NEW YORK — With friends like Sienna Miller, Emily Mortimer and Victoria Beckham in town for the “Anglomania” festivities at the Met, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey and chef Jamie Oliver seized the opportunity to introduce the tradition of the English Sunday lunch to New York. The duo took over the Hudson Hotel’s Private Park, where the “Naked Chef” dished up a feast of roast beef filet, cooked brisket with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes and vegetables for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, David Duchovny, Matthew Williamson, Mario Testino, Stella Tennant and Rupert Everett. Jessica Alba donned a sweet shirtdress and brought along boyfriend Cash Warren. “I’m always going on Style.com and drooling over everything Burberry,” said the burgeoning fashion fan, Alba. A fresh-faced Miller flitted about, double-cheek kissing and charming nearly all who walked through the door. “Look, I’m a disco,” she said, laughing at the sun dancing off her sequined Burberry jacket. While designers Roland Mouret, Sophia Kokosalaki and Jonathan Saunders smoked fags in the corner, Everett held a captive audience with a lively tale that centered, oddly enough, around Barbie dolls.
Mortimer — her hands full with her date, two-year-old son Sam — was clearly happy with the little Britannia her hosts had created. “It’s what I know. It’s home,” she said. Rose Marie Bravo, meanwhile, who’s moving back Stateside after nine years of living across the pond, waxed nostalgic about her adopted country. “[It was] a special time for me. I’ll miss most the food and the weather — really,” the Burberry chief said.
The night before, fashionable and artistic folk descended upon Jacqueline Schnabel‘s Greenwich Village town house for a dinner honoring Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni. The designer arrived with her husband, Gianni, and 25-year-old daughter, Carolina, to a shower of double kisses and praise from Italian friends. But Castiglioni lit up most at the mention of guest Zooey Deschanel, who planned to attend the Met gala on Monday in Marni. “I’m a gigantic fan,” Deschanel gushed wide-eyed before running off to fix her hair for photos.
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Meanwhile, guests including Malcolm McLaren, Shalom Harlow and Jefferson Hack sipped acai margaritas as they wandered the eclectic home. Thelma Golden was schooling Marcus Samuelson on Julian Schnabel‘s famous broken plate pieces; Testino engaged Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in conversation in French on the patio, and down below in the backyard, Deschanel was already digging into the Moroccan buffet of beef with tomato chutney, lobster salad and couscous.
As the night wore on (and the music got louder), Linda Evangelista made a quick appearance and Helena Christensen canoodled with her beau on the couch. Amanda Brooks and Liz Goldwyn were deep in conversation in the back room near the kitchen, while Gina Gershon had cornered Gabriel Byrne by the bar. But Margherita Missoni was calling it a night. Sleepy, she ducked out early at about 11:30, dragging her older sister, Teresa, with her without a fight. “After all, I’m only 17,” the younger Missoni laughed.