Rachel Roy

Diane von Furstenberg lifted New York’s party scene out of the summer doldrums by hosting two star-studded evenings in one week.

On Monday, DVF hosted a screening of the Weinstein Company’s “Sarah’s Key,” about a journalist whose life is altered by a story she uncovers after moving to Paris. The nomadic Von Furstenberg said that her travels have always had a profound effect. “I’ve written in my diary all my life, and whenever I open a page, it’s always a turning point. So it looks like all I have done is turning.”

Rachel Roy recently had a new experience in the City of Light. “I went to Paris just a few weeks ago with no purpose other than to walk, shop, eat, and to be inspired,” the designer said. She had no plans or itinerary, and spent time in the city alone. “To just walk the streets alone was important; just to observe a very chic culture, why do they do what they do, why do they choose what they choose? Why do I like it?” Roy says it worked, and promises that her new collection will be very chic!

At dinner at Osteria Del Circo following the screening, Malin Akerman gushed about her Rock of Ages costumes. “It’s a little bit ridiculous and fantastically '80s,” she said. “They did a great job, a little bit of the Sharon Stone hairdo from Total Recall,” she laughed. Courtney Love, Regis Philbin, Nanette Lepore, and Christiane Amanpour were among the guests.

On Wednesday, DVF joined Ivanka Trump Jewelry in hosting the Cinema Society screening of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Wendi (Mrs. Rupert) Murdoch co-produced the movie, and some high-profile Aussies, including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, came to support. Hugh Jackman, who appears in the film, was performing in Toronto, but his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness represented at the screening. “It’s a chick’s flick, it’s about girlfriends, and so we’re here supporting our girlfriend Wendi,” Furness said.

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Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

The invitation was too delightful to resist: the Royal Shakespeare Company performing a 20 minute version of The Tempest, at the superb Southampton home of Lise and Michael Evans. Lise, a statuesque blond who looked stunning in Roland Mouret, greeted us warmly at the door as we entered. I asked her what motivated her to support this wonderful organization, in such an original and special way.

“Friends of ours invited us to a similar event at their home last fall. We were asked if we’d like to host an event, and knowing that the money we agreed to give would go to the RSC teaching Shakespeare in the inner city (specifically at The Children’s Storefront School), we did not hesitate to commit. Apart from it being for a good cause, it is so much fun—I'd do it again just for the entertainment factor!” said Lise with a smile.

The evening began with cocktails. Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Ros and Fran L'Esperance, and Alex Kuczynski and Charles Stevenson were excited for the program to begin.

“Don't you love my shoes? Don't you love my shorts? Evening shorts are the only way to go,” said Kuczynski, proudly displaying the canary yellow Alice + Olivia silk shorts and brown tank top she had bought earlier in the day. The shoes were striped, stripy, vertiginously high wedges. I was happy we were sitting down, exhausted just looking at them.

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Terrie Sultan, Dorothy Lichtenstein, April Gornick and Debbie Bancroft

The Hamptons have long been known as a haven for artists and collectors alike, and last weekend was a good one for both groups, beginning with ArtHamptons, the International Fine Art Fair in Bridgehampton. Opening night was buzzing with art fans who came to see everything from the Kate Moss portraits at the Danzinger Projects booth to Eric Firestone’s Jorge Fick paintings. Collectors Beth De Woody and Joanne Cassullo were present at the opening July 7th, so I knew I was in the right place.

The Parrish Art Museum held its Midsummer Party benefit on July 9th. The Southampton museum will be moving its headquarters further east to a state-of-the-art facility currently under construction in Water Mill. “It's all about the new Parrish,” said Patrick McMullan. “It’s one of the great parties of the summer, where the art establishment is joined by the young who's-who of Southampton.” It went on until the wee hours of the night.

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The developers of The High Line, Manhattan’s elevated park, seem to get everything right, and their first annual summer party was no exception. Coach Men’s Collection hosted the evening, hence the waiters wearing leather aprons serving up Coach luggage tags.

The leather aprons weren’t very summery, but the new season was on everyone’s mind. Paz de la Huerta insists she has no need to escape the city’s summer humidity and, er, fragrance. “I love New York in the summer. It’s my favorite time, actually. I love the humidity and I love just wandering around the streets,” the native New Yorker said. “When I was a teenager I would bump into one person and go on an adventure – this High Line, I used to come up during the summers and we would do graffiti with my friends back in the day.”

Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz’s youthful summers were exactly the opposite, if also on the smelly side. “We had a cow and pig farm, and my favorite summer thing to do was water the pigs,” Lutz said. “I had so much energy growing up, I’d go out to the pigpen, I’d sit there for hours, out of trouble, and just water the pigs. The pigs are huge, they’d shake off and I’d get all muddy.”

Penn Badgley, just back from a surfing trip in Nicaragua; Jessica Szohr, toting a burgundy Coach clutch, Sean Avery and Rachel Dratch all enjoyed the balmy weather on the High Line. T Magazine’s Sally Singer arrived with musician David Byrne.

Design duo and longtime couple Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra claimed that they took New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage in stride. “We expected it,” Costello said. So did they pop the Champagne when they heard the news? “I just put my hand out and said, ‘I don’t see anything,’” Costello deadpanned, glancing at his ring finger. “I thought he was going to surprise me with the Taylor-Burton diamond.” Joking aside, they are thinking about rings. “We just talked to our friend, the jeweler Phillip Crangi,” Tagliapietra said. “I think we’re going to get him to do custom rings for us.”

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