Animal House

NEW YORK — Nary a cheetah, leopard, tiger or snakeskin print was spared Monday night as dozens of women clad in slinky animal-print dresses topped with the requisite feathers and furs made their way into the Met’s celebrity-studded fete...

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Upon arrival, Cavalli introduced Kravitz to Julianne Moore. “I got to know Roberto when I was making a film in Rome,” Moore explained. “He showed me so much hospitality.”

If Cavalli parties in Rome as well as he does here, he should be expecting more celebrity houseguests. The Temple of Dendor was decorated like a scene out of “Tales from the Decameron” (Cavalli, as has been reported, will be designing the costumes for an upcoming movie adaptation). The effect was actually stunning. There were cheetah-covered daybeds and sofas, animal-print projections on the walls and a massive Italian feast of a buffet with red apples, pomegranates and eggplants serving as the floral arrangements.

As Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy, Margherita Missoni (who accessorized her Missoni with a Cavalli fur) and Thalía snacked on risotto and veal stew, Destiny’s Child serenaded the crowd with an a cappella version of “Opera of the Bells,” “our special little Christmas song for Roberto.”

As for Cavalli himself, he was just happy his crowd seemed to be enjoying itself. Not to mention reveling in a room filled with women wearing his racy designs. “Oh my god, I was happy to see not just models and beautiful girls in my clothes, but more normal people,” he explained. “When you see normal people wearing Cavalli, they look different.”
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