NEAR TO HER: New York is a city rife with Julie Christie fans. "I've been wanting to meet you forever," gushed Debbie Harry to the "Away From Her" star at the film's Cinema Society screening Wednesday night. So had Candice Bergen, Debra Messing, Kim Cattrall, Griffin Dunne, Sandra Bernhard and Ricki Lake, who all showed up at the IFC Film Center to support the iconic actress in her latest role as a sufferer of Alzheimer's disease. Olympia Dukakis costars in the movie written and directed by Sarah Polley. "It's an interesting topic for the fashion crowd," Rachel Roy said, "getting older."
Christie herself, dressed in a green frock from her closet, was having a hard time adjusting to socializing with the style-obsessed at the after party at the Soho Grand. "Everyone's asking me, 'What's your dress? Who are you wearing?'" she said, struggling with the terminology. "I want to say, 'My dress is...my dog or something.'" Eric Mabius of "Ugly Betty" was more comfortable, thanks to his role as editor in chief of Mode magazine. "I'm less fashion illiterate than I once was," he said, throwing back a Corona and showing off pictures of his son Maxfield on his BlackBerry.