PRE-DANCE RITUAL: For those not attending the dinner portion of Monday night’s festivities, the big question was: What to do before the dance? As many know, the Met’s doors open to the junior set the second the heavy-hitters have cleared their plates. But a girl’s got to have more to do than her makeup before the clock strikes 10. So while Anna Wintour, Donald Trump and Jennifer Lopez were dining, Coralie Charriol Paul gathered her friends for the first official “One & Only Pre (Met Costume Institute) Party” at the home of sculptor Pascale Gallais. The likes of Lauren Davis, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Emilia Fanjul, Margaret Betts and Fiona and Olympia Scarry showed for champagne and caviar. Andrea Casiraghi and girlfriend Tatiana Santo Domingo, in from Monaco, greeted friends, while in the corner, Charles Rockefeller played red-carpet reporter with Claire Bernard and Christina Floyd. “Who made your dresses?” he teased them. But, unlike at other good parties, guests were fast out the door — everyone was in a rush to make it to the dance on time.

ALL DOLLED UP: Trust Miuccia Prada to coddle those ladies who can’t tame their girly sides. Her latest perk for Miu Miu, in fact, is a capsule collection inspired by the fashion-forward romanticism of Japanese dolls. The six styles — a dress, a coat dress, two tops, a tulip skirt and a pair of pants — are crafted exclusively from white linen, hot pressed to exalt its crinkled aspect. But make no mistake: These aren’t your basic summer linens. Each piece has an ironic twist of haphazardly applied ruches, irregular pleats and quirky smock embroidery. Starting in mid-May, the collection will be available in the brand’s flagships in Europe and Japan.

This story first appeared in the May 3, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.