“If you don’t settle down,” warned Sharon Stone, “I’m going to have to come down there and spank someone.”
It wasn’t a read-through for the PG-13 version of “Basic Instinct.” Stone was merely jostling for control of the podium during her stint as auctioneer at last week’s Michael Kors fashion show and auction presented by Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit the San Francisco Ballet.
When Kors introduced her as “actress and new mom,” Stone got all teary eyed.
“That’s the first time I’ve been introduced as Mom,” she confided to the dinner crowd, which included Denise Hale — wearing the Dolce & Gabbana diamante choker that Vanessa Getty gave her for her birthday — O.J. Shansby and Lauren Buccellati, whom Kors called his “oldest best friend.”
Meanwhile in London, a crowd of socials turned up for a private lunch before the Stella Artois tennis tournament hosted by Frank Lowe and his wife, Dawn.
“Can we shout?” the newly damed Vivien Duffield asked as the games were about to begin.
“Vivien, I don’t think anyone would dare stop you,” Lowe hurled back.
The main talk at lunch — which drew such guests as Dennis and Victoria Hopper, Viscount and Viscountess Linley, Lord Tim and Virginia Bell, Martin and Ann Summers and Charles and Pandora Delevingne — was England’s soccer win over Germany and the unusually oppressive heat.
But the weather didn’t stop guests from rushing off to watch Pete Sampras lose.
“Bye bye, Dennis,” Lowe called to Hopper. “Enjoy the tennis. Oooh, that’s good, isn’t it? Dennis, enjoy the tennis.”