When L.A. social girls say they are throwing a “little party,” one should always expect something more along the lines of a capacity-crowd event. Such was the case at Jenni Kayne‘s Friday night fete at Maison 140’s Bar Noir. The tiny boîte was teeming with so many PYTs wearing Kayne’s fall creations that several of them spilled out onto the otherwise quiet Beverly Hills block.
Monet Mazur and Guinevere Van Seenus were in the same black frocks with beaded collars, while Kayne’s little sister Saree and pal Hilary Tisch, both in identical printed numbers, chortled, “You have that dress too!” when they saw each other’s mirror images. But nobody seemed to mind, least of all a sweater-clad Adam Brody, who took in the scene with a wry smile. “I don’t know how girls do it,” he said. “I’d be freezing if I were wearing the guy equivalent of a tank top and shorts right now.”
The following night in Manhattan, at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Elton John’s allegedly supersecret 60th birthday bash made unlikely churchgoers of his bold-faced friends.
Among the congregation — 400 strong— were Barbara Walters, Emma Thompson, Diane Sawyer, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Eve, Liv Tyler, Anne Hathaway, Gretchen Mol, Yoko Ono, Brian Wilson, Kid Rock, Donatella Versace, Hedi Slimane, Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Chuck Close, David LaChapelle and John Currin. The sexagenarian songbird, along with his husband, David Furnish, their English springer spaniel, Arthur, and hosts Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant of Interview greeted guests to a room full of 2,500 10-foot pear blossoms and 35,000 orchids, courtesy of Rob Van Helden. “It set a benchmark for any event or major initiative for when I turn 60,” said Donna Karan.
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Guests reveled in inspired entertainment aplenty, including video messages from Rod Stewart, Simon Cowell and Tom Ford, who appeared in full Elton-inspired regalia — star-shaped glasses and a purple feather boa— music by the Scissor Sisters, Mary J. Blige and the Harlem Gospel Choir’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.” But it was Tony Bennett who nearly brought the house down with his performance of “Fly Me to the Moon” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.” For the latter, unbeknownst to the crowd, he decided to take full advantage of the cathedral’s acoustics and finished a cappella.
“We thought his mike went out,” said Cornelia Guest. “But he was brilliant.”
Guest was among those who boogied away the next night at the birthday boy’s three-and-a-half-hour concert, where he was introduced by fellow Baby Boomer Bill Clinton. Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg had the crowd in stitches with their comic turns.