“Come on, Lindsay, I know you want it!” trilled Barneys New York creative director-cum-auctioneer Simon Doonan of a glittering Martin Katz necklace. La Lohan, in Los Angeles and hitting every party possible, turned up at the Barneys-hosted Nina Ricci fashion show and dinner Wednesday night to benefit the Rape Treatment Center. “You need to start getting me bigger paychecks,” the actress deadpanned to her agent, Tracy Brennan, on whose lap she was perched.
Event co-hosts Kate Beckinsale, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angie Harmon, Elisha Cuthbert, Sanaa Lathan and Gabrielle Union mingled over champagne and tuna tartare. “I got the best dress,” said Cuthbert of her flowy cream Empire gown, “although it is a little weird to see it on that mannequin over there.” Beckinsale, who spent most of the night entwined with husband Len Wiseman, gave the collection a thumbs-up. “I was able to eat my entire dinner and still fit comfortably in my dress,” she said. “I think there’s a lot to be said for that.”
That same night in New York, Oscar de la Renta celebrated his 35 years at Bergdorf Goodman with a riotous Cha-Cha party, complete with a performance by Pierre Dulaine‘s dance students from P.S. 98. The designer himself twirled the little ones about while wife Annette looked on from the sidelines. “Isn’t she a fantastic dancer?” said de la Renta, singling out one particularly talented young performer. The bevy of junior socialites in attendance, such as Tinsley Mortimer, Fabiola Beracasa and Claire Bernard, joined right in. Eliza and Alex Bolen, meanwhile, skipped out at the tail end because they were jetting off to Miami for yet another Plum Sykes book signing at the de la Renta boutique in Bal Harbour, Fla.
The following day, things were more sobering as some of New York and Los Angeles’ female power players gathered for a Natural Resources Defense Council luncheon at Manhattan’s Monkey Bar. Cohosted by Elizabeth Wiatt, Jessica Seinfeld, Anna Carter Smith and Marjorie Raein, the environmentally minded affair drew the likes of Naomi Watts, Sunshine Ruffalo, Kathy Freston, Wendy Murdoch and Tory Burch. “We’re changing the image of environmentalists, among other things,” said Wiatt, noting the “green” association is usually reserved for tree-hugging Birkenstock wearers. “A lot of us here wear extremely uncomfortable shoes.”
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That night, The Cinema Society, Damon Dash and Tina Brown hosted the New York premiere of “The Proposition,” which drew guests such as cast members Guy Pearce and Danny Huston, Piper Perabo, Rachel Roy, Helena Christensen, Brendan Fraser, Rufus Albemarle, Alexis Bledel and a slew of models. The film’s gore and insect fest was not to everyone’s liking, though. “It’s too soon to tell,” said a diplomatic Gabriel Byrne of the movie. “It’s a violent fable and myth.”