No expense was spared Thursday night when Qatar Airways threw a bash to promote its new nonstop route from New York City.
The crowd including Peter Saarsgard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny, Christine and Steve Schwarzman and dozens of jet-setting socials were treated to vats of caviar, cases of Dom Perignon, a lively 45-minute performance by Diana Ross (complete with costume change) and freebie iPod nanos emblazoned with the airlines logo.
Manwhile, the white Chelsea gallery space at Sikkema Jenkins & Co was transformed into a Middle Eastern bazaar for the inaugural Afghan Hands benefit—only this one was hawking such wares as red carpet dresses worn by Jessica Biel and Claire Danes. The charity, which provides employment for Afghani women in workshops where they create intricately embroidered shawls, was founded by Neutrogena makeup artist Matin.
Danes, his client, was busy picking out scarves to buy alongside boyfriend Hugh Dancy. “They’re great accent pieces,” said the “Evening” star, though the inclement weather had some guests using their shawls more as raincoat than accessory.