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With New York partygoers deeply embroiled in the heart of a heavy social season that has turned into a serious case of deja vu.

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IN THEIR OWN STYLE: With New York partygoers deeply embroiled in the heart of a heavy social season that has turned into a serious case of déjà vu, The Frick Collection's annual Spring Party Monday evening for its highest level of supporters was refreshing for its lack of a high-profile sponsor. That meant guests like Helen Clay Chace (great granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick), Irene R. Aitken, Peter Jay Sharp, Alexis Gregory, Howard and Mary Phipps and Elisabeth Saint-Amand wore their own gowns as they wandered through the usually inaccessible gardens, open specially for the evening. Though of course, such strolls have their own pitfalls.

"I keep sinking into the gravel," moaned designer Kim Hicks as she navigated the outdoor bar.

Those who stuck inside were treated to a lavish dessert buffet, including miniature cupcakes topped with pastel-hued frosting, and live music from the George Gee Orchestra as they took in the George Stubbs exhibit on display. And the fashion on display, too.

"Look at the scalloped trim," instructed June Dyson of her vintage Carolina Herrera gown, which she paired with prescription sunglasses. "They don't make things like they used to."

HIT LIST: Faye Dunaway and Daryl Hannah, in black berets and toting machine guns, might not sound like a recipe for a fashion movie. But it is for Jeff Espanol, one of a swarm of filmmakers seeking funding in Cannes this week for his project, "Fashion: The Movie." "It's about members of the CIA who are sent to kill bad guys within the fashion industry," growled Espanol of his would-be action thriller, set in all of the fashion spots from Saint-Tropez to Moscow. Bad guys in fashion? Who knew?

CHANGES A FOOT: Avant-garde footwear designer Benoit Meleard is said to be among a pool of designers to have been hired by the iconic French shoe brand Charles Jourdan. The team succeeds Joseph Thimister, who joined the house in July 2005. Despite ongoing financial troubles, Jourdan took a suite at the Cannes Film Festival and is said to have coaxed Angelina Jolie to order a pair. Jourdan said it plans to add ancillary accessories to its spring collection, such as handbags.
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