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What happens when you take two exuberant Italians, add Lindsay Lohan, Robert Downey Jr., Linda Evangelista, buckets of champagne and stir? A social swirl that ends in the wee hours with girls hanging off the palm trees in Bungalow 8 — as was the case at Stefano Gabbana‘s 42nd birthday party Friday night.

“It’s so much fun!” crowed Gabbana, as friends like Maria Bello, Michael Stipe, Nicky Hilton, Mike Myers and Vanessa Carlton and boyfriend Stephan Jenkins poured into Bette, Amy Sacco‘s Chelsea hot spot. No wonder he was so pleased, because everywhere you looked were Dolce & Gabbana designs — although not everyone borrowed. “I bought this skirt for $90 at 7th on Sale, can you believe it?” said Vogue intern Camilla Al Fayed, who had staffed the sale and was now wearing her snakeskin purchase with a black tank top. Alex Kramer, Jennifer Creel, Tinsley Mortimer and Eleanor Ylvisaker all abandoned their typically ladylike styles to don the house’s eclectic designs.

Lohan, on a break from shooting the Robert F. Kennedy-based “Bobby” in L.A., was so Dolce & Gabbana-obsessed that she even changed halfway through dinner from the designers’ demure white lace dress to a black plunging number. She’d spent the day playing stylist for her 11-year-old sister, Ali, for their appearance on MTV’s “TRL” — although her sister’s pop-culture savvy shocked her. “They asked what her favorite piece of clothing was, and she said her AC/DC vintage T-shirt, and I was like, ‘How do you know about that stuff?'” Lohan said.

After guests had dined on bowls of french fries and model-sized portions of chicken, latecomers Naomi Campbell, Lenny Kravitz and Marc Jacobs swanned through the doors just before midnight to fete Gabbana. They were just in time for the evening’s next portion, when partygoers headed over to Bungalow 8 for more champagne — and for Lohan to meet up with her little brother, Michael, and his friends.

This story first appeared in the November 15, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Christopher Bailey hosted a children’s charity cocktail at Burberry’s London showroom last Wednesday. “You know the parents are dying to dive in,” he said of the big red beanbag chairs he designed for the event. “And I bet they would if no one was looking.”

Guests at the party for Facing the World, a charity set up by plastic surgeons who treat underprivileged children with severe facial disfigurement, included Selina Blow, Nick Hornby, John Pawson, Yasmin Mills and Alice Bamford.

The following night, Bailey stepped into the spotlight once again at the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the British Designer of the Year award at the annual British Fashion Awards. Other winners included Roland Mouret (Red Carpet Designer of the Year), who thanked his business partner Shari Meyers with whom he plans to part ways, Duro Olowu (New Designer), Stephen Jones (Accessory Designer) and Suzy Menkes (Outstanding Achievement in Fashion).

OK, so the British Fashion Awards may not rival the CFDA Awards, but the annual ceremony, where guests included Alexander McQueen, Jemima Khan, Zandra Rhodes, Saffron Aldridge, Liberty Ross, Daphne Guinness, Stella Tennant and Bay Garnett, had its own particular charm.

“It’s probably a lot more fun, too,” said Giles Deacon. “And nothing beats the V&A as a venue,” added Alannah Weston.

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