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It doesn’t take much to get a socialite to put on a great pair of shoes, as evidenced by the glee with which Marjorie Raein, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lauren du Pont, Gigi Mortimer and her mother, Jean Pearman, and Lillian von Stauffenberg embraced their new pair of Stuart Weitzman strappy sandals with Swarovski crystals at a lunch last Thursday to celebrate Christie’s upcoming jewelry auction. The shoes were modeled after a $1.5 million pair with rubies that Weitzman made for the Oscars this year.
But getting them to take them off is another story, as evidenced by Adelina Wong’s struggle to part with her leopard print Versace boots at Celerie Kemble’s roller-skating birthday the same day at the Roxy. “Moby said my shoes were so high I already looked like I was on roller skates,” said Wong, who pointed out that the bald-headed rock star was violating the rules of the rink with a pair of inline skates.
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Kemble, who was six upon the release of Olivia Newton-John’s similarly themed movie, “Xanadu,” celebrated 30 with more than 250 friends, including her sister, Phoebe, and Daniella Rich. “This is my birthday suit,” said Kemble, gesturing to the skating outfit, which would have made Kristi Yamaguchi envious. “Capezio head to toe.”
The Santa Monica home of New York Times Magazine creative director Elizabeth Stewart served as the location for another theme party over the weekend: a “bohemian chic” Morrocan dinner for James Ferragamo, the merchandising manager of the house. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford chose head-to-toe Ferragamo, but Marley Shelton carried it off with a printed Catherine Malandrino blouse and Kelly Lynch nailed it with a beaded tunic inherited from her mother. The guest of honor, however, was just confused by the dress code. “I only brought a suit to wear,” Ferragamo confessed.