Tuesday night on the rooftop of Refinery, Cinema Society, co-sponsoring the premiere of Lovelace with MCM and Grey Goose, played host to the movie’s stars and their A-list friends. Hopefully this won’t come off as offensive, but feminist scholar and anti-pornography activist Catharine MacKinnon, sitting Indian-style with her shoes off in a cut-out gothic gown, exuded more sex appeal than the rest of the partygoers combined. That’s not knocking the revelers, who included James Marsden, Zosia Mamet, Carrie Preston (who graciously received congrats on her Emmy nod for The Good Wife) and a rebounded Zachary Quinto.
Lovelace cast members Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Gattas and Chris Noth found themselves in a tight squeeze in the VIP section, trying to make room for other A-listers like Justin Long, Debbie Bancroft, Sharon Stone, Gloria Steinem, Lovelace writer Andy Bellin, Nannette Lepore and a spirited Zac Posen, who told The Observer that he used to be Lena Dunham‘s babysitter. (Must be the Saint Ann’s connection.)
While it’s not particularly our forte, The Observer fasted on Monday. Mostly fasted, rather. It was a religious holiday of sorts, indeed more of a pilgrimage, for which we practiced the ancient art of self-denial. Relais & Chateaux’s Dîner des Grands Chefs was our evening’s sacrosanct destination, and we intended to arrive with a pilgrim-pure palate.
As we approached Gotham Hall’s regal colonnade, we were beginning to feel slightly faint. Swaying ever so slightly in our heels, we dashed upstairs, past the congested red carpet, for some sustenance, which, before we could object, came in the form of a flute of 1999 Cuvée Louise Pommery Champagne. We weren’t alone in our pre-sunset indulgence: after a lap around the room, we noticed 25 empty bottles of bubbly neatly (and proudly) displayed at the bar. But a few minutes later, the tally was trente-cinq. At that point, we stopped counting.
It was a busy lunch hour at East Side Social Club on Thursday, March 11: One banquet-size table was booked by actress Fran Drescher, there with her Cancer Schmancer foundation; another seated socialites Gigi Mortimer and Courtney Moss, celebrating the recent launch of Glamourpuss NYC, their new line of stretchy, fur neck warmers.
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