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When jeweler Piaget unveiled its new Paris-New York Limelight collection, the brand invited actresses Liv Tyler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Leighton Meester and Mena Suvari to pose for photos with company executives at a Vogue-cohosted cocktail party at 620 Fifth Avenue. Once that was achieved, the starlets joined the rest of the crowd on the spacious grassy terrace.

“Do you think I can get past security and just sneak up here on my own sometime?” asked an awed Zoe Kravitz. “I’ll bring a tent and camp out.”

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Becki Newton, on the other hand, was happy to be surrounded by New York’s hustle and bustle. “I bought my dress right over there,” the “Ugly Betty” actress said, pointing down Fifth Avenue to the Gucci flagship. “Everyone here has been saying, ‘I can’t believe you actually own the dress you’re wearing.’ But why wouldn’t I want to?” That said, like a lot of women, Newton preferred to keep her husband, Chris Diamantopoulos, in the dark about the details. “I called him and said, ‘I bought boots…and a dress,’ but I’m pretty sure he didn’t hear that last part.”

Meanwhile, much less materialistic values were being celebrated uptown at the Public Theater’s opening of “Hair” at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Although a good portion of the crowd, which included Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianna Margulies, was too young to remember the Summer of Love, some guests of a certain age waxed nostalgic.

“Oh yeah, I was a hippie, long hair, on the Lower East Side,” said Geraldo Rivera, in jeans and a tucked-in white dress shirt.

“He would even walk around barefoot,” added his wife, Erica Levy, who wasn’t born until the mid-Seventies.

Phylicia Rashad, however, couldn’t relate to the flower children. “I was never into free love,” said the actress. “I couldn’t understand it.”

Undoubtedly, she was able to get a better grip on the counterculture movement during the outdoor performance. And while the cast, including star Jonathan Groff, delivered an inspired revival, it was really Mother Nature who stole the show. During the finale of “Let the Sunshine In,” the sky opened up with a storm that soaked actors and audience alike, though no one seemed to care. Instead, about 100 people took to the stage and danced in the rain.

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