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The lush Los Feliz garden of art patron Patric Reeves (mother of Keanu) came to life on Thursday night when a fleet of homespun forest nymphs fluttered through as part of a performance organized by New York designer Elisa Jimenez.

In honor of “Fancy Midsummer Ecstasy,” the designer’s friends and their daughters pranced under the weeping willow trees in time to opera sung by Sasha Lazard, stopping occasionally to offer fruit to the other guests. Of course, they all wore Jimenez’s signature deconstructed looks, each dipped in tea, wine, honey or cinnamon water to achieve their muted hues.

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“This was her first time modeling, and probably her last,” laughed Shiva Rose McDermott, who watched daughter Coco twirl around the yard in gold lamé.

Jimenez, coated in fairy dust and wearing a horn affixed to her forehead, disagreed. “All the girls had their hair and makeup done, like, 12 times. They’re supermodels in the making,” she pronounced.

But Marisa Tomei, dressed in her own clothes, summed up the spirit of the party best: “It’s the perfect celebration of midsummer,” she said, “and frankly, if you were wearing a horn, you’d be leaping too.”

But the evening was far from over. At Agnes b., Liz Goldwyn and Matt Damhave joined East Village wunderkind photographer Ryan McGinley, who hung his first Los Angeles show in the store and marveled at the city’s unique attractions. “I’ve been here one day, and I’ve already seen Hugh Hefner with, like, 15 bunnies at the Downtown Standard,” McGinley said.

Later yet, though there weren’t any bunnies among them, plenty of PYTs bounded about at the last Express party in a trio that included bashes in New York and in Miami, where Leonardo Di Caprio and Tobey Maguire caused a stir. “This party’s actually a lot quieter than the one in Miami,” Jennifer Esposito yelled over the din. “There were too many screaming teenagers there who wanted to see Spider-Man.”

Instead, model Karolina Kurkova provided the entertainment, doing what she does best: wear jeans. “I’m getting very used to pointing to my backside,” she said. “I’ve learned all about working the jeans, baby.”

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