COSTUMES CONTINUED: After the well-mannered elegance of the Metropolitan Museum setting, guests from the Costume Institute’s annual gala were ready to let loose. A mix of celebs (Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Kate Bosworth, Djimon Hounsou), socials (Marina Rust) and designers (Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang) descended upon Philippe restaurant where Olivier Theyskens and Lauren Santo Domingo were hosting a raucous and exclusive after party (yes, that was Leven Rambin being turned away at the door).
Theyskens arrived just after the mini performance of “Hair” ended at the museum and with his long tresses he felt a kinship with the main characters.
“I was two steps away from being in it myself,” he joked, flanked by Santo Domingo, whose dress he fashioned from silvery material normally used for NASA.
Kate Mara arrived with her date, Zac Posen, whose red-lined blue jacket invoked Superman. Had he taken her into a phone booth for a quick change?
“Not yet—maybe later,” winked Mara saucily as she maneuvered her long yellow train.
The narrow space was soon packed to capacity. Mischa Barton made a beeline for a plate of satays at the bar while Blake Lively and Penn Badgley cozied up in a banquette with their own plates of food. Andre Leon Talley held court with Venus Williams at the restaurant’s entrance, enveloped in a full-length cape (designed by Karl Lagerfeld, who later joined him) that had attentive p.r.’s glancing anxiously at the nearby votive candles.
“It’s like wearing a sweater,” smiled Talley.
On the second floor, a dance party broke out as a DJ spun oldies like The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and Jackson Five’s “ABC.” Posen and Mara got down and dirty, Lake Bell busted out some moves and Eva Amurri and Chris Benz cheered them on from the side booths.
Around 1 a.m., Anne Grauso produced a green Shrek-covered birthday cake for husband Mario and after partaking of slices, guests moved onward and downtown to Bungalow and Socialista.