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“I’ve turned into quite the bookish type,” said Sophie Dahl at the launch party for her new book, “The Man with the Dancing Eyes” Friday night at the SubMercer. Dahl, looking anything but the nerdy scholar, was feted earlier in the evening with a dinner at 66, then jetted back to London on Sunday for another round of parties and book-signing gigs. But she caught up with the Fashion Week crowd at her bash including the Strokes, Bay Garnett, Daniel Baker Jr., Natalia Vodianova, Ben Elliot, Joaquin Phoenix and Erin O’Connor. Moby, meanwhile, took the evening to new heights, wowing hipsters as he scaled the club’s stripper pole and planted his feet on the ceiling.

The previous day, it was professional male dancers — the Princes and Cavaliers of the New York City Ballet, to be exact — who cavorted midair during an on-stage rehearsal at the company’s annual luncheon. Though he didn’t perform, Chanel’s Arie Kopelman insisted that he, too, knows his grands pliés from his pirouettes.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“I’m somewhere between the old guy giving the lesson and the kids doing it,” he joked. “I don’t get any credit for that, but I’m good.”

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Jacqui Lividini, however, was content to watch the guys in tights do their tricks.

“I haven’t seen a body like that in years,” she swooned.

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