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Blustering rain couldn’t stop Fendi fans — and those who love dermatologist extraordinaire Patricia Wexler — from making it to the Fifth Avenue boutique Tuesday night for a party to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Lil’ Kim, Holly Hunter, Vera Wang, Hilary Dick, Jill Roosevelt, Jennifer Creel and Helen Schifter braved the storm and hit the racks. Nan Kempner swept in wearing a sleek broadtail to match Carla Fendi’s own and became so excited by a shelf full of handbags that she wiped out on the wet floor, suffering cuts on both shins, which Wexler promptly tended.

“Never a night off,” the doctor said, laughing with relief once she was sure Kempner was all right. Kempner — a truly hard-core fashionista — wanted to stay for the fashion show, but everyone insisted she head home.

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Meanwhile, Brad Pitt may have been a no-show at the Monday night screening of “Adaptation,” Spike Jonze’s new film based on Susan Orlean’s book “The Orchid Thief,” but the crowd mingling at the ensuing dinner, was full of Hollywood insiders — not unlike Jonze’s film.

Nibbling on sushi at the Sony Club were Jonze and his wife, Sofia Coppola, who’s currently in New York editing her new film “Lost in Translation,” Nicolas Cage, Gabriel Byrne, Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal, Sam Rockwell and Zöe Cassavetes.

Author Orlean — whom screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”) wrote into the film along with himself, talked about what it was like to not only be depicted on film, but to be played by Meryl Streep.

“It dawned on me the other day that this is for the long haul,” she said, adding that she’s working on a new book about Keiko, the killer whale. “When Hollywood takes an interest in something you’ve written, you just don’t believe it’s ever going to happen.”

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