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“To say I’m excited is an understatement,” declared Sarah Jessica Parker at the 10th annual Watermill Benefit hosted by Robert Wilson and Louis Vuitton in the Hamptons on Saturday. The tiny actress wasn’t referring to the event at hand but to Mikhail Baryshnikov, with whom she’s currently filming episodes of “Sex and the City.” Despite being pounced on by the paparazzi when she arrived with friend Andy Cohen, Parker managed to examine each of the 60-plus works of art featured in the silent auction by artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Andres Serrano and Dieter Roth.

A tanned Donna Karan, just back from Corsica and Sardinia, arrived with daughter Gabby in tow. “I came back for this party and to make sure my granddaughter isn’t growing too fast,” said Karan, who’s headed to the Maldives and Sri Lanka next.

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Also fresh from vacation was Diane Von Furstenberg, who milled quietly about the party, recovering from her jaunt to Peru. “About 15 of us went and climbed Machu Picchu,” explained Anh Duong. “Diane is such a nature person, but people really don’t know that about her.”

Calvin Klein, who also made the Peru trek, raved about the Andes as he made the rounds with pal Ross Bleckner. Meanwhile, Kimora Lee Simmons served as an entertaining auctioneer opposite the masterful Simon de Pury. Simmons said she’s been spending her summer working on her clothing line. “I don’t get a vacation,” she said. “This is it.”

On Thursday, those fashion folk stranded in the city packed into the Escada boutique to toast the Mark Morris Dance Group’s participation in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. As dancers made their way down a spiral staircase at the rear of the store before entertaining the crowd with a performance, partygoers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Tama Janowitz, Tina Louise and Amanda Hearst, had to blush. “I hope everyone has clean panties on!” quipped Mark Morris.

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