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NEW YORK — If anyone got any work done on Thursday, bravo, because the day was packed with social calls from noon through night.
In the evening, the stop was BG, the restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman, where Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini was being feted. “I don’t like parties so much,” said the bejeweled Italian through a translator. “I prefer to be behind the scenes.” But co-host Ginnifer Goodwin along with Chris Klein, Topher Grace and Molly Sims were intent on celebrating her. Goodwin, who claimed to be “obsessed” with the label, flew to town specifically for the soiree. The actress was between shoots of the HBO series “Big Love,” in which she plays a polygamist’s wife. So has the show taught her anything about love itself? “So much of it is understanding how different people navigate their relationships,” she said. “I find I am more patient.”
It’s a good thing, too, because her new beau Klein arrived an hour into the party. The two then tiptoed around each other before finally joining up, all smiles and hand-holding, while a publicist blocked photographers from snapping the duo. The couple met on the set of their upcoming flick, “Day Zero,” but if it was love at first sight, Klein isn’t dishing. “We had an immediate respect for each other,” he said somewhat obliquely.
Others hit the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s preview for the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show beforehand. There, sponsor Taryn Rose; Ondine de Rothschild and her mother, Ariane Dandois; Martha Stewart, and Lydia Hearst mingled among the artifacts and helped raise nearly $1 million for the institution. Co-chair Joanne de Guardiola was distracted by her husband, who was asking her to focus on a particular work. “Oh, we’re just looking at this little library painting,” she joked, referring to an estimated $1.6 million painting of a wildlife scene.
Earlier that day, Dabney Mercer, Caroline Cummings, Patricia Cobiella, Eugenia Silva and Stephanie Field Harris treated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s young Apollo Circle members to lunch and a fashion show at the Escada store on Fifth Avenue. “You would look great in that,” Harris said to Silva. “I can only wear Armani,” she replied dryly.
This story first appeared in the October 23, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Uptown, more social fixtures, from Renée Rockefeller to Gigi Mortimer, gathered at the Valentino boutique for a luncheon to honor Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. The cover girl of November’s issue of House & Garden (and clad in a couture Valentino gown), the princess was making the rounds in Manhattan, catching up with old friends and mixing business with pleasure. “I should do this more often,” she said with a laugh of posing for magazines and getting to jet to New York to do press. The previous day, she invited pals and their little ones to her Madison Avenue boutique for “an afternoon of shopping, face-painting and treats.” Alex Kramer, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès and Samantha Boardman perused the boutique while a bevy of kids stood in line for face-painting and snacked on Eleni’s animal cookies. All in a day’s work.