“Is this party any good, gentlemen?” Kathy Hilton asked a trio of cops standing by the front entrance of The Hilton Hotel’s Circa 55 restaurant, the site of the HBO Golden Globes after party. The socialite decided to find out for herself inside the packed Arabian Night-themed soiree.
HBO’s golden girl Lena Dunham had arrived earlier in the evening. Much earlier, in fact. She strolled into the event 30 minutes before the doors were officially open. The actress beelined it to her assigned table, where she was eventually joined by her “Girls” co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke.
“I haven’t eaten. I’m starving,” Kirke said. “Because, look, if I eat something, then that will happen.” The skinny star dramatically stuck out her midriff for emphasis. Even so, Kirke was happy with her Rosie Assoulin-designed ensemble. “I put it on and I felt like I was in ‘Game of Thrones’ or like ‘Lord of the Rings.’ And I like that feeling.”
The “Girls” table proved to be the place to be — sort of like the cool girls’ clique in the school cafeteria — with the cast greeting a rotating group of friends that included Taylor Swift, Jaime King, Sarah Hyland, Lorde and Selena Gomez. J. Alexander directed Williams on how to take the perfect selfie while Swift chatted up Dunham, then hit her next party. Gomez stayed behind briefly with music producer Zedd and Dunham’s beau Jack Antonoff.
“Can I take a picture of your dress?” chimed in a Gomez fan.
“Of just the dress? Or did you want me in it?” Gomez teased before happily obliging the request.
The “Girls” group eventually left. “I tend to stay out a bit later than they do,” Kirke said. “I’m imagining that I’m going to be probably staying out until…who knows? Who can put a number on it?”
Stars were everywhere one turned. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux entered the party hand in hand. They congratulated the “Transparent” producers while their handler physically shooed gawkers away. The couple then headed to their table, but not before an air kiss and a brief chat with Alan Cumming.
A few guests never made it past the entrance. Katie Holmes entered the party, posed for photos, then promptly left with her stylist Jeanne Yang through a side entrance. Matt Bomer had a similar party plan. The Golden Globe winner clutched his trophy as he made his way quickly in and out with his publicist husband, Simon Halls.
Meanwhile, “Togetherness” star Amanda Peet enjoyed a rare night out.
“I’m exhausted,” she said of leaving her newborn son Henry at home. “There was a lot of pumping involved [in getting ready]. It was all based around when that was going to happen.” Would she be out late? “No. I have to go to bed really soon.”
Elsewhere, others were going strong. John Legend and wife, Chrissy Teigen, stole kisses in a not-so-dark corner by the bar. Camila Alves hit the buffet with a friend. She held up a plate full of food as she made her way back toward her hubby, Matthew McConaughey, who was bro-ing out with Vince Vaughn.
While most celebs party-hopped, Vaughn seemed perfectly content right where he was.
“Are you enjoying the night?” asked a guest.
“I actually had a good time,” he said, sounding somewhat surprised. The comedian lingered — sans McConaughey, friends and fanfare — and sipped cocktails until around midnight as the party wound down.