“Your wish is my command,” joked Margo Stilley as she wiggled around in her Issa halter dress and hummed the tune of “I Dream of Jeannie” in the bar at Annabel’s in London. Stilley was among a flock of Issa-clad beauties who gathered at the basement club Tuesday night for a black-tie-and-tiara dinner given by designer Daniella Helayel.
Though Stilley’s offer might have tempted some, a real magician, Dynamo, and a tarot card reader were on hand to entertain Alex Gore Brown, newly engaged to Jo Bamford; Petrina Khashoggi; Jasmine Guinness; Francesca Versace; Violet von Westenholz, and Poppy Delevigne.
“And you can’t leave without seeing Mama Love tonight — I won’t let you,” Helayel told her guests, referring to the American psychic and Ibiza regular.
The night before, many a wish was surely conjured up at the preview of Philips de Pury & Company’s Magnificent Jewels collection, which goes up for auction in Geneva on May 15.
“We wanted to edge it up,” said Brooke de Ocampo of the inventive jewelry display set up at Dover Street Market. The store draped millions of dollars worth of glittering rings, bracelets and necklaces over shoelaces, boxes of pencils and clothes pegs in glass vitrines. Among those trying the jewels on for size were Cosima Pavoncelli, Noelle Reno, Lillian von Stauffenberg and Christine d’Ornano.
The same evening, Simon de Pury himself was across the Atlantic in New York manning a live auction at the jam-packed Milk Gallery for the eighth annual Free Arts NYC Auction Benefit, cosponsored by Dior and Vanity Fair. Though, as widely reported, honorary chair Scarlett Johansson was a no-show, her co-chair Liv Tyler was perfectly punctual.
“I got involved with this through Mary Alice Stephenson,” explained Tyler. “It’s really important that kids can express themselves creatively.” Guests such as Jacquetta Wheeler, Donna Karan, Gilles Mendel, Irina Lazareanu and Patricia Velasquez perused the multimedia art in the silent auction, while Liev Shreiber and a very pregnant Naomi Watts arrived just in time to pose for pictures.
This story first appeared in the April 26, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
On Wednesday, Wheeler, along with Lauren Davis, Amanda Hearst, Gigi Mortimer, Renée Rockefeller and Rachel Roy headed for the American Museum of Natural History for the 17th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon. But this was no regular Ladies Who Lunch scene — Lauren Bush arrived carrying her burlap “Feed Bag,” sales of which benefit the United Nation’s World Food Program, while co-chair Claire Bernard, among others, toted Anya Hindmarch’s “I’m Not a Plastic Bag.” Lucky, since the eco-panelists Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., Thomas Lovejoy, Ph.D., and Laurie David all preached against plastic shopping bags. “They last for 1,000 years,” said David.