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The marathon of fashion week parties only hit the halfway mark over the weekend, but it still left many feeling footsore and exhausted.
Thursday night kicked off with a dinner feting Rachel Zoe’s first tome, “Style: A to Zoe,” at Socialista. The celebrity stylist introduced her proud parents to friends including her hostess Margherita Missoni, Angela Lindvall, Stavros Niarchos, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Pierre Casiraghi, Liya Kebede, Brian Atwood and Diane Kruger, fresh off the plane from Venice. The dinner capped off a busy day for Demi Moore, who has been keeping a schedule as jam-packed as any editor with shows, lunches and parties. “I’m just glad there’s something for me to do,” said Moore, whose husband, Ashton Kutcher, is shooting a film in the city. “Though I do wish I could just slip in and watch, unnoticed.”
Meanwhile, the crew at Purple magazine was hosting a dinner at Freeman’s, with Ellen von Unwerth, Leelee Sobieski, Chiara Clemente and co-hosts Eric Villency and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who said she won’t be at the shows. “I just started my new job” at Baron & Baron Inc., she said. “I want them to think I take it seriously.”
After dinner, most guests headed uptown to Alexander Wang’s after party in a Chelsea warehouse space, where Mischa Barton, clad in a long silver gown, stopped by to say hello after presenting at Fashion Rocks.
Meanwhile, the rest of the CBS special’s stars headed to the Rainbow Room for the official after party, including Barton’s friend Nicole Richie. Usher held court in a corner VIP section, receiving well-wishers congratulating him on his recent wedding to Tameka Foster, while Mary J. Blige raved about her “Entourage” cameo with the evening’s host, Jeremy Piven: “That’s my man,” she said. “I think I made a real friend.”
The next night was no less busy: Max Azria hosted a relatively civilized dinner at Buddakan, while up on Fifth Avenue, a police entourage and barricade worthy of a presidential visit surrounded the new Just Cavalli store as ravenous fans screamed for celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Mena Suvari, Joshua Jackson, Carol Alt and Blige. Once inside, the heat and crowds were so overwhelming that most, including Ashlee Simpson, did a quick walk-through before heading to the Waverly Inn dinner afterwards. But things were no more calm there. “Please, please let me have a look at her first,” begged Roberto Cavalli to photographers as they made a beeline for Moore, braving the flashbulbs once again.
Fledgling designer Jessica Simpson was more understanding of the store opening’s pressure cooker atmosphere. “It was chaos, which it deserved,” she offered. “Hopefully I can have the same thing one day. That’s what we all hope for as designers.”
The Prada store was equally packed when The Hours took over for a concert underneath a chandelier-sized version of Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull. Steven Tyler, Gina Gershon, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Zoe Kravitz and Vincent Gallo all happily squeezed onto the wooden stairs, and stuck around long afterward.
On Saturday evening, while many headed to Ralph Lauren’s 40th anniversary bash in Central Park, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy celebrated their spring collection with a party hosted by Miranda July at the new Salon 94 Freemans gallery. Kate said she’s headed to Venice, Florence and Milan for a well-deserved vacation. Meanwhile, rock royalty headed to 401 Projects and American Photo’s “Visions of Rock” exhibit, where sometime photographers Lou Reed, Michael Stipe and Bryan Adams were showing their work. LL Cool J stopped by after attending the Y-3 show. But despite his many fashion week appearances, the rapper protested, “I am not a fashionista. As a matter of fact, the other day someone asked me what an epaulet was and I had no idea. Someone asked me what a haberdashery was and I also had no idea.”