Meanwhile across the country, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center was packed for Damian Woetzel's final performance with the New York City Ballet. Anne Bass, Michael Eisner, Barry Diller, Graydon Carter and Lesley Stahl filled the house to see the star dance Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free" and George Balanchine's "Rubies" and "The Prodigal Son." For his final bow, confetti rained down on the stage as Woetzel took half a dozen curtain calls, received a 10-minute standing ovation and was given enough flowers to outfit the entire Tournament of Roses parade.
Afterward, Woetzel's wife, Heather Watts; Fran Lebowitz; Bruce Weber, and Alba Clemente headed to O'Neal's. "As Mel Brooks said, I feel 'surprisingly good,'" Woetzel said, downing a beer per his regular postshow routine. "It's very much a ritual [to come to O'Neal's]. My table is up there in the corner."
On Tuesday, Viktor & Rolf turned London's Barbican gallery into a dollhouse, with their past collections displayed on scores of porcelain dolls. Guests became very nostalgic. "I filled up when I saw it," said singer Róisín Murphy, who was dressed in a pink baby-doll dress with a PVC Pierrot collar from the Dutch design duo's spring collection. "It's a little girl's dream."
Murphy joined hosts Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau, Roland Mouret, Hussein Chalayan, and Zadie Smith. In lieu of a red carpet, the crowd traipsed in on a black one strewn with pink rose petals — in reference to the designers' Flowerbomb fragrance — and drank rose martinis with pink petals floating in the glasses.