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“I’m totally nerding out tonight,” Allison Williams sighed, all charm and self-deprecation. She was hovering over a glass vitrine toward the back of the New York Public Library’s marble lobby, marveling at its contents. “This is the Gutenberg Bible; it’s the first issue to come to the U.S., in 1847,” she said with all the gusto and matter-of-factness of a tour guide.

Academia aside, some of the most dazzling objets in the room were floating around case-less. Chanel Fine Jewelry was hosting a soiree at the institution on Thursday to toast a selection of the library’s collection, which is set to be on permanent display next year. This being Chanel’s party — a fine-jewelry party at that — the brand had loaned out some pricy baubles to their nearest and dearest for the occasion. Amanda Peet, Dakota Fanning, Rose Byrne, Sophie Auster, Caroline Sieber, Barbara Bush, Leigh Lezark, Audrey Gelman, Jemima Kirke, Hannah Bronfman, Laura Love and Leelee Sobieski wondered about the echoey hall, each frosted in variations of diamonds. Dakota Fanning had complementing ready-to-wear — a cotton lace and patent dress with some Lion-motif finery. (“I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sit,” she said, motioning down to the patent encasing her lower half. “But I made it in the car. That was the test-run.”) “I don’t,” she said when asked if she gets nervous wearing such pricy items. After all, she was sporting a blinged-out cuff and ring, a clustering of 18-karat white gold and a sea of diamonds. “I trust myself with precious things. Luckily, I haven’t lost anything yet,” she said. “Knock on wood.”

This story first appeared in the June 8, 2016 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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