Mary J. Blige and Catherine Malandrino were two birds of a feather Wednesday night at a private dinner at Avenue. The pair drank, laughed and whooped it up in a banquette with friends and Blige’s husband, Kendu Isaacs. Earlier in the evening, at Bloomingdale’s, the duo had to resort to signing blank T-shirts after selling out of 700 T-shirts they designed to benefit Blige’s charity, FFAWN.

After blowing out the candle on a celebratory cake at Avenue, Blige said, “I don’t really get into the fashion world that in depth because I know it’s such a ‘Shallow Hal’ world we live in. But Catherine knows what Mary J. Blige is all about, and she supports me as a friend, as a musician and as a person, and I thank her for that.”

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Malandrino later basked in more unexpected warm wishes from Bar Refaeli, who turned up with her beau, Leonardo DiCaprio, for the “Shutter Island” premiere party. Another blonde-haired paparazzi target, Michelle Williams, was also in the house.

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