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Just because you’re seated at someone’s table at a New York dinner party doesn’t mean you get to speak with them. Though Martha Stewart introduced herself to Chloë Sevigny at a dinner at Sotheby’s hosted by Coach’s Reed Krakoff to preview the 20th Century Design Exhibition, Sevigny, who had just returned from her 10th high school reunion in Darien, Conn., didn’t get a chance to continue the conversation. “I really wanted to talk to Martha Stewart about Connecticut,” Sevigny said, puffing on a cigarette, as the evening came to a close. “I love her magazine. My mom gets it.”

But as Stewart’s conversation veered toward the artwork by Damian Hirst she owns (it’s taxidermy), Sevigny moved onto more important topics: the train wreck that is MTV’s “Rich Girls” and her excitement about the premiere of Paris Hilton’s reality show “The Simple Life.” Krakoff’s wife, interior designer Delphine, also a “Rich Girls” fan, shared Sevigny’s enthusiasm.

This story first appeared in the December 4, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“We’re going to Europe tomorrow and we’re sad that we’re going to miss Art Basel,” Delphine said. “But we’re even more sad that we’re going to miss ‘The Simple Life.’”

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