A note to party planners wanting to ensure their well-heeled guests take to the dance floor with gusto: try techno. It certainly did the trick Monday night at the School of American Ballet’s third annual winter ball at Lincoln Center. After a civilized sit-down dinner, the school’s students gave an inspired performance of “Romeo and Juliet,” in which the famed Shakespeare play was updated, turning Juliet into an Upper West Side teen with a lavish bat mitzvah. When the choreographed moves ended, the tiny dancers skipped out into the crowd and corralled guests onto the dance floor for a little freestyle boogie. “It’s techno ‘Hava Nagila,'” Jill Kargman cried.
Gigi Mortimer, Jamee Gregory, Serena Boardman and Susan Fales-Hill all got their turn with half-pint partners; even Joanne de Guardiola was twirled and dipped by a young man who barely came up to her waist. Nearby, Coco Kopelman shimmied and sang to a bass-thumping “It’s Raining Men” and encouraged her husband, Arie, bopping right beside her, to join the conga line.
The following day in Los Angeles, fashion-friendly ladies basked in a sunny, 75-degree day at the 4th Annual P.S. Arts Bag Lunch at Colleen Bell‘s home, which benefited the socialites’ art charity of choice. The stately manse was scattered with designer bags stuffed with products from Lancôme, the sponsor, all up for auction at below-wholesale prices. “It’s like Christmas in July,” exclaimed Zooey Deschanel, who wound up donating her own silver Tod’s bag to the mix. More than 200 guests, decked out in paper-thin, colorful frocks and sandals, shelled out $180,000 for the coveted satchels, clutches and totes.
Hobnobbing with actresses Reese Witherspoon, Kristin Davis and Kerry Washington was model Lydia Hearst, who designed a bag for Puma with friends Richie Rich and Traver Rains of Heatherette. “Right now, I’ve got the only sample in the world,” boasted Hearst, who was donating it, along with pink and brown versions, to the auction. For those who missed the event, not to worry: Hearst plans to give 75 more Lydia bags to friends such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker.