MORE MET: The bold-faced names expected to attend Monday’s Costume Institute gala at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House keep rolling in. The latest addition is Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony, who will be joining Bruno Frisoni at Roger Vivier’s table. Coincidentally, much of the Vivier line is inspired by Poiret, including the Rosine clutch, named after Poiret’s famed fragrance.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson is serving as the evening’s entertainment. She is expected to wear a Michael Kors creation, and will be introduced on stage by two of the party’s co-chairs, Cate Blanchett and Balenciaga’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière. Her choice of songs could not be learned. While fashion houses are typically loath to confirm any of their celebrity guests until the moment they step out on the red carpet in one of their creations, other celebrities said to be ascending the Met’s grand staircase on Monday night include Jennifer Garner, Mischa Barton, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler and Emily Blunt.
LOVE FEST: Anyone nostalgic for the good ol’ hippie days can look forward to the fifth annual Whitney Art Party on June 6, which this year will take its thematic lead from the museum’s upcoming show, “Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era.” Max and Lubov Azria, Kate Bosworth, Ed and Christy Turlington Burns, Meredith Melling Burke and Roopal Patel will cochair, while the event’s host committee boasts the likes of Michelle Williams, Chloë Sevigny, Rose McGowan, Liv Tyler, Camilla Belle, Joy Bryant, Rihanna, Maria Sharapova and Eve. Held at Skylight Studios in Manhattan, the party will include a Sotheby’s silent auction of works by artists such as Ryan McGinness, Marilyn Minter and Dennis Hopper. Whether any of the fashionistas will put aside their skinny jeans for the night in favor of bell bottoms remains to be seen.
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TEAM TORI: Piano songstress Tori Amos performed an intimate set Tuesday night at the “American Idol”-meets-karaoke bar Spotlight Live in Times Square to kick off the release of her latest album, “American Doll Posse.” Music industry folk and fans were treated to a 30-minute sampling of the multipersona album (American Doll Posse members are Tori, Pip, Isabel, Santa and Clyde — all of whom are different figments of Amos’ imagination). Each comes with her own personality and style, from glamour girl to rocker chick. And each has her own namesake cocktail (Tori’s is a Champagne cocktail with passion fruit). The show was broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio, but performed by Tori only: “The girls are off practicing the piano, I had to crack the whip,” she joked.
OPERA ASCENDANT: Models Jessica Stam and May Anderson are not your typical operagoers, but the two showed up for the world premiere of “Orfeo ed Euridice” at the Metropolitan Opera Wednesday night. That should please general manager Peter Gelb, who’s pushing to get younger crowds into the opera — and this contemporary version of “Orfeo” ought to help his cause. Afterward, director Mark Morris was blasé about his Met debut. “It’s not like it’s the end of my life,” said the bad-boy choreographer, who had just seen his third incarnation of Gluck’s opera. “I did it for Jimmy Levine,” he said, referring to the legendary conductor. Designer Isaac Mizrahi, who did the costumes, showed more emotion. “I was so nervous!” he said. Meanwhile, well-wishers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, crowded into the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier to congratulate Morris and his team.