Tuesday marked the first day back for many New York party hoppers, and what a jam packed evening it was. And they’re off…
First stop: Kristin Gore’s book party at Mix for her novel “Sammy’s Hill.” A cross section of bold-faced names — Bobbi Brown, Muffie Potter Aston, Jamee Gregory and Hope Atherton — checked in on Tipper and Al Gore, who introduced himself as “Kristin’s dad.”
As for Kristin, she wasn’t quite sure where she’d bought the smart black suit she was wearing “I’ll have to ask my mom,” she said. “I’m 27 and I still need her to help me pick out an outfit.”
Next stop: The Pucci cocktail party at the new Fifth Avenue store with a dinner following at LVMH’s Magic Room. “I feel like a space alien,” said Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, just back from Morocco where she was “barefoot for a month.” She dove into the throng of Pucci-clad partygoers that included the usual suspects back from their summer vacations: Lillian von Stauffenberg, Aerin Lauder, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Nina Griscom.
With Holly Hunter and Claire Danes canceling at the last minute, the celebrity quotient was represented by Jason Bateman, in a Pucci tie, and his wife, Amanda Anka, daughter of Paul. Bateman was in town for the Fashion Rocks event at Radio City on Wednesday night. “I’m supposed to introduce Hoobastank. Are they any good?” he asked, before slinking out the door.
“Wait a second — isn’t that Holly Hunter,” asked Amanda Brooks. It was Debbie Bancroft.
Final Stop: a kickoff party for new designer Kai Milla (Stevie Wonder’s wife) at Nell’s on 14th Street, which officially reopens next week. There sipping on tequila and grooving to Stevie, who took the stage for an hour and a half, were Karolina Kurkova, Famke Janssen, Casey Johnson and Caroline Berthet. Milla said that though Stevie isn’t able to see her clothes, he is her biggest fan. “He loves different textures, and he gets a great feel,” she said. Stevie agreed. “I love to touch them,” he said, “and then tear them off.”