Gemma Chan looked phenomenal as she arrived to host the VIP Swarovski party at Annabel’s member’s club in London on Tuesday night alongside a host of stars and socialites.
The actress, 38, commanded attention in a bright green mini dress with an edgy train attachment as she got in the holiday spirit to unveil a magical gingerbread façade adorned with crystals.
The iconic venue certainly hurtled itself into the festive season with the great unveil, with the front of the building adorned with a stunning light display fashioned into the shape of the sweet treat.
Stunning: Gemma Chan looked phenomenal as she arrived to host the VIP Swarovski party at Annabel’s member’s club in London on Tuesday night
Gemma looked flawless as she kicked off the festive season in style in the strapless green mini dress, which featured a long train and large bow and showed off her endless legs to perfection.
The actress adorned her neck with a dazzling crystal choker and sported matching earrings as she went full glam for the occasion, making sure she was suitably festive for the event.
She toted an eye-catching champagne bottle-shaped clutch bag and swept up her raven tresses as she posed in front of the Swarovski encrusted gingerbread house.
Gemma accentuated her lithe legs in a pair of towering stilettos as she entered the member’s club to join the party’s star-studded attendees and surprise appearances.
Amazing: The iconic venue was unveiling its breathtaking Christmas decorations during the star-studded evening
Glittering: The actress adorned her neck with a dazzling crystal choker and sported matching earrings as she went full glam for the ocassion
Finishing touches: She toted an eyecatching champagne bottle-shaped clutch bag and swept up her raven tresses as she posed in front of the Swarovski encrusted gingerbread house
Glamorous: Annabel’s owner Richard Caring was looking incredibly suave in a stylish green velvet blazer while his wife Patricia looked stunning in a sheer black dress
Happy days: Gemma was in good company as she rubbed shoulders with venue owner Richard and his wife
The unveiling of the bread facade – which aims to add creativity to the members’ club – was attended by a whole host of A-listers in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
Inside the bash, Gemma posed alongside the equally glamorous Karen Elson, Nadine Leopold, and Ncuti Gatwa.
She was also joined by Michele Molon and Simone Ashley who wowed in a floor-length black gown with a racy thigh-split detail.
This year’s façade at Annabel’s is a joyous reimagination of a gingerbread house, complete with dustings of sugar-esque Swarovski Crystal decorations.
Attendees: Inside the bash, Gemma posed alongside the equally glamorous Karen Elson, Nadine Leopold, and Ncuti Gatwa
Christmas party: Also in attendence at the glittering party were Richard, Birley Clubs Creative Director Tatiana Kharchylava and Patricia
Gorgeous: She was also joined by Michele Molon and Simone Ashley who wowed in a floor-length black gown with a racy thigh-split detail
Epic: As well as the famous interiors, the exteriors were sure to set tongues wagging on Tuesday
The installation was masterminded by Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert. Swarovski and Annabel’s have crafted a dazzling display that celebrates traditions, wonders, and the rituals of the season.
Swarovski’s Creative Director, Giovanna Engelbert, said of the structure: ‘The festive season has finally arrived, and we had the greatest pleasure in bringing to life a world of dreams and imagination.
‘As a child, I always imagined entering a gingerbread house, and to now have the opportunity to crystalise one has given me the biggest joy – I hope this façade will bring people together and be a reminder of the wonders of the festive period…
‘A Swarovski candy world meets the holiday season turning it into magic’.
Check it out! Swarovski’s Creative Director, Giovanna Engelbert, said of the structure: ‘The festive season has finally arrived, and we had the greatest pleasure in bringing to life a world of dreams and imagination’
Dapper: Jeremy Irvine looked effortlessly cool in a black suit which he paired with a teal T-shirt
Star power! Simon Pegg looked kooky in a pair of bold glasses as he sashayed into the bash
Annabel’s Creative Director, Tatiana Kharchylava, added: ‘The holiday season is a glorious time of year at Annabel’s as it encapsulates all that we love at the Club.
