Thursday, November 15th

Peggy Siegel frees us alllike one of Rilke’s terrifying angels—from having to read anything more about Julian Schnabel’s film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by finally premiering the damn thing. Perhaps because it stars a lot of French people, a lunch will be held at Brasserie Ruhlmann (Monsieur, ce lapin braisé est si délicieux il me rend crème!), followed by a premiere at Le Ziegfeld. To prepare, women who care about makeup (okay, us) flock to Saks (flap, flap, flap) to meet the mythical Pat McGrath, surely the only makeup artist ever to get her own six-page Annie Leibovitz photo spread in Vogue. Pat, we learned, travels with fifteen 75-pound bags of makeup—and boy are her arms tired! And speaking of that aforementioned laboriously large monthly publication, tonight’s black-tie fashion gala at the Lexington Avenue Armory (which must have once been used for something other than Marc Jacobs shows) is a doozy. It kicks off 7th on Sale, three days of selfless discount shopping undertaken by the women of New York in the interest of fighting AIDS. VIP’s such as Jennifer Connelly, Kate Bosworth, Kate Moss, Kenneth Cole and Diane von Furstenberg get first crack at the donated designer duds, after which Ms. Wintour and her leggy cabal hand one lucky young designer $200,000 from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Word is Phillip Lim has this one in the bag. And as for those millions of dollars worth of designer duds, don’t worry: The hoi polloi can have at ’em starting Friday. (Don’t forget to sniff the garments first.) And don’t go Roberto Cavalli on us. …

[The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, lunch and premiere by invitation only, 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Pat McGrath at Saks Fifth Avenue, 12 East 49th Street, 12:30 p.m. consultations, 5:30 p.m. “master classes;” 7th on Sale, 69th Regiment Armory, 6 p.m., by invitation only, www.7thonsale.ebay.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Thursday, November 15th