Last Night's Parties: James Franco Threw Our Phone, NY Nightlife Celebrated Itself

by Chiara Atik · October 15, 2010

    Last night was the night Stanley made his red carpet debut, the night Mary J Blige brought the house down, and the night frenzied New Yorkers made their way from Capitale to Good Units To Fifth Ave to Wall Street. But most importantly, last night was the night our illusions about perfect, charming James Franco were  tragically shattered.-

    James Franco Interview Magazine Book Party

    Where: The James Hotel (Naturally)

    Who Was There: James Franco, Elise Overland, Scott Buccheit, Terry Richardson, Lazaro Hernandez, Genevieve Jones, Italo Zucchelli, Helena Christensen

    Other Details: James Franco wrote a book, but, more interestingly, James Franco is kind of jerky! The newly published author was not happy to see Gawker's Maureen O'Conner there (probably because Gawker accused him of being a gay rapist?)  Our own intrepid reporter was at the party, and tried to (subtly, politely, unobtrusively!) take his picture with a camera phone. James reached out, and in bizarre slow-motion grabbed the phone and threw it on the floor, smirking. (Editor's Note: The reporter described it as slow-motion. We sort of imagine that whenever James Franco is acknowledging your existence, it probably seems like slow motion.) (Second Editor's Note: It's unclear whether he was smirking at having thrown down the phone, as "smirking" seems to be his default facial expression.) James walked away, and his beleaguered manager/handler immediately reached down and returned the phone. Listen James, we understand it must get annoying to be a handsome famous celebrity that everyone wants a picture of. But you are a rich movie star/soap actor/author/poet/artist, and therefore probably can't appreciate that phones are expensive to use plebeians and you shouldn't throw them on the ground at your book launch. And though you're famously worried about scathing reporters, take note: taking their phones does not, in fact, generate positive press!

    The Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards

    Where: Good Units

    Who Was There: Becka Diamond, AJ Mukamal, Carol Han, Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe, Ashley Simko, Rachelle Hruska, Peewee Herman, Carson Griffith,  Byrdie Bell, Peter Davis, Jared Eng, Amanda Lepore, Mickey Boardman, Charlotte Ronson, Countess Luann, Terence Koh, Michael Musto, Brad Goreski

    Other Details: Peewee Herman totally name dropped us in his monologue! We don't know what he said because it was ridiculously loud in there, but still. Just as we predicted, Kenmare won Best Restaurant with a Nightlife Scene, Charlotte Ronson won best designer with a nightlife influence, Hanuk won best photographer, and Becka Diamond was voted new face of nightlife. Caitlin Moe and Mia Moretti performed (guess it would have been sort of awkward to do their scheduled performance if they hadn't won?) and brought the house down with their "Alejandro".

    Hennessy Artistry Party

    Where: Cipriani Wall Street

    Who Was There: Penn Badgley, Joy Bryant, Kat Deluna, Q-Tip, Selita Ebanks, Tyson Beckford, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Bobby Brown, Mary J Blige, Eve, Paul Sevigny, Questlove

    Other Details: Erykah Badu, The Roots, Daniel Merriweather and Mary J Blige all performed at this off the hook party. The (raspberry flavored) Hennessy was flowing like water, and the crowd was going crazy for the insane line-up.


    Gotham Magazine Party

    Where: Capitale

    Who Was There: Mary J. Blige, Amare Studemire, Ed Westwick, Jason Binn

    Other Details: Not that the rest of the party wasn't good, but what really seems to have caught people's attention last night was the food.

    OC Concept Store Opening

    Where: OC Concept Store

    Who Was There: Orianne Collins, Catherine Malandrino, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Kristian Laliberte, Liliana Cavendish, Tamara Mellon, Peter Davis

    Other Details: What's the logical progression from jewelry designing? Yacht and Ski Chalet designing! This high luxury store is opening just in time for the Holidays

    "Backstage Dior" Party

    Where: Milk Gallery

    Who Was There: Amanda Lepore, Patricia Field, Simon Doonan, Robert Verdi, Paul Johnson Calderon, Malik So Chic

    Other Details: The party was in honor of Roxanne Lowit's exhibition of backstage Dior photos. Tons of avant-garde fashionistas made it out, despite the rain, to check out the photographs

    WWD's 100 Years: 100 Designers Party

    Where: BG Restaurant

    Who Was There: Isaac Mizrahi, Italo Zucchelli, Bianca Jagger, Francisco Costa, Fe Fendi, Vera Wang

    Other Details: Bridget Foley was on hand to sign copies of her new book, which commemorates 100 years of WWD.

    W Magazine/Ferragamo Party

    Where: Ferragamo Store, 5th Ave

    Who Was There: Chiara Ferragamo, Massimo Ferragamo, Selita Ebanks, Lydia Fenet, Tinsley Mortimer, Julie Macklowe, Allie Rizzo

    Other details: All proceeds from the event went to New Yorkers For Children.