“Really, isn’t there someone wearing a kimono?” Princess Olga of Greece asked excitedly, scanning the guests crowded into Karl Lagerfeld’s sitting room for an evening in Paris to celebrate Mikimoto’s Princess Grace Collection of pearl jewelry.
Christian Louboutin sought Olga’s opinion instead on the Egyptian touch he added to his tuxedo: a cross-shaped neckpiece of tight coils in lieu of a tie.
“What do you think?” he asked, studying his reflection in the tall mirrors.
Princess Caroline of Hanover, her children Charlotte and Andrea in tow, swept into the salons of the Hotel Pozzo di Borgo just in time to kick off the evening: dinner and a fashion show of Lagerfeld dresses and jaw-dropping pearls inspired by Caroline’s mother — including a clasp modeled after the famous Princesse de Monaco Rose.
Back in New York, it was Tibet, not Japan, that enticed a crowd to Christie’s for an auction benefiting Tibet House.
“I love that swan,” oozed Donna Karan seconds before scrawling down a bid for a sepia-toned Jayne Bidaut photograph. From a Fender bass guitar signed by Sting to photographs by Arthur Elgort, there was something for everyone.
“It wasn’t difficult to get people to contribute,” explained co-host Christy Turlington. “I’m hoping to sell some things and buy some things.”
A very pregnant Uma Thurman, with henna-painted palms, moved through the crowd sucking on ice cubes. Trudie Styler, accompanied by Robert Downey Jr., greeted her heartily.
“I love this Dalai Lama painting,” confessed Styler. “I probably won’t get it, though, because I’m running out to catch my husband’s concert.”
Downtown, Ross Bleckner hosted a fund-raiser in his all-white studio for CRIA, a charity that studies new treatments for HIV. The crowd — including Joy Henderiks, Eliza Reed Bolen, Bob Colacello and Nan Kempner — dined beneath inverted evergreens, a touch to which Antony Todd gave his approval.
“I love anything upside down,” he laughed.