MISS CAST: Stella McCartney is starring in her own remake of the Blake Edwards-directed 1968 comedy “The Party.” Well, sort of. The designer used the film — starring Peter Sellers as a goofy film extra who is accidentally invited to an exclusive Hollywood party — as inspiration for her bash tonight at the legendary Chateau Marmont. An entire floor, including Jim Morrison’s old favorite suite, has been booked, as well as the pool and garden areas, which will serve as a stage for spontaneous acts. If McCartney’s playing the Sellers character, she’s not alone. The invitation — a key with a custom pink pearlized tag — has become the most coveted invite in town on an already bustling night. Even Christina Ricci, who’s co-hosting the Chance cocktail fete at Chanel in Beverly Hills with Chloë Sevigny earlier in the evening, got in her RSVP asap.
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DEMOCRACY: Sometimes actions speak louder than words. On Wednesday, House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, an aide and a security guard took the Acela train from Philadelphia to Washington. As they stepped onto the first-class car of the train, the Secret Service agent realized there weren’t three seats together. So, according to an eyewitness, the agent very pretentiously complained to the conductor, who handled the situation by telling three people seated together to disperse to single seats. But 10 minutes later, a supervisor walked onto the car and noticed that none of the ticket stubs sticking out of from Gephardt’s seats were even for first class. Her reaction? She told the men to get out, at which point Gephardt very sheepishly stepped up from his seat and, with everyone looking at him in wide-eyed amazement (one person even began to clap), skulked out to the next car.
CHA-CHA-CHA: Tonight, after a long hiatus, the Copacabana nightclub — now a 48,000 square-foot megaclub on 34th Street and 11th Avenue — will return in all of its legendary glory. Not only does the club boast a high-tech dance floor, but its Carmen Miranda-inspired dancing “Copa Girls” are back, and will be dressed — or make that undressed — in peel-away white costumes created by Dominican designer Anel Verna.
THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: Former Movado creative director Scott Woodward got more than he bargained for when he decorated Glass with about 50 T-shirts hung from a clothesline on Monday night for the launch of his new fashion collection, SwankT’s. The shirts, which retail around $70 apiece, were part of a shipment destined for a store the next day, but a gaggle of greedy guests, including several male models egged on by photographer Patrick McMullen, plucked the shirts right off the line — and in some cases, changed from their street clothes right at the bar. While it made for a great photo op, it wasn’t the kind of publicity Woodward was expecting. He’s spent the rest of the week coming up with a way to reproduce enough shirts to fill his orders.