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Mailmen must be developing hernias these days from delivering invitations. There are so many events on both coasts it’s surprising celebrities and socialites have time to do anything else but party.
Take late last week. Sarah Jessica Parker and Iman swung by a party for “Night & Day: An Exhibition of Evening Bags and Vanities” at Fred Leighton in Manhattan early Thursday evening. Parker, in a loaner necklace, fanned herself with a diamond-decorated Victorian plume. “I think it’s gorgeous and glorious,” she said. Further down Madison Avenue, an upper-crust crowd, including Georgette Mosbacher, Lauren duPont and Jennifer Creel, packed into the new Asprey store’s opening fete, where DJ Paul Sevigny spun records under the staircase.
Meanwhile, a mob scene was forming over on Fifth Avenue in front of the Louis Vuitton store, where Scarlett Johansson cohosted a LoVe party with Louis Vuitton North America president and chief executive officer Daniel Lalonde. The newly platinum actress, in head-to-toe Vuitton, quipped of her new coif, “It’s natural.”
Earlier that day, Chanel had a ladies lunch at La Grenouille in honor of the label’s ballet flat. Marjorie Gubelmann, Barbara Wilhelm, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Margherita Missoni and Fernanda Niven nibbled on spring pea risotto and a decadent chocolate souffle while trying on their gifts — black beribboned slippers. “I brought my shoes to drop off at Shoe Service Plus and I was going to wear these home,” said Lauren Davis.
The previous evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion, Liya Kebede and Teen Vogue hosted a Mother-Daughter Evening to benefit Kebede’s foundation, complete with a runway show and dress auction starring amateur models Samantha Perelman (Ron’s daughter), Cecilia and Josephine Becker (Vera Wang’s offspring) and Alessandra Balazs as Anna Sui, Thakoon Panichgul, Behnaz Sarafpour, Amanda Brooks and Aerin Lauder looked on. Ironically, it was only professional catwalker Kebede who experienced any wardrobe malfunctions: her 3.1 Phillip Lim dress kept coming undone. “Story of my life!” she laughed.
The same evening, art aficionados headed to Sotheby’s for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s dinner. The contemporary art auction featured Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup can, a Hoover vacuum cleaner sculpture by Jeff Koons, an abundance of Picasso drawings and a Robert Rauschenberg assembled from a tie, a piece of furniture and an old sweatshirt. “It’s only $10 million to $15 million,” laughed co-host CeCe Cord. “Which means you can have it for $16 [million] to $17 [million].”
Out in Los Angeles on Thursday, Escada threw open the doors to its redesigned West Coast flagship, nestled in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Naomi Watts arrived wearing a custom gown by creative director Damiano Biella. “I’m feeling good,” said the expectant Watts, who nevertheless took a load off on a leather chair in the VIP room and rubbed her legs. “You look like a pregnant 10-year-old,” joked Hilary Swank of Watts’ fresh-faced appearance.
On the sex appeal meter, the heat surely rose on nearby Civic Center Drive when leggy starlets like Paula Patton, Mischa Barton and Monet Mazur showed up for the inauguration of Byron Williams’ salon, hosted by Rachel Zoe. For Lindsay Lohan, who arrived at 10:45 p.m., the fete may as well have been a pit stop between clubs — if the neon entrance bracelet she was wearing was any indication, her partying had started earlier that night.