Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey Toast Woody Allen’s “Café Society”

Even Woody stuck around to celebrate

Blake Lively

Blake Lively (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan).

Woody Allen’s newest film, Café Society, made its New York debut last night, and Mr. Allen’s full cast of characters was there to celebrate. Following a screening at The Paris Theatre, the film’s stars Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, and Parker Posey all made their way to The Carlyle Hotel for the Amazon, Lionsgate, and Cinema Society-hosted fete. 

Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn

Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan).

The iconic uptown property’s entire restaurant, lobby, and Bemelmans Bar were taken over to celebrate the summer blockbuster. The maze of rooms made for many shadowy corners including one where Ms. Stewart held court at a table with her confidante Patti Smith before decamping to The Gramercy Park Hotel for Esquire’s Rose Bar performance session by Chairlift.

Patti Smith, Kristen Stewart

Patti Smith, Kristen Stewart (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan).

In contrast, Ms. Lively ducked out early to join hubby Ryan Reynolds at home, though Mr. Reynolds will carry the party torch on as he hosts a Piaget blow out in New York this evening. 

Jack Ferver, Parker Posey

Jack Ferver, Parker Posey (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan).

Shockingly, Woody himself, who I have seen ditch many ballet galas and art dinners, stuck around for much of the evening given the special place in his heart for The Carlyle Hotel. He often plays his clarinet with the band at Bemelmans Bar to a sold-out cabaret crowd, and lives nearby on East 70th Street. Among those greeting the iconic director were Martha Stewart, Heidi Klum, Debi Mazar, and Dakota Fanning.

Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan).

Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey Toast Woody Allen’s “Café Society”