Upstairs, facing an ever-tighter crowd that included Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Gilles Mendel, Hachette chief executive officer Jack Kliger commented: "I just hope everyone here buys the book."
"They won't," replied New York Times Sunday Styles columnist Bob Morris, just behind him. "These people never pay for anything." (Copies of the book, incidentally, were unavailable that night — "A little bit of a glitch," Garcia said.)
Kliger was in good spirits, having just been granted a lifetime achievement award by the Magazine Publishers of America, along with Tina Brown. Both worked at Advance or Condé Nast publications through the Eighties and Nineties, and Kliger said he'd sent a bottle of Champagne to Brown with a note hinting at the friction each had had with Condé Nast ceo's: "If you invite Bernie Leser, I'll invite Steve Florio," he said he wrote, declining to elaborate. — Irin Carmon
STAND TALL: Donatella Versace advocates most looks on a woman, so long as she isn't wearing flats. The Italian designer and In Style's Hal Rubenstein swapped fashion picks and peeves at a private event for 50 American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders at the Versace boutique in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday night. Versace told the crowd she thought a woman looked her best in clothes that fit her form. "Women should show their bodies," she said. "Don't wear shapeless clothes." But when Rubenstein asked Versace what item of clothing she absolutely won't wear, the designer declared, "Flat shoes." Versace also believes women older than 40 are sexier than their younger counterparts because of their confidence. Rubenstein also appreciated how fashion seemed to be celebrating the more mature woman, saying the last couple of seasons have reflected "a very grown-up place. I like that it's about women that aren't wishing they were 19 years old. It's about women who have curves and jobs and responsibilities and money. The clothes finally match the women who are buying them."