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BROWN ON BROWN: "I first met Bobbi Brown 16 years ago and it was love at first sight," said Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus ("which means I don't get paid," he cracked) of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., in introducing the makeup artist at her brand's 20th anniversary party Tuesday night. "She walked in and said 'look down'" — a reference to Brown's five-foot height. "She's gotten taller over the years. The best gift she's ever given me was when she bought a boat — and named it TYLL — Thank You, Leonard Lauder. So when I get a canoe, I'm going to name it TYBB — Thank You Bobbi Brown."
The event, held at the Crosby Street Hotel, also served as the screening for "The Wise-Cracking Beauty Queen," a short film created by Bruce Weber to commemorate the pair's friendship over the past two decades. The 23-minute film follows Brown around the Hamptons and interacting with a passel of friends (including Alec Baldwin affecting a strange French accent) and can be viewed on Brown's blog, EverythingBobbi.com.
About 150 guests were in attendance, including Fabrizio Freda, William Lauder, John Demsey, Dylan Lauren, Lauren Bush and Nancy Donahue.