The bash V magazine and Marc Jacobs threw at Hiro after the designer’s show Monday night was of pre-recession proportions. The door was mobbed, the bodies inside were packed like sardines, Jacobs hung out with his famous friends and everyone was ready to party. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lily Donaldson and Trish Goff were dancing atop banquettes. Suzy Menkes was bobbing up and down. Janet Jackson piqued half the people in the VIP area when her bodyguards tried to clear people out in an apparent attempt to secure the entitled celebrity a clear sight line of the stage where Lady Gaga would perform. “Saving a table is one thing,” said the New York Times’ Anne Christensen. “Trying to clear a view to the stage is outrageous.”
The Mexican standoff between the diva’s people and the hoi polloi ended when Jackson left around midnight, half an hour after Gaga was scheduled to take the stage, and half an hour before she actually did. Maybe it was the wait (which went on far too long) or the sight of all the people in front of her that drove Jackson out. But Lindsay Lohan, Estelle, Ciara, Eva and Michael Chow and Mischa Barton, all of whom spent the evening without personal security teams, carried on without her.
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Bottles of Belvedere vodka kept people going while Lady Bunny spun tunes. When Gaga appeared on the small stage clad in a red lace bodysuit with celestial rays crowning her head, the crowd went wild. She then performed a 20-minute set featuring only slow, acoustic versions of “Poker Face” and “Just Dance,” both of which she did from a piano, without backup musicians. “If you don’t shut up, I’m not going to play,” she said with a little grin, when the crowd’s vocality began to get out of hand.