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"Dare to be spoiled," read the invitation to the party Christian Dior and Vogue threw Thursday night, "with the hottest Dior shoe of your choice."
Impossible! (Gasp!) But oh, so true.
And they all came — Marina Rust, Lillian Wang von Stauffenberg, Anh Duong, Gina Gershon, Carmen Kass, Bridget Hall, Emilia Fanjul, Eve, Gigi Mortimer, Helen Schifter — 100 of the most stylish women in New York trudged through rain and traffic, heeding the call of free shoes, BuffSpa pedicures and Dior Addict makeovers. "We thought, ‘What would be better than getting the girls together with our new fall shoe collection and a little indulgence?’" said Dior exec Marla Sabo.
"Can you say ‘shopping high?’" squealed Yvonne Force as she breathlessly pulled a knee-high boot covered in buckles from its bed of tissue paper. "So Michael Jackson!"
Amy Sacco took the same pair in red and bought a pair of flower-print heels. "Get me out of here before I buy the store!" she demanded.
A few blocks away, the shopping was well under way at the opening night of the International Fine Art & Antiques Fair. "Someone should register for their wedding here," quipped Samantha Gregory.
The previous night, Gucci devotees like Naomi Watts, Nina Griscom, Tory Burch and Cornelia Guest caught the fever as they packed into the new Madison Avenue store for a cocktail party followed by a dinner at a town house hosted by Tom Ford.
"I’ve already got my wish list," said Tiffany Dubin, eyeing the wares on the first floor. Rufus Albemarle was more taken with the store design. "I’m something of a mini architect, but Tom’s a bloody real one. I’m never leaving."
But Rena Sindi was.
"Tom Finn’s playing at the Hugo Boss party. We’re all going there."
After a cozy dinner in an upper gallery at the Guggenheim museum, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julian Schnabel, Marjorie Gubelmann, Bettina Zilkha, Karen Groos, Amanda Brooks and BJ Topol Bloom made their way down the spiraling ramp and into a rowdy throng, there to fete Hugo Boss Prize-winning artist Pierre Huyghe.