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The place was so packed that the bar ran out of appropriate glassware early into the evening, which left Derek Lam circulating the bash with a tumbler filled with either Champagne or beer. “I can’t tell [which it is],” he said, eyeing his beverage.
After the cocktail party, a select 100 people continued on to the Tower Bar for dinner. There, each event host — from Kate Beckinsale and Kelly Lynch to Michel Gondry — held court at a separate tables with boldfaced guests like Eli and Edye Broad, Angelica Huston, Eva Chow, Pierce Brosnan, Vanessa Beecroft and Jacqui Getty.
V.V. Brown performed for the crowd, several of whom were unfamiliar with her music. Not Colleen Bell, though. “I go to Coachella with my son,” she said, “so I know all the new acts the kids are listening to.”
As the evening drew to a close, Wolfgang Puck, ever the restaurateur, was thinking about the check.
“Shall I tell them to send you the bill?” he asked Jim Belushi.
“Yes, I’ll take care of it,” Belushi replied. “Then expect to get free shoes for life.”