"This is government-issued, honey," said the actress of the cumbersome contraption, which she had painted over with the slogans "1984" and "Orwell" in protest.
Things were less political on the other side of the runway, where Cavalli was paying a diplomatic visit. "Marc is number one in New York," said Cavalli, who is in town until Friday before he leaves for Los Angeles, and then back home to Italy to prep for his own show.
Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. was being swept along by the tide of TV cameras. Stone was even more unfamiliar with the goings-on around her. "It's wicked," said the British singer. "It's mad. People are screaming my name and I don't know what to do."
She found comfort by chatting up Kravitz, who brought his daughter, Zoe, and they all squeezed in next to American Idol Katharine McPhee. Down the row, David Byrne marveled at the scale of the massive runway. "This is the first American show I've been to. I went to a show in Tokyo, but this is much bigger," he said.
Calmly observing all the hoopla was Radziwill, clad in a coat that Jacobs gave her last year. "This is the only show I'm seeing," she said. "He's a really close friend."
Friend or not, she wasn't headed to the after party at Eugene. "I think there will be an awful lot of people," she said. And she was right.