Domenico Dolce’s 50th birthday party in Milan Thursday night was never intended to be a subdued affair, hence the procession of horse-drawn carriages.
After a dinner at Dolce & Gabbana’s restaurant, Gold, attended by the celebrity lineup from the runway show earlier, Stefano Gabbana rolled up to the party at the Principe Hotel in a white, four-horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer. Dita Von Teese followed in a blue carriage, then Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez — decked out in a one-off $40,000-plus Dolce & Gabbana dress complete with headpiece, pinched straight off the runway — in a black coach. Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camilla Alves brought up the rear in a black Rolls-Royce. Inside, guests were treated to a surprise performance by Diana Ross.
Meanwhile, New Yorkers were at the movies. Cinema Society and Lancôme sponsored a screening of “Rachel Getting Married,” starring Anne Hathaway. The poster couple for not getting married — Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins — joined screenwriter Jenny Lumet with her dad, Sidney Lumet, Daria Werbowy and Sigourney Weaver at the Landmark Theater, where Hathaway, in spite of her ex-beau Raffaello Follieri’s fraud scandal, handled reporters and photographers with ease. But maybe that’s because she’s figured out how to deal privately with tension. “I throw beauty products against the wall [when I’m mad],” said Hathaway, whose anger on-screen results in a fist fight with co-star Debra Winger. “One time I grabbed whatever I could find. It turned out to be cellulite cream. I thought there was poetic justice in that.”
The same night, J.Mendel and Julie Macklowe hosted a cocktail party at Bergdorf Goodman, benefitting New Yorkers for Children.
On Wednesday, Renée Zellweger walked the red carpet as an executive producer, not an actress. Her latest project, Lifetime’s breast-cancer drama “Living Proof,” was screened at the Paris Theatre with star Harry Connick Jr., Trudie Styler and daughter Mickey Sumner and Bernadette Peters. Afterward Peters and Connick performed at The Plaza. “I’m in love with Trudie,” Connick told the crowd, making eye contact with Styler. “It’s an even trade for my wife because she wants your husband. Kids, we’re going to move to England and live in the castle.”
Meanwhile, Liza Lou exhibited her sculpture, “Maximum Security Fence,” across town at Lever House. Afterward, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Samantha and Aby Rosen, Dominique Lèvy (who is also showing Lou’s work at her L&M Arts gallery uptown), Alberto Mugrabi, Jake Paltrow and Charlotte Sarkozy dined on oysters at the Lever House restaurant. Of course, partygoers couldn’t help but wonder what the current economic crisis meant for the art market, which has been raking in record prices.
“I’m a fatalist. I’m not nuts about money or capitalism,” said Tony Shafrazi. “But I think we’ll survive this.”