“This is quite the fashion event. I wish everyone here were wearing green, wouldn’t that be fun?” joked Gigi Grazer as she watched the hordes of bold-faced names pour into the Cunard Building, where Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter was being honored for his environmental work at the first major Natural Defense Resources Council benefit New York has seen.
“But could it be any colder? Are they trying to preserve us even more?” laughed Grazer.
Indeed, the frigid temps inside the lobby of the historic downtown building had many running to the coat check during dinner (including a chivalrous Liev Schreiber, who helped warm up expectant mum Naomi Watts).
“Graydon is helping the environment by choosing the only building that has had the heat off for 92 years,” joked Fran Lebowitz from the podium.
She wasn’t the only one roasting Carter’s unlikely environmentalism: In a video tribute, Ron Perelman, Barry Diller, Larry David, Anderson Cooper and even Bono took potshots at the editor, before a crowd that included Queen Noor of Jordan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Donna Karan, Bette Midler, Karenna Gore Schiff, Glenn Close and Ron Howard.
For complete coverage see tomorrow’s issue of WWD.