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“It has its Versailles-like proclivities,” said André Balazs of his Chateau Marmont, dolled up to look like the French palace on Tuesday night at the Chanel-sponsored after party for a special screening of “Marie Antoinette.” “She could definitely hang out here.”

Cinema queen Kirsten Dunst and Hollywood princes and princesses certainly felt at home on the tapestry-covered lawn littered with tufted ottomans and settees. “Gorgeous, just gorgeous,” declared Courtney Love, though it was unclear whether she was referring to the tableau — peopled with the likes of Sofia Coppola, Elle Macpherson, Penélope Cruz, Mischa Barton and Maria Bello — or the film.

Elsewhere in the milieu, co-star Steve Coogan waxed poetic on period films with fellow Brit Geoffrey Rush. “The two of us are just blowing smoke up each other’s arses, actually,” he said drily.

Meanwhile, in the parlor, cleared of its furniture to make room for a checkered dance floor and bar, Orlando Bloom asked, “It’s rather like a high school dance, don’t you think?” as Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio Moretti swayed and smooched in a corner.

The party went strong until the wee hours, when some of the guests finally left for the club Guy’s. “Just for an hour,” Cruz promised her friends as they hustled out.

It was a busy day for the Chanel folk. Hours earlier in New York, the company and Lauren Davis, Marielle Safra and Barbara Wilhelm hosted a ladies’ lunch in Grand Central Terminal for a private viewing of the house’s cruise collection, which drew the likes of Margherita Missoni, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Shoshanna Gruss, Amanda Brooks and Anne Grauso. Of course, the room was sprinkled with ladies in their vintage, borrowed or very own Chanel, which intrigued designer Rachel Roy. “I love seeing all this Chanel worn in so many different ways,” she said.

This story first appeared in the September 28, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Davis was among those who displayed the signature bouclé in the most modern of ways, donning a teeny-weeny cream mini and matching coat. “This is all available at Bergdorf Goodman,” she cracked. “Including the hair and makeup.”

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