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DINNER DATES: It was date night with the beauty — and the beautiful — people Tuesday, when Linda Wells hosted a dinner for Allure’s November cover girl, Eva Longoria Parker, at Beso, the Hollywood restaurant owned by the “Desperate Housewives” star. Dripping candles and red roses festooned a lengthy table set for about 35 people, including Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Rosario Dawson, Lake Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Felicity Huffman, Monique Lhuillier and Kyle MacLachlan. Allure’s love affair with Longoria Parker, twice the magazine’s cover subject, clearly burned strong. “Eva needs no retouching and she gives you an interesting interview. She takes risks and she speaks out,” said Wells, who singled out comments by the actress in the magazine’s April 2006 issue regarding teaching her then-boyfriend Tony Parker about love.

Longoria Parker praised Wells’ willingness to shoot the November cover outside and to feature her cropped hair. “Every magazine says they are going to be different, and they are always the same, but Linda really nailed it,” she said. “I am so frumpy on the show [“Desperate Housewives”], so it was nice to have a chance to get glammed up.”

— Rachel Brown
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