Love was in the air as Yves Saint Laurent hosted a special screening of “Paris Je T’aime” on Tuesday night. Though they couldn’t bring their guests closer to the City of Light than the Paris Theatre on West 58th Street, plenty of Franglais was bandied about after the end of the bilingual movie.
“Oh, I’m half French,” joked Maggie Gyllenhaal, who spoke the language in her portion of the film, which is comprised of 18 short odes to the French capital by directors such as Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Joel and Ethan Coen.
“Bonsoir,” said Natalie Portman prettily to a waiter at the tres francais restaurant Chat Noir, where the celebratory dinner was held for the likes of Zach Braff, Emily Mortimer, Gena Rowlands, Steve Buscemi, Catalino Sandeno Moreno, fledgling model-turned-actress Li Xin,Rashida Jones and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
That same night, the New York City Ballet held its annual Spring Gala, this year celebrating the centennial of Lincoln Kirstein with the world premiere of Peter Martins’ “Romeo + Juliet.” Expected guest (and former Juliet herself) Claire Danes was a no-show, but a graceful gaggle of young starlets did their best to evoke the famous Shakespearean heroine. “I felt like a New York Juliet hailing a cab in this dress,” giggled Michelle Tratchenberg of her Monique Lhuillier confection.
Nearby Mia Maestro admitted she is no stranger to courtship. “I’ve received some poems,” she smiled. “And he’s not here tonight but I do have a Romeo and I’m very happy.” ” Pirates of the Carribean” star Naomie Harris was less sentimental. “I’m so not romantic!” laughed the British actress, who is in town shooting a film with Josh Hartnett. “Maybe tonight will change things.”
Afterwards Elizabeth Banks, Anna Paquin, Lauren Bush, Bee Shaffer, Kerry Washington, Camilla Belle, Fé Fendi, Muffie Potter Aston, Anne Bass, Coco Kopelman, Steve Martin, Jamee Gregory and Rob Marshall were ushered into a “Capulet Ball” complete with flowing purple décor and a Verona-inspired menu.