Guests including Edie Falco, Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Sarah Michelle Gellar turned out for the very-Chanel affair — everything from the hand towels in the ladies' room to the balls on the pool table had the double-C logo slapped on them. But while socials and celebs are accustomed to long cocktail hours, the artists, including Jeff Koons and Chuck Close, were getting restless. "I'm starving. When are we going to eat?" asked Jeanne-Claude 30 minutes into the party. "The music is too loud, it's too dark, we were thinking of going home, but that wouldn't be polite."
Service was more punctual the previous evening, when Charlotte Moss welcomed guests (with plenty of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails) into her new Upper East Side townhouse store. Those who braved the rain, like Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Celerie Kemble and Debbie Bancroft, took tours of the chicly done up interiors, including a bedroom, dining room and kitchen, in which every item from the linens to the piles of ikat pillows are for sale. And, like any good retailer, Moss cleverly considered the men who undoubtedly will be accompanying their significant others on shopping excursions there.
"The library is one of my favorites. It's a very male space," explained Moss, who wore a Carolina Herrera skirt specially made with her own logo-ed fabric.
It was quite the opposite at the normally staid couture salon at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. The ultrafeminine floor was jammed with ladies who rocked out, past closing time, mind you, on Thursday night when Cameron Silver and Susan Casden hosted a cocktail party for Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte. The sisters, just back from promoting their collection of white shirts for Gap in Charlotte, N.C., and New York (where they also did some fittings for Met Gala-bound guests), recounted the hours, and sometimes months, of work that went into each piece. "The beaded sleeves on that pink dress took us a year to make," said Laura Mulleavy. While West Side guests Jamie Tisch, Larissa Sabadash and Elizabeth Stewart had to yell to be heard over the pounding music from the DJ Maximilla Lukacs' turntables, East Side types such as Johnson Hartig of Libertine, singers Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, designers Jasmin Shokrian and Magda Berliner and Liz Goldwyn were perfectly at home in the back room. "I think they are trying to get us to leave," said Silver as the house lights went dim. "They're probably not used to this type of party in a department store."