Smack in the middle of a busy week, Albert Kriemler welcomed Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Blaine Trump to the new Akris boutique on Madison Avenue for a party in support of the American Ballet Theatre. Jackie Astier and Alex Kramer dropped by, then hit the Four Seasons for the launch of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure program to benefit The Women’s Cancer Research Fund, hosted by Christina Johnson and Glenda Bailey.
Wearing a black ensemble pulled directly from Oscar de la Renta’s runway, Demi Moore tucked into a banquette with Toby Maguire, Maguire’s girlfriend, Jen Meyer, and Shoshanna Gruss.
But Moore arrived without Ashton Kutcher, who missed his flight to New York, and left the Four Seasons minus a belt from her Costume National jacket.
“Should we return it or should we sell it on eBay?” Astier mused, before bolting after the star. She came back with the strap still in hand. “She went out the back door,” Astier announced. “Ah well, a new accessory.”
Carolina Herrera Jr. looked right at home in the midst of the Hollywood royals, having recently finished her film “Maletilla,” a documentary about Spanish matadors-to-be.
Later in the evening, the crowd was off to Butter where Janice Dickinson monkeyed around with Nicky and Paris Hilton as if she’d had too many energy drinks; but, in fact, Dickinson was “stone-cold sober” even though “Pablo Escobar still sends me thank-you notes for all the blow I did in the Seventies,” she said. They were all on hand to celebrate Carmen Kass’ 25th birthday given by Narciso Rodriguez, but nobody brought gifts. What did Kass want for her birthday, anyway? “Just love,” Kass said.
Earlier in the week, Chris Weitz, David Copperfield, Bianca Jagger and Ghislane Maxwell gathered at Roy Liebenthal’s new restaurant, Pop Burger, for a dinner in honor of Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa. After a few quick bites, Helen Schifter and Anne Grauso headed up to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square for Gap’s party to herald a new issue of Visionaire.
It was a creepy but wholly original scene: guests including Shalom Harlow, Rufus Wainwright, Mario Testino, Hope Atherton and Liya Kebede tried to order drinks from a wax Donald Trump, took hors d’oeuvres from a fake Liz Smith and even danced with the likes — or likenesses of — an A-list crowd that doesn’t often make it to this sort of party: Bette Midler, Jennifer Lopez, a not-to-scale Salma Hayek and Brad Pitt.
“I’d like you to meet my friend, Tony Bennett,” Grauso said to Schifter, wrapping her arms around a wax statue of the man who left his heart in San Francisco. They both let out a hearty, late-night giggle.