The occasion was the release of her new album, "Hard Candy," which came out Tuesday, and if the venue was small, the production surrounding it was not. She arrived on a throne to a medley of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and Cameo's "Candy" before launching into her own song, "Candy Shop." After that, she picked up her guitar for "Miles Away," about a woman whose partner "has the biggest heart, when we're 6,000 miles apart."
The biggest roar during the show came moments later, when Madonna, clad in Dolce & Gabbana athletic gear, launched into her single, "4 Minutes," and was joined on stage by the man who wrote, produced and sang it with her, Justin Timberlake. "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world," she said afterward, referring to Timberlake and the album's other collaborators, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.
Needless to say, there were enough fashion designers to fill the board of the CFDA, at least two major entertainment honchos and gays galore. Seen among the crowd were Donna Karan, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Harvey Weinstein, Lyor Cohen, Tory Burch and Rosie O'Donnell.
After finishing the set with a roof-raising rendition of "Music" (on which she sampled the recent underground club smash "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit"), the diva changed into an understated black dress from Ralph Lauren Collection and made her way down to The Box for Steven Klein's birthday party, which drew the likes of Domenico Dolce, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant. The waiters were clad in Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jackets, white shirts, ties, socks and Dolce & Gabbana underwear — but no pants. All in a good night.
DESIGNER SIGHTING: Speaking of Domenico Dolce, the designer is clearly enjoying the strength of the euro against the dollar. He was spotted at Shelly Steffee's Meatpacking District shop on Thursday afternoon and, according to sources, bought several tops, leather clutches and a purple jersey shift dress, spending a total of $7,000 on his corporate credit card.