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Summer may be near, but the social set hasn’t decamped to the Hamptons for good just yet. On Monday night, Glenn Close, Vanessa Redgrave, Mamie Gummer, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Wilson, Caroline Kennedy, Ang Lee, Regis Philbin, Edie Falco, Virginia Madsen, Olympia Scarry, Felicity Huffman and Sam Waterston hit the Cinema Society screening of “Evening,” cosponsored by Donna Karan.
“We’re just star watching,” said an awed Molly Shannon at the after party held at The Bowery Hotel. Indeed, the wattage was high enough for even Bruce Weber to pull out his camera and start shooting the actresses in attendance, which by that time also included Zhang Ziyi, who arrived with her investor boyfriend Aviv Nevo.
The film — a story of friendship, loss and first love — had some guests waxing nostalgic. “I was four, his name was Nick,” said Rachel Weisz of her first romance. “He pulled an apple from a tree for me.”
“He was a guy who lived down the hall from me in college,” offered Gummer. “Typical.”
Meanwhile, uptown, the New York State Theater transformed into a Harajuku fantasyland for the annual Dance With the Dancers party, cosponsored by Elle and Piazza Sempione. There were bright red wigs, neon-colored paper lanterns, fuchsia tablecloths and yard upon yard of kimonos, as guests took the traditional Japanese dress code to heart. Nicole Miller picked hers up at a vintage shop, explaining, “I’ve always liked chopsticks in my hair, so this is just a natural extension of that.” Co-chairman Allison Sarofim enlisted her tailor to take vintage obi fabric and turn it into a very of-the-moment bubble-skirted dress. “I hope it doesn’t get lost in translation,” she joked.
Apparently what did was the timing for a traditional cocktail hour and dinner. Guests like Ann Dexter-Jones, Carlos Mota, Zani Gugelmann and Campion and Tatiana Platt were so content to mill around on the practically tropical Promenade that ushers, co-chairman Candace Bushnell and a very hungry Isabel Dupré (who exclaimed “food, food, food!”) had to coax them inside. Once indoors, they were treated to a funk performance by a slew of the company’s dancers, including first-time co-chairman Sterling Hyltin. To cries of “work it girl!” the crew brought out a karaoke machine that had guests getting down late into the night.
The next evening, monied preppies hit The Society of Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center’s Beach Ball, sponsored by J. Crew, to sip Dark and Stormys to the sound of a steel drum band, while a much younger crowd crammed into the Tribeca Cinemas for a special Teen Vogue and Dooney & Bourke-sponsored screening of “Nancy Drew.” Guests like Cecilia and Josephine Becker (Vera Wang’s daughters), Alessandra Balazs and Amanda Brooks (with daughter Coco in tow) were joined by a veritable elementary school of girls, who mobbed the film’s star, Emma Roberts, with unexpected force.
“I’ve been to New York, but I’ve never been crowded by fans and paparazzi like this before,” exclaimed the young star. Acting isn’t her only ambition. In addition to designing a line of bags for Dooney & Bourke, Roberts hopes to one day have her own clothing line. “But it won’t be, like, ‘Emma!’ I want it to be something sold in Barneys.”