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.

    Tinsley Mortimer Christian Louboutin Olivia Palermo Ivanka Trump Zac Posen MoMA Alexa Ray Joel Blake Lively Donald Trump Kanye West Chace Crawford Mariah Carey Jessica Simpson Jennifer Creel Michael Kors Richard Branson Lauren Bush David Lauren Natalie Portman Jessica Alba Rockefeller Center Ben Harper Brian Atwood Amanda Ross The Modern Selita Ebanks Peter Kaplan Phillip Bloch Paula Zahn Adam Lippes Bettina Prentice Ellen Barkin Billie Jean King The Ainsworth Mila Kunis Peter Facinelli Bryant Gumbel Pamela Fiori Chuck Scarborough Blake Mycoskie Katie Couric Jeff Zucker Caryl Stern Tea Leoni Jesse Jackson Vincent Cassel Jay Sean Winona Ryder Christina Hendricks Drew Brees jill fairchild Kyle MacLachlan Darren Aronofsky The Royalton Hilary Dick Charlotte Dellal The Bunker Marcus Samuelsson Brittany Brees Joe Montana Terry McDonnell The IAC Building 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentation daughter Holly Branson editor Anthony Noguera After Party for Richard Branson's Launch of Project WSJ Magazine Celebration Deborah Needleman's Debut Issue Deborah Needleman Anthony Cenname Elizabeth Harlow Claudia Kozman Alberto Apodaca The 25th Annual FN Achievement Awards Opening of House of Walker Cipriani 42nd St UNICEF Snowflake Ball Steve Van Zandt Michael Bellevue Wrap to Rap Holiday Gift Wrapping Giants’ Defensive End Justin Tuck Lauran Tuck Nicholas Scoppetta 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Barron Trump Michael Jack Mary Jack Amy Rosembaum Bruce Beck Jane Hanson Ben Aaron Siafa Lewis John Brit Kim Gramatell Scott Adsit Escada and Vogue benefit The Joyful Heart Foundation Casey Freemont Briana Rasinski Suzie Bancroft Mariska Hartigay