‘After a year of not being able to celebrate, we are overjoyed to be partnering with Swarovski to create our most ambitious and ornate spectacle to date.
‘Bringing our two brand’s worlds together, the façade will shine bright over Berkeley Square as a beacon of light sparking joy.’
Edgy: Tinie Tempah cut a stylish figure in a tan gingham suit and shades
Glamming it up: Andrew Georgiades and Patrick McDowell were glamming up for the event
Stunning: Andreea posed inside the event with Andrei Lucas
The glittering outing comes after Gemma recently recalled feeling ‘between two cultures’ while growing up with younger sister Helen in leafy Kent.
Her mother immigrated to the UK from China at the age of eleven and her dad from Hong Kong in his late twenties, but while she was born in England the actress says she now ’embraces and celebrates’ the Asian side of her heritage.
She told PORTER magazing that Asian communities in media, fashion and beyond have helped her to reconnect with her roots.
Gemma told the publication how hers was one of the few families of colour in their Kent community.
Chic: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, Sabine Getty and Tish Weinstock looked elegant as they arrived in all-black ensembles
Glamming it up: Deborah Ababio and Simone Murphy both opted for chic ensembles for the elegant party
As a child, she felt like she was ‘kind of between two cultures’ and didn’t know how to respond when neighbors would compliment her on her ‘good English’.
The actress also remembered times when she just wanted to assimilate, to ‘blend into the background’ while her grandmother haggled on shopping trips.
‘No one could out-haggle her, though,’ added Gemma fondly.
Annabel’s renowned doormen stood sentinel in couture uniforms, custom created by British designer Richard Quinn for the occasion (pictured with Tatiana, Richard and Patricia
Epic: The façade brought Christmas tree to the area thanks to its lavish adornments
All tied up! A staggering bow sat above the brightly lit doorway
Royal arrivals! Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark and Tish Weinstock went for dark wintery looks
Speaking of how her parents have handled her fame, Gemma explained: ‘They’re wonderfully constant, which I really love, but they’re also not overly impressed by anything.
‘I do know they’re incredibly proud. And more than anything, they’re relieved that both my sister and I are okay.’
The Humans star revealed: ‘One of the nicest things about getting older has been reconnecting and feeling like I can embrace and celebrate the Asian side of my heritage.
‘I’ve met so many incredible people, so many more Asians than I knew when I was growing up, in my line of work.’
Stylish: Jeremy Irvine layered a tee beneath a blazer
Memories: The glittering outing comes after Gemma recently recalled feeling ‘between two cultures’ while growing up with younger sister Helen in leafy Kent
The actress – who was part of a group that launched a GoFundMe initiative called Stop ESEA Hate – touched on the rise Gemma of anti-Asian hate crimes, and how those celebrities with platforms can use them to create a better world.
She admitted: ‘I think a lot about how we can be useful as people, working in media or the arts. How can we work together across different industries to shift narratives and support our communities on the ground?’
Gemma also noted the significance that her career has, insisting: ‘[It] ensures that we have our stories told and ensures that we have a place in popular culture and consciousnesses.
Heritage: Her mother immigrated to the UK from China at the age of eleven and her dad from Hong Kong in his late twenties
Thoughts: While she was born in England the actress says she now ’embraces and celebrates’ the Asian side of her heritage
‘With the absence of that, stereotypes and prejudices grow and it’s incredibly important that we… [as] any group that has been excluded or marginalized before, get to define our own narratives.’
Speaking about the steady and incremental change she has seen in the film industry, Gemma said: ‘I love the fact that it doesn’t seem to be people elbowing each other out of the way anymore.
‘It’s one of the best things about the past few years; it feels like the doors have finally opened a little bit and people are being allowed to tell their own stories and the stories of their histories and the communities.
‘And, naturally, the more we do that, the more we realize what we have in common with each other.’
Roots: She revealed that Asian communities in media, fashion and beyond have helped her to reconnect with her roots