A ton of A-listers celebrated La Dolce Vita; Arianna Huffington went to the Gordon Parks Awards; Ed Burns celebrated love and diamonds; Hugh Jackman tasted the new dishes at Spice Market; Maggie Gyllenhaal performed in a play; Paris Hilton attempted to regain relevance; Cookie Monster and Elmo dined at Cipriani and more! Last night's parties are glad that post-Memorial Day lull is over and things are back to buzzing in Manhattan!
GUCCI & THE CINEMA SOCIETY with THE FILM FOUNDATION host the after party for "LA DOLCE VITA"
Who Was There: Martin Scorsese, Vera Farmiga, Emily Mortimer, Sir Ben Kingsley, Adrien Brody, Patricia Clarkson, Josh Hartnett, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, Helena Christensen, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Haggis, Gina Gershon, Leelee Sobieski, Jena Malone, Russell Simmons, Michael Pitt, Kelly Rutherford, Nora Zehetner, Samantha Mathis, Karen Elson, Stavros Niarchos, Celine Rattray, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Irina Pantaeva, Magge Betts, Jamie Tisch, Andrew Saffir
Other Details: After a screening of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, brought to guests by the one and only Martin Scorsese, the A-list crowd heads over to the Top of the Standard. Karen Elson, Leelee Sobieski and a headband adorned Arden Wohl sat at a banquette chatting, Josh Harnett drew gasps and googly eyes from ladies and certain gents, and Adrien Brody gave his attention to a skinny blond. While I can't find any pics to confirm my Jack Daniels-impaired spotting, I am pretty sure I saw Jessica Simpson and she looked plumper and less well kempt than usual causing someone next to me to muse out loud, "Are those extensions?" If it was her, she's definitely pulling her look from Britney Spears. At left, Susan Sarandon dishes with Matthew Broderick in what I'd like to imagine is a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off : The 30 Year Reunion. [Via]
THE GORDON PARKS AWARDS DINNER AND AFTER PARTY CELEBRATING CREATIVITY [Take a look at more pics HERE!]
Where: Gotham Hall, Avenue
Who Was There: Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee, Arianna Huffington, Russell Simmons, Donna Karan, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Randall Batinkoff, Peter Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt Jr, Iman, Tonne Goodman, Diana Revson, Wendy Goodman, Blue Man Group
Other Details: The Gordon Parks Foundation honored five people who embody artistic passion and vision. The Kasier himself was in the house! The evening included an auction of works by Gordon Parks, Peter Beard, Chuck Close, Bruce Weber, Andy Warhol and other big name photogs. The Blue Man group's performance was upstaged by Rufus Wainwright performing Art Teacher and Hallelujah. Be sure to take a look at more pictures HERE.
TIFFANY & CO.'s Celebratory Dinner in Honor of EDWARD BURNS' "Love Is ... "
Where: il Buco
Who Was There: Edward Burns, Joshua Radin, Jamie Pallot, Caroline Naggiar, Amy Astley, Brandon Walters
Other Details: Tiffany&Co. launched their new website and iPhone App yesterday for "people who fall in love, people who love the idea of love and for people who simply must see other stories about people in love." Do you love this? Edward Burns created the short film Will You Marry Me?, exclusively for Tiffany for the site.
Launch of KIM CHI CHRONICLES
Where: Spice Market
Other Details: Heather Graham and boyfriend Jason Silva showed up first and were the last to leave, their plates and glasses never empty throughout the four hour event. Heather asked Shenae Grimes for a photo making the 90210 actress noticeably starstruck. Hugh and wife Deborra-Lee ducked into the kitchen where for nearly 15 min, Jean-George Vongerichten treated his VIP guests to a private tasting as bewildered servers came in and out of the revolving kitchen doors wondering where the Wolverine learned how to use chopsticks so well.
World Science Festival Opening Night Gala, Curtain Call & Reception
Where: Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
Other Details: RADIANCE: The Passion of Marie Curie, directed by Bob Balaban, was performed with a special reading by Alan Alda and actors including Bill Camp, Mireille Enos, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, David Morse, Liev Schreiber, and Brent Sexton. The play is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. [Via]
9th Annual SESAME Workshop Benefit Gala
Where: Cipriani's 42nd St
Other Details: The word of the day is Cipriani! Guests gathered to support accused promoter of liberal politics and the greatest show ever, Sesame Street.
"Taste of Summer" A Benefit for the CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY
Where: The Bandshell in Central Park
Who Was There: Bob Cochran, Suzanne Cochran, Liz Peek, Jeff Peek, Jon Buckley, Terri Coppersmith, Steve Zaffarchi, Danny Meyer, Kipton Cronkite, Vanessa Noel, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter, Alexis Clark
Other Details: Guests at the Bandshell in Central Park thanked their lucky taste buds that the predicted hurricane did not hit the city last night. The over 1,000 or so people tasted culinary delights from 40 renowned restaurants, from Asia de Cuba and Le Cirque to Serafina and Serendipity 3, and danced to music by a DJ. [Via]
Exclusive Screening Party for Oxygen's "The World According to Paris"
Who Was There: Paris Hilton
Other Details: Wiredset and Oxygen hosted a party for Oxygen's all new series, "The World According to Paris." I have stopped questioning "Wwwwhhhhyyyy, dear TV gods, why?" she keeps getting reality shows, but that does not mean any of us should accept it. Will you watch this "thing"? Anyway, the party had open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and an overwhelming amount of hot pink. [USA]
Shots Magazine Celebrates USA Launch [Take a look at more pics HERE!]
Where: Ace Hotel
Other Details: UK publication, SHOTS magazine, held its official launch event last night at the ACE Hotel. The event celebrated the mag's move over the Atlantic to the U.S. Be sure to take a look at more photos HERE.