BEER ESSENTIALS

The tents may need a shot in the arm, but the nightlife during Fashion Week could hardly be labeled "Conservative Chic." One thing that's always been true about Malcolm McLaren: is he really knows how to mix it up. His career runs the gamut from the Sex Pistols to Elysee Palace: he's just been asked to compose the theme song for the Jacques Chirac presidential campaign in France. The booze was flowing--and the crowd was drinking--at McLaren's record-release bash for his new "Paris" album at The Ukrainian Institute, hosted by James Truman and Joan Juliet Buck. Amid the bizarre mix of Park Avenue socials and rock 'n' rollers was a cool Catherine Deneuve, who sings on his album. "New York is very lively," she said. "It makes me wonder why I don't spend more time here."
McLaren was pretty impressed at the havoc his name can still inspire. "Look at this!" he said. "These people have imaginations! That's what's missing in fashion: imagination!"
They aren't ubiquitous on the catwalk this season, but the supermodels are turning up at a lot of parties. "I hate the term 'supermodel,"' Helena Christensen said at the party to launch Franiois Nars's new makeup line at Laura Belle the same night.
While she said she has no plans to throw in the towel, Christensen will be taking one of her hobbies a bit further: she's planning a photography exhibition in London.
Laura Belle's VIP suite--the Krug Room--was more of a media free-for-all than a safe haven for celebs, including Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Marisa Tomei, Molly Ringwald and Anna Sui, Elle Macpherson and Linda Evangelista. The press was literally tripping over themselves--the room had large black pillows scattered all over the tiered floor. Isabella Rossellini made an appearance that night at the re-release of the newly restored Satyajit Ray film "Pather Panchali" with beau Gary Oldman. The couple showed up at the film's post-party at Salaam Bombay.
The same night, Kate Moss--missing from all the New York action--accompanied Johnny Depp to the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, "Don Juan De Marco." The coupled swaggered in nearly an hour late; Kate sported new bangs and a white Prada column dress.

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