As far as celebrity turnouts go for Hamptons affairs, no event this season quite rivaled the Saturday night Cinema Society screening of “The Good Night,” the debut film from Jake Paltrow. Starring his sister Gwyneth, the movie is a meditation on the difference between fantasy and reality, and leaves the audience wondering whether they’re dreaming their life or living in a dream. Given the sheer number of famous and beautiful people at the film and after party, many of the guests felt as if they were indeed doing the latter.
Among those who popped over to the East Hampton UA theater and then to Ron Perelman‘s Wainscott estate were Ed Burns and Christy Turlington Burns, Stella McCartney, Christie Brinkley, Kate Capshaw, Rashida Jones, Lauren Bush and David Lauren, Barbara Walters, Donna Karan and David Geffen. Mariah Carey even sauntered party, as did Brooke Shields.
But for Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow, the evening’s real star was Jake, who seemed to be headed for the director’s chair when he was barely out of diapers. “He would go to the set with Bruce [Paltrow],” Danner said. “And he’d say, ‘I think that take was better than the last one.'” And Gwyneth claimed her brother needed no advice from her on how to make the movie. “This was all him,” she said proudly.
The day before, Dolce & Gabbana drew a well-heeled group of socials to Nello in Southampton for a runway show and quick shop. Samantha Rosen, Serena Boardman, Stephanie Seymour Brant, Fabiola Beracasa and Jennifer Creel fueled up on chicken paillard and chilled sorbet before diving into the racks of wool jackets, wide-legged pants and slim-fitting frocks.
The scene at Donovan Leitch‘s birthday party in Los Angeles Thursday night was just as civilized, which proved just how much the former party boy has grown up. Then again, “I feel like it’s my 40th bar mitzvah!” Leitch joked to the crowd gathered at the Mulholland Tennis Club, which included his mom Enid, wife Kirsty Hume, and their tow-headed three-year-old Violet.
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Leitch said he was “touched” to see so many old friends, including Amber Valletta, whom he met on a DKNY shoot 14 years ago, Camp Freddy band mate Billy Morrison, Balthazar Getty, Tatiana von Furstenberg, Eric Dane and Matthew Perry, who chatted up Natasha Gregson Wagner on the patio, where guests sipped Hypnotiq drinks to help her hubby reminisce, Hume gifted him with a photo album.
Other presents included flowers and a card from Valletta. The model said of the baby-faced Leitch: “He looks better with age. It’s not fair!” His fountain-of-youth secret? “It’s all the tennis up here at the club,” he joked. “I kind of have an obsession with the Mulholland Tennis Club. It’s like this part of L.A. that is untouched, like this place is exactly what it was like in the Seventies, so turning 40 reminded me of my childhood, which was the Seventies in Hollywood.” To that end, a Steely Dan cover band played hits like “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”
Meanwhile, Jenni Kayne dished on her husband’s vintage Fila Borg and Tacchini collection. “He has, like, full outfits like I’ve never seen. He wears the headbands. He’s dressed up as Björn Borg for Halloween a couple times.”
To end the evening, Leitch’s uncle Petey sang his rendition of “Oh Dono Boy,” to the tune of Celtic folk song, “Oh Danny Boy.” Leitch reflected, “Life begins at 40 — the good life, the country club life.”