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CHARGE!: With no reserve price set for any of the 350 lots included in the famous Seagram Collection of Photographs, there is sure to be plenty of wild paddle-wielding at Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg on April 25-26. The sale — which will include works by a stunning range of photographers from Bernhard and Hilla Bercher to William Eggelston to William Klein — is the first to take place in the house’s spare new headquarters in the Meatpacking District, designed by Bill Katz.
And while other auction houses might limit credit card charges, in the spirit of the art-loving frenzy the sale is sure to create, Phillips promises to accept Visa and Mastercard for all purchases.
SEEING DOUBLE: The invitation for Lara Shriftman and Lara Flynn Boyle’s joint birthday bash might have read, “Come as your favorite Old Hollywood star,” but Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Demi Moore and Joy Bryant simply came as themselves Friday night as L.A.’s party people descended on the Talmadge Estate for the Ciroc vodka-drenched fete.
For her part, Paris Hilton followed the dress code, channeling Sharon Tate, while drag queen Alexis Arquette did an homage to Flynn Boyle herself, as did the waitresses who were dressed in — what else? — pink tutus.
DANCE FEVER: Jeff Klein, Tara Rockefeller, Helen Schifter and Muffy Flouret are turning up the heat at this year’s Dance With the Dancers party to benefit the New York City Ballet. The co-chairs have settled on a steamy Seventies theme and are calling the party, which will be sponsored by Valentino, “Monday Night Fever — Disco Inferno.”
“We wanted to re-create Bianca Jagger’s entrance at Studio 54 by bringing in a white horse,” said Klein. “But we couldn’t bring the horse into Lincoln Center, so we scrapped it.” Still, Klein and co. promise waiters in HotPants, a performance by Deborah Harry, go-go dancers and plenty of Seventies-style freewheeling fun.
MYSTERY TRAIN: It takes a lot to keep up with the ever-energetic Marjorie Gubelmann. Just ask the whiz kids at Givenchy’s haute couture atelier in Paris. After two weeks of tinkering, a unique system was designed to free society’s favorite bride-to-be from the confines of her long, long train. After her wedding ceremony on May 3, the train will hook into a hidden fold, rendering the gown, in reverse charmeuse satin and delicate lace, a manageable floor-length.
With her point d’esprit veil — which is three times the length of the gown itself — Gubelmann will pair a 62-carat diamond tiara from Harry Winston.