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New York partygoers don’t like to be surprised, but when it involves being chauffeured in a Mercedes, well, then maybe they’ll take a chance. To fete the April issue of ArtReview, the Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto, Tiffany Dubin, Eva Lorenzotti and artist Kenny Schacter and his wife, Ilona, were whisked from their homes (without knowledge of destination) to an off-site Guggenheim facility. There they oohed and aahed over an original Picasso that was painted underneath another Picasso, discovered by one of the museum’s archivists. More raves came at a dinner at the Hudson Hotel over the penthouse’s view — and its raw bar.

Down the block at Bergdorf Goodman, Connie Nielsen, Yvonne Force-Villareal and Helena Christensen came to preview Phoebe Philo’s fall Chloé collection. The designer was in great spirits as video monitors broadcast images of her riding on horseback and playing with dogs, but the idea of her first trunk show the next day unnerved her. “What if no one shows up?” Philo asked. She needn’t worry: Amy Sacco, who hosted a dinner afterward at Bungalow 8, may be singlehandedly bolstering the Gucci Group, Chloé’s parent. “I’ve already bought 10 pairs of Gucci shoes this season,” Sacco said. “Seven pairs just yesterday.”

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At the “Kill Bill Vol. 2” premiere in Hollywood, Uma Thurman put on her red-carpet best for what seemed like the millionth time, given the flurry of international events for Quentin Tarantino’s opus. “Oh you know, you kind of throw it together as best you can,” she shrugged. “I always have fun with it.”

A tardy Daryl Hannah, however, hasn’t gotten used to the possible wardrobe malfunction. “My other dress kind of fell apart on me and I had to change last minute,” said Hannah.

At the after-party at Ivar, Lucy Liu smooched boyfriend Zach Helm and Thurman boogied with André Balasz to Rza, who performed live, while Tarantino copped to the film’s fashion-forward looks: “Daryl’s patch, the nurses outfit, Uma’s tracksuit — all that stuff was my idea.” Maybe he should consider staging a runway show.

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