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As the best hosts know, the thrill is in the mix — just ask the far-flung group that gathered for a dinner at Matsuri to celebrate the artistic ode to Kate Moss in the September issue of W magazine, WWD’s sister publication. From the art world came such luminaries as Francesco Clemente, Lisa Yuskavage, Tom Sachs and Richard Prince, as well as photographers Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Fashion stars like Helmut Lang, Carolina Herrera and Narciso Rodriguez joined the throng. Swans of the social swirl, including Serena and Samantha Boardman, Eliza Reed Bolen and Rena Sindi, swam their way downtown. The Hollywood contingent included Adrien Brody, Connie Nielsen and Todd Solondz. And without a seating chart, they all fended for themselves, finding old friends and making some new ones, too.

Anna Wintour tucked into a corner banquet with Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Eric Zinterhofer. Brice Marden sat en famille with daughter Mirabelle, while Lauren Bush squeezed in with Michael Kors and Zac Posen. Harvey Weinstein slipped into a booth with his dermatologist, Lisa Airan. Lynn Forester chatted with Richard Tuttle and Angela Westwater, while Nina Griscom and Leonel Pirainofound a cozy table for two.

This story first appeared in the September 11, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

In his fabulous yet friendly way, P. Diddy approached Kors, whom he hadn’t seen since their tiff last June, and the two shook hands. “We’re like this,” Kors announced, crossing his fingers in a sign of best-friendship.

Then Diddy was off to engage a table full of young ladies, passing around his beyond-bling-bling pinkie ring for each one to try on. “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” said Diddy, “so this is my way in.”

At the rollicking after party, held in Michael Thompson’s studio, many were looking for a way into a crowd that included stars such as Edward Norton, Gwen Stefani and Anthony Kiedis, as well as young designers like Peter Som, Richie Rich and Magda Berliner. Bridging the gap between the two worlds was Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff, who spent the summer on a movie set with chicken cutlets shoved into her bodice, playing a voluptuous Patty Hearst-esque revolutionary in the upcoming comedy, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

By the time Donna Karan arrived, the fire marshall held a growing crowd at bay on the sidewalk. Anouck Lepere took the opportunity to strike up a friendship of convenience, begging one of the firemen for a ride to Bungalow 8. “Are you kidding?” he responded, stone-faced. “No way.”

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