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Apparently, it is never too late to celebrate a store's opening ¿ even if it occurred months ago.

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At the dinner afterward, David Byrne (who brought down the house with his version of "You Can Call Me Al") joined Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Stockman and Chuck Close to toast the singer.

Back in Manhattan, the American Academy in Rome honored Mercedes Bass at Cipriani 42nd Street. "It was a love affair from the beginning," Bass said, referring to her 18-year association with the organization. Oscar and Annette de la Renta and Adele Chatfield Taylor organized the dinner that drew Jayne Wrightsman, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Agnes Gund, Princess Firyal of Jordan and John Richardson — who was also honored.

On Tuesday, the art crowd flooded into the Theory store for artist David Ellis' performance piece "Flyway." The execution — a man wearing a giant owl costume made from drinking straws who lurched around the room — left the group entertained, if not a little frightened. "It's coming right toward you," said one guest to Adam Weinberg.

"I'm confused," said Waris Alhuwalia to girlfriend Chiara Clemente.

Beth Rudin de Woody got it, but she's an Ellis fan. "I first learned about him at Frieze," she said. "I'm buying one of his typewriters."

Earlier in the evening, Andrew Rosen hosted a small group including Alexandra and Theodora Richards, Lauren Bush, Sean Avery, Tara Subkoff, Barbara Wilhelm and David Neville for a family-style dinner at Macelleria.

In Los Angeles, W magazine and a handful of actresses including Leelee Sobieski and Kelly Preston helped designer Tia Cibani open her new Ports 1961 store on Melrose while in London, Agyness Deyn chowed down on fish and chips at East London's Bistroteque during the dinner i-D magazine threw her, celebrating her sixth time as cover girl. Deyn welcomed guests including her best friend Henry Holland, Christopher Kane, Olympia Scarry and Kelly Osbourne. In true-Brit style, the evening culminated with a traditional pub quiz and darts.

lacroix, theory and bam photos by steve eichner; sobieski by donato sardella; deyn and osbourne by marcus dawes; bass and de la rentas by jimi celeste
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