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Dirty dancing, thumping bass and the wafting scent of marijuana aren’t exactly synonymous with the Four Seasons Grill Room — unless, that is, Zac Posen and his chic posse of friends are involved. For the designer’s post-show bash Thursday night thrown by Swarovski, truckloads of youthful hipsters, including Stella Schnabel and Barbara Bush, piled into the power lunch spot — which costs $25,000 an hour to rent — ran the bar dry of champagne and then got down on the makeshift dance floor. The dancing troika of Claire Danes, Bijou Phillips and China Chow worked up a sweat, egged on by Posen, who sent the crowd into a frenzy with his gyrations.

“Finally, the Four Seasons is the place to be,” said managing partner Julian Niccolini. “It’s a nightclub with all the best people in New York.” Then the DJ’s sound system blew a fuse.

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Just as the crowd considered making an early break for Lotus, the music came back, reenergizing the dance floor all over again. “I’ve known Zac since I was 11,” said the 19-year-old Schnabel. “I always knew he’d be a star.”

As for the damage to the Grill Room, well, Niccolini had to hire carpet cleaners to remove the cotton candy from the floors. But he’d host Posen and his pals all over again. After all, at over four hours, the event brought in quite a bundle.

“I can’t wait to do more parties like that,” he said, adding one suggestion. “I danced a little, but didn’t have the right girl for me. I like them naked.”

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