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Friends Like These

As the manic week hit its midway point, every major hotspot in town was crammed with fashion devotees.

As the manic week hit its midway point, every major hotspot in town was crammed with fashion devotees. The Rose Bar filled up Tuesday night with Narciso Rodriguez's nearest and dearest.

Of course, they just happen to be Rachel Weisz, Claire Danes, Jessica Seinfeld and Julianna Margulies. "Everyone always says 'oh they are celebrities.'But these are my real friends," exclaimed Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, the younger set headed to the Lower East Side where Teen Vogue's Amy Astley and Luella Bartley hosted cocktails in the Hotel on Rivington's minimal penthouse. As guests like Victoria and Vanessa Traina and Camilla Belle - wearing Luella straight off the runway - took in the sweeping views, DJ Tom Travis spun tunes. The 18-year-old had flown in just that morning from London and was flying out the next day. "Shipped in, shipped out," joked Travis, who will also be behind the turntable at Marc by Marc's afterparty during London Fashion Week.

He wasn't the only one with a plane to catch. Bartley, over six months pregnant, had a 2:30 am flight just hours later. She and her family were off to Costa Rica for a two-week vacation.

Hopefully, she said, she'll be able to find something to wear "I have suitcases of clothes and I can't fit into anything!" she laughed.

Meanwhile, MAC and Interview magazine co-hosted an intimate soiree for Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte at brand new boite The InnLW12.

"This is the first time we've gone out after a show," Laura Mulleavy said, holding court in the corner. For the young California girls, having special guest Cyndi Lauper attend the dinner was a treat. "Um, duh," Kate Mulleavy said, impressed with the presence of the Eighties rock star. "We are such fans."

Lauper joined Francesco Clemente, Thelma Golden, Helena Christensen and boyfriend Jack Huston upstairs for an endless feast. The restaurant's elegantly rustic decor with small landscape paintings on the wall and antiqued mirrored ceilings provided a cozy backdrop for the evening, but the busy week had already taken its toll on some guests. "Tomorrow I'm ordering in Chinese and staying home," said MAC's John Demsey.
The evening more or less ended at avant-guarde fashion magazine Purple Magazine's party at the Beatrice Inn. It was a creaky bar on a side street in Greenwich Village and the ceilings were barely 6 feet from the floor.

Among those seen gadding about were Helmut Lang, Juergen Teller, an Olsen twin - "I know it's one of them," the event's publicist said, less than helpfully - and Cynthia Rowley, who was on a little break from putting together her Thursday show. "Do I look like I don't have a care in the world?" she said. "I just left the staff with Pizza. But my studio's only two blocks away. What's one glass of wine?"