By  on May 7, 2007

NEW YORK — At just after 11 on Thursday morning, following a trunk-show run-through at Bergdorf Goodman, Stella McCartney sat perched on a banquette in The Carlyle hotel with sugar on her mind.

As the designer — the epitome of her brand's sporty-chic image with her auburn hair swept into a neat bun and wearing a black ruffled jacket, jeans and diamonds aplenty — dipped her pinky into a mini jar of honey, she was already thinking about her next fix: the dessert menu at her private dinner party later that evening.

"We're doing floating islands," she said before describing the egg-white and custard dish as "very kitsch, very Fifties Florida; Ginger Rogers, but very posh."

When it came to her guest list, McCartney was not one to talk. "I think of my friends, all of them — whether celebs or not — as friends," she said. "I think it's a little unchic to announce the ones that are celebrities."

WWD later learned that Jeff and Justine Koons, François Pinault, Anna Wintour, Liv Tyler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Seinfeld, Helena Christensen, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant all attended the dinner.

Of course, famous friends and custard confections weren't the only thing on McCartney's Manhattan agenda. She's not often in New York these days. In fact, this was her first trip to the States since the birth of her second child, daughter Bailey, in December. "It's funny. When you have kids, you sort of stop traveling," she said. "I try and stay in one place as much as I can."

She'll be making the most of her short stay before heading home to London on Tuesday. Included in her packed schedule was Thursday's trunk show, a cocktail party at BG, the private dinner at The Carlyle and tonight's Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "It's the first year we have our own table," she said with a laugh. "We made it. We can finally have our own table at the Met." Once again, McCartney was mum on who, aside from her husband, Alasdhair Willis, would be sitting with them.

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