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Piazza San Marco

Costumed revelers at Marc Jacobs' annual holiday bash, which had a Venetian carnival theme this year, clearly took the theme to heart.

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"The last time I celebrated my birthday I was 13," laughed Jovovich, who officially turns 31 on Sunday. "I've pretty much always been working on my birthday or flying back from somewhere, so I usually just have a quiet dinner with family. But Vogue called me, and what Anna [Wintour] wants, Anna gets."

Besides, the actress-designer has plenty of things on her mind other than her birthday. She just bought a house in Los Angeles with her fiancé, Paul W.S. Anderson, which she describes as "Spanish hacienda style — I want it to look like the Chateau Marmont," and has a new puppy schnauzer named Oliver Cromwell.

As for party guests, the main worry was what to get the birthday girl. Luckily for Jovovich, at least one gift was taken care of as the DTC presented her with one of its right-handed diamond rings, a 3-carat, Caressa-cut stunner, designed by Taché, which Jovovich proudly flashed (along with her engagement ring) as she danced and mingled.

Partner Carmen Hawk mused about giving her one of her multimedia paintings, while Amy Smart, in town filming "Life in Flight" with Patrick Wilson, was just happy to catch up with her longtime buddy.

"We've known each other since I was 13," said the chocolate-tressed Smart. "I have no idea what to get her."

On the West Coast that same night, a bevy of black-clad beauties filed into L.A.'s Chateau Marmont for a party hosted by Dolce & Gabbana and Penélope Cruz to launch an online auction of four of Cruz's Dolce & Gabbana gowns to benefit the art charity du jour, Art of Elysium. Almost every clotheshorse in Hollywood — including Salma Hayek, Mia Maestro, Sharon Stone, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Mischa Barton — jumped at the chance to don a clingy dress by the designers and size up the competition.
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