But the spectacle that greeted revelers like Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Angie Harmon and Lauren Hutton was more than they’d bargained for: trapeze artists dangling from the ceiling, African and Brazilian musicians playing the drums, and logo-stamped leather bracelets just to get in the door.
"This is the best-looking club bracelet I’ve ever seen," raved Natalie Leeds, admiring her wrist.
Apparently, that shot of glamour wasn’t enough for Monica Lewinsky, who searched the coat check and the check-in desk for a goody bag before heading for the door.
A few blocks away, Armani Casa hosted a dinner that also packed a visual punch. Installed amidst the Armani furniture were works from Christie’s upcoming Post-War and contemporary art sale, to give potential bidders a better feeling for what it all might look like at home.
Over dinner, some collectors eyed a painting of a red-faced woman by John Currin, estimated to fetch a minimum of $200,000, but Sylvia Zoullas, who prefers Pop, stared straight ahead at a Lichtenstein and two Warhols that have a combined minimum estimate of $8.5 million.
"I’ve got the best view in the room," she sighed.