The following evening, while John Lithgow, Bette Midler and Marcia Gay Harden picnicked on the Harlem River to celebrate the Cherry Tree Project at Swindler Cove Park, the Paris Theatre was the site of a screening, hosted by Chanel, of "La Vie en Rose," the biopic of famed French chanteuse Edith Piaf. A crowd including Lauren Hutton, Lily Cole, Allison Sarofim, Liya Kebede, Nina and Chiara Clemente and Olivia Chantecaille dabbed their eyes through the heart-wrenching film before heading to the Chanel store afterward for much-needed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
"I knew of her but didn't know her story was like that," said a pregnant Karen Elson, who, despite her state, was still in need of some liquid comfort. "Cheers to you!" she said with a wink toward her belly, Champagne glass in hand.
The film's star, Marion Cotillard, understandably needed more than a few drinks to recover from her experience of playing the tragic Piaf.
"I went to Morocco and French Polynesia," she smiled. "I had to get it out of me somehow."