Prom Queen: If you’re Mischa Barton and you’re faced with choosing a dress for your high school prom, where do you turn? Why, Chanel, of course. “Everybody goes all out,” Barton said on Tuesday at the launch of Chanel’s Allure Homme Sport fragrance on the roof of the Hotel Gansevoort. “Some of the girls even wear Cavalli.” The dress, however, couldn’t have made an enormous impression on her peers at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. “I was only there for 20 minutes,” Barton added. “You can’t spend too long at these things.” Barton will take the next month off in the South of France with her parents before “The O.C.” starts filming again July 7.

The Ex-Factor: The first public encounter between Neil Bush, his new wife, Maria Andrews, and his ex-wife, Sharon Bush, will supposedly take place Friday night at John and Becca Cason Thrash’s manse in Houston. The Thrashes and Versace are hosting an “evening of fantasy, fashion, food and folly.” No word yet where the folly will come in.

This story first appeared in the May 13, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Drama Club: The Dramatist Guild benefit brought an interesting crowd to the Millennium Broadway Monday night. Mixed in among the playwrights and the performers — including emcee John Guare; Stephen Sondheim, who sang with Nathan Lane; Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth of “Wicked” and Tony Kushner — were a smattering of fashion-friendly folk, recruited by co-chair Kate Betts: Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Renee Rockefeller and Reed and Delphine Krakoff. Fred Ebb, honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award with his writing partner, John Kander, had them all in stitches during his acceptance speech. “I don’t know what this Lifetime Achievement Award thing means,” Ebb said. “Does it mean I walk out of here and get hit by a bus?”

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