“Nobody puts Baby in a corner — Do the lift!” guests gleefully shouted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering gala Wednesday night as the teenaged Rising Stars Dance Academy troupe capped off its ballroom dance performance with a step-for-step reenactment of the final scene of “Dirty Dancing.”
Roberto Cavalli, a chairman, outfitted many of the guests for the eclectic evening at Sotheby’s, including Beyoncé Knowles, Heidi Klum, Anne Grauso, Alexis Waller and Elaine Wynn, who wore a gingham number and also chaired the evening with her husband, Steve. The Sin City couple went to great lengths to impress the New York crowd, even bringing in croupiers and cocktail waitresses from their Wynn Las Vegas resort to work the event’s traditional gaming hour. “Maybe I’ll gamble my wife and win a second one,” joked Cavalli, referring to his spouse, Eva.
Others, however, were less inclined to try their luck. Klum couldn’t stay for dinner and left without playing her chips, and Knowles’ appearance was so brief, she couldn’t have placed a bet even if she’d wanted to. “I don’t like gambling,” she said. “If I win, I feel guilty because it comes too easily.”
Across town, the party was on, Latin American-style, at the El Museo del Barrio’s gala event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The black-tie crowd — including Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Francisco Costa and Arielle Dombasle (Mrs. Bernard Henri-Levy, who later performed a ballad) — was transformed into a sea of white fans, since guests were offered the delicate accessories on entering. Little did they know that designer Ruben Toledo had hand-decorated each one. “He was up until 3 a.m. painting them,” laughed his wife, Isabel, who was decked out in a dress of her own design.
The following evening, Barneys New York’s Simon Doonan and Julie Gilhart held court for Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci in the apartment Doonan shares with his partner, Jonathan Adler. “All the tchotchkes are mine, but Jonathan decorated the apartment,” said Doonan, who was trailed all night by the couple’s Norwich terrier, Liberace.
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The space had a salon feel, and Amanda and Christopher Brooks, Lisa Airan, Cecilia Dean, Tiffany Dubin, Thelma Golden, jewelry designer Betony Vernon and stylist Anna Bingemann mingled with Tisci, Givenchy chief Marco Gobbetti and Barneys head Howard Socol. “I was shocked about this apartment,” said Tisci. “It doesn’t feel like New York at all. It feels very ‘Clockwork Orange.'”
At about 10, Givenchy muse and Tisci friend Mariacarla Boscono emerged from the elevator, just in time for coffee. The close-cropped blonde had dashed over after the opening night of her play, Jean Genet’s “The Maids,” at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Her co-star (and fellow acting student) Margherita Missoni attracted quite the crowd of fans to the institute, including Damon Dash, Rachel Roy and Stavros Niarchos. “It’s just like Bungalow 8,” quipped one audience member. “Where’s Amy Sacco?” Also in the crush was Missoni’s proud grandmother, Rosita, who took over the front row with a group of friends, all decked out in Missoni sweaters. On stage, more Missoni goods appeared — several vintage dresses were prominently displayed as part of the set.
Meanwhile, in Paris, the jet set was more focused on film than theater — naturally, considering the Cannes International Film Festival is going full tilt. Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis threw a dinner at Maxim’s to benefit the Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital in Nepal. While graffiti artist André declared that von Thurn und Taxis’ own documentary, about the Nepalese hospital, was “too serious,” Mama Gloria von Thurn und Taxis got everyone back in the party mood by kicking off a raucous round of karaoke in front of guests Pierre and Andrea Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Princess Olga of Greece, Christian Louboutin and Jacqueline de Ribes.