Though there wasn’t a triple-strand choker in sight, maybe it’s the return of a Bush White House that’s prompting Hollywood starlets to reach for their pearls: Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing, Selma Blair, Bai Ling and Amy Smart joined Toyohiko Mikimoto last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the first Mikimoto boutique in L.A.
“They’re glamorous and very old Hollywood,” said Smart.
That same evening, GQ toasted its second annual Hollywood Issue with the likes of Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan and Rosanna Arquette, who was moonlighting as deejay.
“I’ll go out on a work night to see actors I admire,” admitted “Traffic” star Erika Christensen as she glanced around the room. “I’m definitely going to talk to Ben Stiller after I get up the nerve,” she laughed.
On Sunday night, IMAX premiered “All Access,” its behind-the-scenes look at the music world, to rockers Macy Gray, Moby, Rob Thomas, George Clinton and B.B. King. Mary J. Blige, who loves a little gilded excess, said she’s keeping her Grammy get-up simple year.
“I’m putting on one outfit and that’s it,” Blige swore. “Not like Britney Spears’s seven changes — I can’t be bothered with all of that.”
Back in New York, Sloan and Roger Barnett hosted a group of young patrons at “La Traviata” at the Met, and Blaine Trump made her stage debut in “Caged,” a campy adaptation of the Fifties cult film about women in prison.
“It was terrifying,” Trump said about her little flutter across the stage. But her mom, Jean Beard, was in the audience to cheer her on.
Deborah Norville, who with Trump joined Lilly Tomlin, Lorna Luft, Joan Rivers and Lypsinka onstage that night at the benefit performance for God’s Love We Deliver, recently did time in a Virginia penitentiary — for the sake of the news, of course.
“When I got onstage,” Norville laughed, “I said, ‘There aren’t any pillows in prison.”‘