Last Night's Parties: Kanye West Gift Wraps, Black Swan Premiers

by Mara Siegler · December 1, 2010

Christina Hendrick's tipped back Jameson, the Rockefeller Tree lit up with only one snafu, Jessica Alba Tweeted to her heart's content, Kanye West gift wrapped, Natalie Portman shared carpet space with the guys from The A-List and much, much more...

The 24th Annual FN Achievement Awards

Blake Mycoskie, Jessica AlbaWhere: MoMA

Who Was There: Christian Louboutin, Blake Lively, Brian Atwood, Ivanka Trump, Jessica Alba, Blake Mycoskie, Michael Kors, Adam Lippes, Charlotte Dellal, Olivia Palermo, Peter Kaplan

Other Details: Blake Lively showed up late, as usual, and spoke about being the muse to Christian Louboutin. Jessica Alba and Blake Mycoskie arrived together from the Bowery Hotel and Tweeted along the way. "Congrats Blake! @ for "Brand of the Year” award at !" she said followed by, "Gd times with gd friends." [Via]

WSJ Magazine Celebration Deborah Needleman's Debut Issue

Where: The Modern

Who Was There: Deborah Needleman, Anthony Cenname, Elizabeth Harlow, Claudia Kozman, Alberto Apodaca

Other Details: The occasion celebrated Debra Needleman's debut issue at WSJ magazine as well as Anthony Cenname, who was just recently named the new publisher.

After Party for Richard Branson's Launch of Project, his iPad magazine

Richard BransonWhere: The Royalton

Who Was There: Richard Branson, daughter Holly Branson, editor Anthony Noguera

Other Details: Promo girls in red dresses walked around with iPads as large screens flashed versions of the first edition with Jeff Bridges on the cover. Branson ducked out of the party early to fly to Dallas, more than likely on his own luxurious private jet. [Via]

2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentation

Drew Bees, Katie CouricWhere: The IAC Building

Who Was There: Katie Couric, Brittany Brees, Drew Brees, Billie Jean King, Joe Montana, Terry McDonnell

Other Details: New Orleans Saint Drew Brees was honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year for his championship on the field and his charity off it. Brees is the award's 57th recipient. [Via]


Opening of House of Walker

Christina Hendricks, Jake MooreWhere: 465 W Broadway

Who Was There: Christina Hendricks

Other Details: The Johnny Walker pop-up bar, the House of Walker, has finally opened to give you a place to grab a quick drink while shopping at Soho's many pop-up shops. In something out of a Don Draper fantasy, Christina Hendricks kicked things off as guests were led through tastings of Black Label to Blue Label to the cognac-like George V.  She was off limits, but guests found other ways to entertain. "If I can't talk to Christina Hendricks, I'm gonna eat every hors d'oeuvre they stick in front of me,' Tweeted . [Via]

UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Tea LeoniWhere: Cipriani 42nd St

Who Was There: Marcus Samuelsson, Ben Harper, Tea Leoni, Lauren Bush, David Lauren, Pamela Fiori, Marcus Samuelsson,  Steve Van Zandt, Bryant Gumbel, Caryl Stern, Michael Bellevue, Paula Zahn, Kyle MacLachlan

Other Details: Olivia Harrison was honored with this year's Spirit of Compassion Award.Wolfgang Puck whipped up dinner for guests as Fistful of Mercy and ELEW performed.  Lauren Bush came with her boyfriend David Lauren (of the Ralph Lauren dynasty) and wore a RL dress. [Via]

Wrap to Rap Holiday Gift Wrapping

Selita Ebanks, Kanye WestWhere: The Ainsworth

Who Was There: Kanye West, Selita Ebanks, Giants’ Defensive End Justin Tuck, Lauran Tuck, Jay Sean, Zac Posen, Nicholas Scoppetta, Tinsley Mortimer

Other Details: Kanye West wasn't scheduled to attend but said he was in the area and decided to stop by.  Call it coincidence or call it damage control after the Taylor Swift outburst during his Bowery show. He was in a cheery mood while wrapping gifts with Selita Ebanks and took photos with fans in between taping down snowflake paper. Go HERE for more details.

2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Sailor, Jessica SimpsonWhere: Rockefeller Center

Who Was There: Donald Trump, Barron Trump,  Michael Jack, Mary Jack, Amy Rosembaum, Bruce Beck, Jane Hanson, Ben Aaron, Siafa Lewis, Chuck Scarborough, Jesse Jackson, Jessica Simpson, John Brit, Jeff Zucker, Kim Gramatell, Scott Adsit, Mariah Carey

Other Details: Mariah Carey spread the X-Mas joy with her performance, Jessica Simpson snuggled up to fiance Eric Johnson as people undoubtedly whisper about a bun in the oven, and Boyz II Men lip synched! When Charice took the stage, they played a song by Boyz II Men WITH VOCALS instead of her own. "Live TV are you having fun?"

Escada and Vogue benefit The Joyful Heart Foundation

Where: The Bunker

Who Was There: Jennifer Creel, Amanda Ross, Bettina Prentice, Casey Freemont, Briana Rasinski, Jill Fairchild, Hilary Dick, Suzie Bancroft, Phillip Bloch

Other Details: The beautiful people came out last night to benefit Mariska Hartigay's Joyful Heart Foundation.

The Black Swan Premiere

Where: Ziegfield Theater

Who Was There: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Darren Aronofsky, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Ellen Barkin, Alexa Ray Joel, Chace Crawford, Derek Saathoff, Peter Facinelli

Other Details: There's Oscar buzz surrounding Natalie Portman for her role in this psychological thriller. There is also a lesbian scene between her and Mila Kunis. The pair looked elegant on the carpet and stood in stark contrast to the guys from the A-List who happened to be standing on the carpet at the same time posing for photos. There's truly no such thing as celebrity anymore.

Alexa Ray JoelBlake LivelyDonald TrumpKanye WestChace CrawfordMariah CareyJessica SimpsonJennifer CreelMichael KorsRichard BransonLauren BushDavid LaurenNatalie PortmanJessica AlbaRockefeller CenterBen HarperBrian AtwoodAmanda RossThe ModernSelita EbanksPeter KaplanPhillip BlochPaula ZahnAdam LippesBettina PrenticeEllen BarkinBillie Jean KingThe AinsworthMila KunisPeter FacinelliBryant GumbelPamela FioriChuck ScarboroughBlake MycoskieKatie CouricJeff ZuckerCaryl SternTea LeoniJesse JacksonVincent CasselJay SeanWinona RyderChristina HendricksDrew Breesjill fairchildKyle MacLachlanDarren AronofskyThe RoyaltonHilary DickCharlotte DellalThe BunkerMarcus SamuelssonBrittany BreesJoe MontanaTerry McDonnellThe IAC Building2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentationdaughter Holly Bransoneditor Anthony NogueraAfter Party for Richard Branson's Launch of ProjectWSJ Magazine Celebration Deborah Needleman's Debut IssueDeborah NeedlemanAnthony CennameElizabeth HarlowClaudia KozmanAlberto ApodacaThe 25th Annual FN Achievement AwardsOpening of House of WalkerCipriani 42nd StUNICEF Snowflake BallSteve Van ZandtMichael BellevueWrap to Rap Holiday Gift WrappingGiants’ Defensive End Justin TuckLauran TuckNicholas Scoppetta2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree LightingBarron TrumpMichael JackMary JackAmy RosembaumBruce BeckJane HansonBen AaronSiafa LewisJohn BritKim GramatellScott AdsitEscada and Vogue benefit The Joyful Heart FoundationCasey FreemontBriana RasinskiSuzie BancroftMariska Hartigay