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New York packed its bags for more parties in Aspen, Palm Beach and St. Bart’s in the coming weeks, but not without a jammed social calendar as a proper send-off.

On Monday, Ashanti, Lenny Kravitz and Sean Combs helped Jacob Arago (aka Jacob the Jeweler) christen his new store on 57th Street. Downtown, Diane von Furstenberg welcomed Christian Louboutin to her Meatpacking District neighborhood — he has a new store opening there — with a lasagna dinner for the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Barkin and Julianne Moore (who have been filming “Trust the Man” in New York), as well as Celerie Kemble, Amanda Brooks, Ghislaine Maxwell and Anh Duong. They all gathered on couches for a performance by burlesque artist (and Marilyn Manson squeeze) Dita von Teese who did her act in a giant Louboutin pump.

The next night, David Lauren toasted “Phantom of the Opera” star Emmy Rossum at a private dinner at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village. Rossum brought along boyfriend David Wildenstein, who confessed to buying a very expensive Ralph Lauren bed, while the actress buzzed about her press tour to Berlin where she confused weiner schnitzel with sausage. Of utmost excitement was Rossum’s Golden Globe nomination from the previous morning.

“While the nominations were going on, all I could do was clean,” Rossum said.

“All I’ve ever won is a bottle of scotch,” photographer David Bailey told her.

On Wednesday, Eva Mendes, Lisa Ling, Helena Christensen and Ashley Olsen helped Natalia Vodianova raise money for her new charity, The Naked Heart Foundation.

“They got an Olsen,” Marjorie Raein said as the little muppet walked in. “That’s major.”

This story first appeared in the December 21, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Despite Antony Todd’s Russian winterland decor, von Furstenberg’s studio was boiling hot. And with the glare of the black-and-white tiles combined with the bright lighting, Daniel Benedict realized he could see up Christensen’s skirt.

“Thank God I’m wearing La Perla,” said Bettina Zilkha.

The week’s parties came to a close with a cocktail party at Bottega Veneta thrown by Tomas Meier. The third annual Nijinsky Awards took place in Monaco. Sponsored by Chanel and hosted by ballet lover Princess Caroline of Hanover, the event celebrated the stars of the international dance scene. Of course, decked out in their Chanel best, these swans nearly stole the show.

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