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Los Angeles got a taste of quintessential England Wednesday night when Mulberry hosted a dinner for 25 at Soho House LA. The private, wood-paneled dining room buzzed with British starlets Rosamund Pike, Mischa Barton (who brought pocket pooch Ziggy) and Alice Eve (who brought her look-alike model brother Jack), as well as Jack Huston, Ivana Milicevic, Jessica Capshaw and latecomer Emmy Rossum. As guests piled their plates with rare prime rib and baby potatoes, conversation veered toward — what else? — the Oscars. Pike vainly tried to remember who the five best supporting actor nominees were, gasping a sigh of relief when she realized the fifth was Djimon Hounsou. “But how do you pronounce his name?” she wondered. She could have popped into the main dining room to ask him — he held court at a round table as Josh Hartnett and Eva Longoria stood nearby. Meanwhile, Milicevic put on her best Baltic beauty face for dinner partner Huston, while she excitedly opened the party favor, a studded cuff that she added to her multitude of gold jewelry. “Ivana always has the best accessories,” remarked Capshaw. “Maybe I should take a closer look at the bags.”

Tinseltown environmentalists flocked to Hollywood club Avalon for Global Green’s third annual party cohosted by Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Penélope Cruz. The event launched the Red Carpet/Green Cars campaign, shuttling celebs to the Academy Awards in Priuses and Tesla Roadsters instead of stretch limos and Hummers. Guests included Chevy Chase and green activist Orlando Bloom, who enjoyed the Maroon 5 performance (which opened with the apropos hit “Harder to Breathe”) with buddies James Blunt and Petra Nemcova. Bloom is one celeb who puts his money where his mouth is: He’s building a house in London complete with solar panels, and recently founded Global Cool, enlisting fellow entertainers to help combat climate change. “There are simple things we can do to save the ecology,” the actor said earnestly. “It doesn’t have to be overwhelming.”

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“Simple” certainly wasn’t the watchword at Becca Cason Thrash‘s lavish Houston home on Tuesday night. The fund-raising fashion lover pulled off the first formal runway presentation in the U.S. of a Christian Lacroix couture collection, raising $540,000 for the American Friends of the Louvre in the process. Thrash even dismantled a wall in the mansion, designed by her husband John, so the models could be seen walking through an arbor of myrtle trees as they approached the runway over the indoor pool. “How many husbands will allow you to destroy the house in the name of fashion?” Thrash asked.

Besides honored guests Princess Napoleon of France and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, the bejeweled crowd of 230 included Charlie Rose, Joanne Herring, CeCe Cord, Carmen Marc Valvo, Naeem and Ranjana Khan, Cameron Silver, Louvre director Henri Loyrette and social types from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin and Miami.

“Everyone should do this at least once in their lives,” Rose said. Thrash pal Lacroix director of couture Marie Martinez was in her element. “I’m like a fish in water,” she cooed. “This is my first time in Houston, but it won’t be my last.”

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