"It doesn't matter anyway," Kirke replied. "Ellen always helps herself."
But the actress, who arrived with her teenage son, Jack, had already moved on. Along with Antony Langdon (Liv Tyler's brother-in-law), she was playfully pretending that the Tashkent ballet flats strewn about were phones, despite the Edward Scissorhands-like bandages on her fingers from a recent burn. As dusk descended, Uma Thurman arrived, and she and Barkin grabbed a corner seat for girl talk, champagne and cigarettes.
A few days earlier, the upper crust gathered in Southampton for the Parrish Art Museum's annual Midsummer Party, this year honoring architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, designers of the museum's new building. Guests dutifully perused the collection on display before examining their companions' ensembles. Kathy Hilton helped Debbie Bancroft adjust her lacy Nicole Miller gown and then showed off her new Bottega Veneta woven bag. "It's giraffe," Hilton boasted. In return, Bancroft displayed her crystal baubles, courtesy of Antony Todd. "He did the decor, he did my earrings. He's full-service," she joked.
Afterward, guests including Heather Mnuchin, Charlotte Moss, Robert Wilson, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Chuck Close and Katharina Otto-Bernstein filed into tents awash in white lights and supped on shrimp, white bean and artichoke antipasto and steaks.