It was an eclectic crowd — artists, socialites, fashion photographers — at the Manhattan apartment of James and Alexandra Brown the other night. But then they were at a dinner for the artist Jack Pearson, a sociable enough fellow who’s been dabbling in fashion photography lately. The dinner followed his opening at the Luhring-Augustine gallery, where a crowd had gathered for a look at the artist’s bright blue abstract paintings and contour drawings — very unlike the provocative nude photographs for which he became known, some of which were taken in Robert Miller’s grand Miami apartment, which Pearson designed. The Brown apartment was on the lavish side as well.

“It’s made for parties, isn’t it?” said James Brown, looking around to make sure there were no last-minute candelabra to see to. He hadn’t made it to the opening, but he thought Pearson could do no wrong. “I fell in love with Jack the moment I met him, and I never stopped.” Anne Bass and Julien Lethbridge hadn’t made it to the opening either, and they arrived at dinner just as the food ran out. “That’s what you get for being so popular,” Bass chided Brown. She and Lethbridge retired upstairs for a quiet chat before rejoining the party. John Waters, in town for last night’s opening of his film “Serial Mom,” said he’s known Pearson a long time too. He showed up dressed in Rei Kawakubo’s latest. “I modeled for her once in Paris — did you know that? Of course, it was flood pants and some hat — the total lunatic outfit. But I always love her clothes,” said the director, who left later with friends for a nightcap at the Markham.

Meanwhile, up at Club USA, Dennis Hopper was ringing in his new film, “Red Rock West,” which, according to Hopper, is “a film noir with a happy ending.” On hand were Peter Fonda, Leonardo DiCaprio and Griffin Dunne, among others. Hopper and Dunne had to get up early to be on location for David Salle’s “Search and Destroy,” shooting in Manhattan this week. As a prelude to fashion week, packs of models headed down to SoHo Sunday night for a birthday party for director Brett Ratner hosted by Russell Simmons. The whole thing was rather low key — or so it seemed — until the police showed up because of a noise complaint. The party ended about 12:30 a.m. — just about the time it was really getting started.

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