"There's always going to be a celebrity buzz," said Aerin Lauder, who was lounging in the balcony that overlooked the party. "That's part of life now."
But the constant red-carpet parade has even left the celebrities a little spent. "I'm tired," Kirsten Dunst admitted, having returned from the flashbulb frenzy that was the Toronto Film Festival, where she was promoting her flick "Elizabethtown." "But I'm here because of Jane Mayle. She's a finalist of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and I've worn her clothes since I was 16." Rachel Weisz has been doing press for "The Constant Gardener" for weeks, but came to Cartier because "I'm friends with Veronica, who does their p.r."
The same seems to go for the social set. "It's a long night," said Lauren duPont. (Still, she trudged the whole way down 11th Avenue for Badgley Mischka's 9 p.m. — more like 9:45 — show. "They're so sweet," she explained, "and they're friends. Plus they wrote on my invitation 'You have to come!'")
Meanwhile, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Monaghan, Lisa Airan, Carolyn Murphy, Roberto Cavalli, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sipped chilled champagne to cool themselves off in the sweltering space.
On the other side of town, at Bergdorf Goodman, Anne McNally, Cathy Horyn, Grace Coddington and David Remnick toasted Michael Roberts and his book, "M.R.," a collection of his artwork published over the years in The New Yorker. Anh Duong and André Leon Talley humorously posed with Roberts and a pair of red, oversized scissors.