Thursday, November 6

“Depending on who wins I’ll either be in brights or mourning black,” e-mailed Kim France, editor in chief of Lucky—a Condé Nast shopping mag that will surely escape the Newhouse chopping block, as women would rather starve than stop shopping (actually, starving would just make our purchases look better!)—of her magazine’s VIP shopping party. The fete kicks off Ms. France’s annual Lucky Shops event, where New York women stage catfights over reduced duds by the likes of Kate Spade, Earnest Sewn and recently resuscitated “It” shoemaker Dr. Martens—footwear of our fat, vaguely goth youth—among others. The consumer revelry is presided over, naturally, by Gossip Girl star and red-carpet hound Leighton Meester. Ms. France advised that in a recession, a girl most needs “first and foremost a job. And aside from that, as always, a great pair of shoes and a similarly excellent bag.” We’re one for three! Later, the mad Brit who launched The Office on both sides of the pond but never looks like he has any money, Ricky Gervais, does stand-up shtick and takes questions at the Paley Center in midtown. A few blocks away, mad but cuddly Irishman Elvis Costello fetes his new Sundance Channel series, co-produced with Elton John, at the Edison Ballroom with pillow-lipped pulchritudinous Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis—a favorite of the skinny jeans set—performing.

[Lucky Shops VIP Party, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 6 p.m., 866-551-2905; Ricky Gervais: Out of England—the Stand-Up Special, Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, 6:30 p.m., 212-621-6600; Elvis Costello party, Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street, 6:30 p.m.]

mbryan@observer.com Thursday, November 6