Funnily enough, it was the celebrity quotient that wound up being the most tame.
“Mischa Barton doesn’t look very animale to me,” said a Carlos Miele-clad Beth Blake as “The O.C.” star strolled in on the arm of producer Dino De Laurentiis wearing a pale blue satin number topped with a marabou feather.
Barton had an explanation: “I’m not a really wild person,” she said, after turning down a glass of champagne. Her endless frolics at the beach and late-night meals at Taco Bell with boyfriend Brandon Davis, not to mention their berobed appearances on the balcony of the Chateau Marmont, might indicate differently.
The other ingenues in attendance eschewed Amazonian references, as well. “Being at the Met for a fancy soiree — this is such a princess moment for me,” said the normally demure Julia Stiles, who wore a taupe Cavalli slit up to her bum.
The wildest thing Anne Hathaway could come up with was comparing herself with, evidently, her favorite celebrity. “I feel like Catherine Zeta-Jones in this,” she gushed. “Any time you can do that is pretty great.”
In the main foyer, Lenny Kravitz, wearing what he called vintage Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and a leather jacket, waited patiently for Cavalli. His date was his 16-year-old daughter, Zoe, out on a school night. “We’re family,” Kravitz said of his relationship with the designer. “I was the first person in America to wear his stuff.” Kravitz added that Cavalli has been helping him develop his own line of clothing and home furnishings. “It’s not a celebrity line; it’s a real line.”