NEW YORK — To celebrate Tim Schifter’s Le Sportsac venture with Gwen Stefani, Schifter’s wife, Helen, brought out all of her friends Monday night with Sportsac bags in tow. “My husband humbly refers to himself as the handbag salesman,” she said, mingling with Gigi Mortimer, Celerie Kemble, Nina Griscom, Shoshanna Lonstein, CeCe Cord and Fernanda Niven. “And Gwen is his mistress de bagage.”
The bags have only just hit in New York — the window display of Colette in Paris is chock-full of them, too — but Stefani’s already a little chagrined by the explosion. “I’ve seen them around everywhere,” she said. “When I’m walking down the street and I notice that I have a bag and someone else has a bag, I hide my head.”
Schifter showed her enthusiasm by carrying two L.A.M.B. bags, one in the shape of a heart that she had embellished with a bright green ribbon and a larger, more versatile pochette. Chatting with Lauren duPont, Alex Kramer flaunted the same heart bag, but she wore hers plain. “Helen sent it to me,” she said. “But hers is so much cooler.”
Tama Janowitz was still reeling from the positive review Fay Weldon gave her new novel, “Peyton Amberg,” in the London Guardian the day before. “Tomorrow, it’ll be back to being depressed,” she said.
Around the corner at Lever House, the Schifters threw Stefani a dinner that included guests Andre Balazs, Jay McInerney, Amy and Chris Astley, Anna Sui, and Stefani’s agent David Schiff and his daughter Kaylie, a junior at NYU.
Over a somewhat synergistic main course of lamb chops, Stefani found conversation with Gilles Bensimon a little rocky. “I can only understand about half of what he’s saying,” she joked, before reprimanding him for his reckless motorcycling.
In an attempt to avoid flashbulbs and paparazzi at the Four Seasons, Harvey Weinstein stopped at the table for what he called a “drive-by,” to say hello to Stefani. She just returned from Montreal and filming for Martin Scorsese’s new Howard Hughes biopic, “The Aviator,” which Weinstein is producing.
“Before I did the movie, I had no idea who Harvey Weinstein was. I met him on the set,” Stefani said.
Conversation, inevitably, turned to back to school preparations, which made Stefani somewhat wistful. “I really want to have kids,” she mused. “But Gavin [Rossdale] and I are just enjoying our first year of marriage right now. Tonight, though, I feel like a queen.”