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The bash Vanity Fair cohosted with Dior on Monday night for the magazine’s Hollywood Issue provided an opportunity for revelry that’s been largely missing from the writers’ strike-clouded run-up to the Academy Awards.

While not nearly as opulent as the magazine’s legendary post-Oscar bash, which was scrapped due to the strike, the dinner — planned just six weeks in advance — was an elegant, low-key affair held at BondSt restaurant in the recently opened Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills. And the mood was festive, with America Ferrera, Ginnifer Goodwin and Zoe Saldana (three of the Dior-dressed starlets on the inside of the issue’s foldout cover) mingling and chatting with other guests. Unfortunately those guests didn’t include the most prominent quartet of cover girls — Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway.

This story first appeared in the February 21, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“I may be thin, but I have a big booty,” said Saldana. “Dior is made to fit every woman’s shape, and the dresses fit beautifully. True fashion is not just about expensive clothes and names, it has to be more than that, a reflection of culture.”

Speaking of culture, “It’s always a little awkward when someone says, ‘Let’s toast the Bush tragedy,'” said Jacob Weisberg the next night at a party Arianna Huffington threw for him in her Los Angeles home. But since that’s the title of his new book, and since he’s a pretty connected guy, that was the thing being feted.

Needless to say, lots of people were discussing the election.

That morning, New York Times columnist David Brooks had written about “Obama Fatigue,” a disorder supposedly shared by many of the Illinois senator’s supporters, who may not be sure just what their candidate actually stands for. “I’m a little worried about that,” admitted Slate’s Mickey Kaus of Obama. “And I’m worried about the wife.”

But Weisberg, who has interviewed the presidential hopeful, said he is experiencing nothing of the sort. “I feel the opposite way. When he speaks it’s like whale mating calls.”

Adrian Grenier wasn’t about to give Obama an official endorsement, but he definitely seemed to be leaning his way. Asked what he was wearing, the young actor laughed and said, “Obama shorts and Obama underwear.”

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