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PARTY CRAWL: Those not attending the Fashion Group International’s awards Thursday evening had no shortage of other party options at their disposal. First stop for many was the Hermès store on Madison Avenue for cocktails to celebrate Kelly Klein’s new book, “Horse,” which features photographs by the likes of Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Richard Prince and Ellen von Unwerth. A group of NYPD cavalry acted as a receiving line for guests such as Tory Burch, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez and Aerin Lauder. Inside, a black Hermès-clad Klein worked her table signing copy after copy. “I’ve been asked to do a book on horses for awhile and put it off and put it off,” explained the avid equestrian, who rides almost every day at her Bridgehampton home. “I wanted to give it an edge and show some sexy pictures and extremes.”
A block away, the Associates Committee of the Fountain House Fall Fete gathered at the Valentino boutique for drinks before heading to the Racquet and Tennis Club for dinner and dancing.
And in SoHo, Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri helped host the opening of the first New York outpost of hip French brand Comptoir des Cotonniers. “I’ve been a fan of their clothes and am excited to have a store in New York,” said Amurri. “The clothes are such a high quality, but reasonably priced.” After perusing the signature cotton trenches and cool basics, a mix of editors and Francophiles enjoyed dinner in the garden of nearby Raoul’s.