In the social world, the equivalent of the post-game wrap-up is a ladies’ lunch at Bergdorf Goodman. Or so it seemed when Anne Grauso hosted a gathering for Olivier Theyskens there Tuesday afternoon, the day after the Costume Institute gala.
Tory Burch, Marjorie Gubelmann, Patricia Lansing and Helen Schifter all showed up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to dissect the fashions from the night before. Even Lauren Davis — who didn’t make it home from the festivities until 6 a.m. — seemed ready to face the day. “You don’t even look tired,” said Jennifer Creel. “It’s so annoying.”
By that evening, the social swirl had begun anew, as a veritable who’s who of fashion and art showed up for the American Patrons of the Tate’s first “Artists Dinner,” which was held at the Riverfront Pavilion at the West Side Highway. Diane von Furstenberg walked in with Barry Diller, Cindy Sherman arrived with David Byrne and Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg were hanging out by the cocktail area together in two very high-tech wheelchairs, looking bemused by the whole thing. “When I was coming up, an art party was people throwing up on one another, and the idea of a supermodel being there was virtually inconceivable,” said Close. “I’m not sure this has been a good development.”
Others in the crowd included Calvin Klein, Frank Stella, Ed Ruscha, Aby and Samantha Rosen and Valentino, whose fashion house threw a charity luncheon and fashion show at Cipriani 42nd Street on Thursday to benefit the New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I gave birth to two children there,” explained co-chair Sloan Barnett. Droves of Val’s gals, including Jamee Gregory, Eliza Reed Bolen, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Celerie Kemble sipped Bellinis and nibbled chicken and spinach salad while taking in a runway show of Valentino’s fall 2007 collection.
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That evening, the art crowd came out again, uptown at the Rainbow Room for the Tel Aviv Museum (which was honoring Jeff Koons) and downtown at the Gucci-sponsored Tribeca Ball, where easels and nude models were available for anyone who felt a creative surge. “Christopher thinks he should have had input for selecting the models,” Ellen Pompeo said of her fiancé, who apparently didn’t think the next “David” was on hand. “I’m just kidding,” protested Chris Ivery. Catching up over dinner were Julian and Olatz Schnabel, Michael and Eva Chow, Gena Rowlands, Ziyi Zhang, Monet Mazur, Ali Larter and Becki Newton, back home in New York while “Ugly Betty” is in hiatus.
Uptown on Madison Avenue, fashion followers packed into Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s shop for cocktails. “Even if you have a store in Milan, you don’t have parties like this,” said the designer, wide-eyed and smiling, “and the celebrities…” As if on cue, Kate Bosworth walked down the stairs, on her way out with boyfriend James Rousseau to catch a show by rock band Razorlight (led by Kirsten Dunst’s boy toy Johnny Borrell).
Meanwhile, on the left coast, a band of black-clad rebels turned out on Tuesday night at Chateau Marmont for Flaunt magazine’s fete for Brit designer Paula Thomas and her latest collection of tough-meets-chic wares. In the mix were Stephen Webster, Maxfield’s Tommy Perse, Danny and Jack Huston and Jonny Lee Miller — most of whom wore more jewelry than the girls. “What a show,” gasped Minnie Driver as she gaped at raging wildfires less than 10 miles away, alongside Marley Shelton and Courteney Cox. “Sparks fly in the heat,” warned Thomas. “People are going to start taking off clothes and then we’ll really have a party.”
Things were a tad more behaved the next day at The Terrace at Sunset Tower, where Emily Blunt was the guest of honor at MaxMara’s lunch to celebrate her Women in Film award. “I love a good ladies’ lunch,” said past honoree Maria Bello.