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NEW YORK — “Is it fun to dress celebs like Renée Zellweger and all these other A-list actresses?” Carmen Electra asked Carolina Herrera as Style Network cameras rolled. And so she set the tone as Cartier moved into Gotham Hall for yet another party with tons of celebrities for its Caresse d’Orchidées collection.

“There’s always going to be a celebrity buzz,” said Aerin Lauder, who was lounging in the balcony that overlooked the party. “That’s part of life now.”

But the constant red-carpet parade has even left the celebrities a little spent. “I’m tired,” Kirsten Dunst admitted, having returned from the flashbulb frenzy that was the Toronto Film Festival, where she was promoting her flick “Elizabethtown.” “But I’m here because of Jane Mayle. She’s a finalist of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and I’ve worn her clothes since I was 16.” Rachel Weisz has been doing press for “The Constant Gardener” for weeks, but came to Cartier because “I’m friends with Veronica, who does their p.r.”

The same seems to go for the social set. “It’s a long night,” said Lauren duPont. (Still, she trudged the whole way down 11th Avenue for Badgley Mischka’s 9 p.m. — more like 9:45 — show. “They’re so sweet,” she explained, “and they’re friends. Plus they wrote on my invitation ‘You have to come!'”)

Meanwhile, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Monaghan, Lisa Airan, Carolyn Murphy, Roberto Cavalli, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sipped chilled champagne to cool themselves off in the sweltering space.

On the other side of town, at Bergdorf Goodman, Anne McNally, Cathy Horyn, Grace Coddington and David Remnick toasted Michael Roberts and his book, “M.R.,” a collection of his artwork published over the years in The New Yorker. Anh Duong and André Leon Talley humorously posed with Roberts and a pair of red, oversized scissors.

This story first appeared in the September 16, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

At a more intimate party downtown, revelers joined Gwyneth Paltrow for a screening of her newest film “Proof, ” hosted by Dior and The Cinema Society. Paltrow turned up in a cream knit Alexander McQueen dress, not the Dior she was meant to don.

Lindsay Lohan, who seems to be hitting every party she can get to lately, snuck in after the screening, posed for some pics with Paltrow and promptly left. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, meanwhile, came in at the last minute and slipped into their seats to watch the movie. They, like guests Marisa Noel Brown, Rufus Albemarle and Tory Burch, all sat raptly through the mathematical drama. “It was great,” said Albemarle. “I myself am diametrically the opposite of good at math,” he joked. Rena Sindi appeared at the after party held across the street in a fifth-floor apartment in Richard Meier‘s new building, 165 Charles Street. The indefatigable Sindi is in town taking a break from apartment shopping in London. And Sindi’s already into the London social whirl. “I’m planning a party at Annabel’s in November,” she said. “And everyone keeps asking me about my jewelry. It’s so funny, it’s not even sold anywhere yet.” Meanwhile, Paltrow, trailed discreetly by a security guard, had a long tête-à-tête with Lauren Bacall and caught up with Helena Christensen before heading home to rest up for a flight to L.A. in the morning. But some showed no signs of stopping: Margherita Missoni arrived at midnight with her boyfriend, Ernst August Jr., just as the bar staff was trying to pack up.

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