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TEARS GO BY: “Stop, you’re making me cry,” pleaded a grinning Ralph Rucci as Tatiana Sorokko sang his praises during a lunch she gave for him last week in San Francisco, where the designer held a trunk show at Neiman Marcus.

“I’ve known Tatiana for 15 years — she used to model for me in Paris — and she understands how to push my emotional buttons,” the designer joked.

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Also there were Kimberly Newson, heavily into campaigning for her husband, Gavin, who is running for mayor; Vanessa Getty, campaigning for her favorite animal rescue charity; Denise Hale; OJ Shansby, and Yurie Pascarella.

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