HUNGRY HORDE: The east end of New York’s Long Island got a taste of the Far East on Saturday night when Stephanie and David Wolkoff and Cristina and Chris Cuomo teamed up with Gucci to host a Nobu-catered Mid-Summer Night’s dinner at East Hampton’s Ross School. Guests including Sasha Lazard, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney supped on yellowtail sashimi and rock shrimp tempura at the event, which raised money for the school’s scholarship fund. But perhaps no guest was more deserving of a lavish alfresco meal than Nacho Figueras, who’d participated in the first polo match of the season earlier in the day. “Let us eat!” exclaimed the Argentinian.
VERSACE HITS TAIWAN: The world’s tallest tower was decked out in Versace style last weekend as the house feted its new boutique in the Taipei 101 mall. The brand’s name in lights adorned the top of the vertiginous structure Saturday night as Versace hosted an inaugural dinner on the 86th floor for guests including local actresses-models Patina and Shatina. The Taipei store currently covers 1,600 square feet but, in coming months, Versace will more than double its size. The Taiwan opening is the first of what will be a string of Asian openings for Versace. This year, the company will invest about 10 million euros ($14 million at current exchange) in the region, including the Taipei store, two Beijing boutiques and another six stores elsewhere in Asia, Versace chief executive Giancarlo Di Risio told WWD. “It was really spectacular,” Di Risio said of the lit tower. “Taipei 101 is one of the most prestigious malls in Asia. This opening shows how important the market is to Versace.”
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CHAMPERS CHAMPS: Continuing the West Coast trend of intimate East Side fetes, Cameron Silver and Jeff Snyder hosted a seven-course dinner at their Silverlake home Friday night to celebrate Dom Perignon’s Vintage 1999. Brigette Romanek, Shiva Rose McDermott, Tracee Ellis Ross, Becca Cason Thrash and Liane and Richard Weintraub were among those sampling the menu created by chef de cave Richard Geoffrey, which began with a dollop of caviar and ended with fat Cuban cigars. The evening doubled as a celebration for Rachel Griffiths, who received her third Emmy nomination the day before. As she puffed on her Cuban, Griffiths mused, “It’s been a long day, just keep the Champagne coming.” Silver also had reason to celebrate — on Sunday Katie Holmes donned a vintage red Galanos gown from Decades at a party to welcome David and Victoria Beckham to Los Angeles.
DIANE STEPS OUT: When it comes to shoes, Diane von Furstenberg makes no secret of the fact that she prefers the designs of her friend Christian Louboutin. Soon, though, she can add her own towering heels to her wardrobe. Von Furstenberg formed a licensing partnership with footwear manufacturer and distributor Schwartz & Benjamin to launch DVF Shoes for spring. “I wanted to create shoes for the woman on-the-go and always on her feet,” von Furstenberg said of the collection, which will range from sandals to heels.