setting the pace was tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, who won the bidding by phone with $16,000 for an 18-carat gold charm he bought for his fiancee, Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters.
The jewellery made in the shape of a miniature envelope was adapted from an original design by Louis Vuitton's Paris-based creative director Marc Jacobs with the help of singer Delta Goodrem.
Goodrem has struck up a friendship with Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis.
Topping the VIP guest list was British model Jodie Kidd.
In Australia as a member of the British Women's Polo Team, Kidd at least knew a few faces in the crowd with countrymen such as club entrepreneur Robert Gorman and social prince Oscar Humphreys among the big names.
The chic fund-raiser, which marks the start of Sydney's social calendar, has set a standard in partying since it began three years ago.
Louis Vuitton, the event's chief sponsor, has been so impressed by Sydney's pedigree in the party department it has considered rolling out the concept for its rich and famous clientele in Malibu and St Tropez.
While it may be a marketing triumph for LV, the night's biggest winner is the Cure Cancer Australia charity, which last night aimed to top the $250,000 pay-cheque from 2003.
With the battle of the TV airwaves looming as the fierce fight of 2004, Seven's chief executive David Leckie led his channel's early charge, supported by glamour vet Katrina Warren and newsreader Anne Fulwood.
Lleyton definately doesn't mind spending up big on Kim