Around Town: Lanvin's Pre-Fall Show and the Board of Review Gala


Attendees were advised that Lanvin’s Pre-Fall showing on Monday, January 10, would start promptly at 5 p.m., and it did—afterward, mingling with the crowd at New York City's Bowery Hotel, W’s Stefano Tonchi told us he missed it entirely.

But it was worth rushing: not only were the clothes beautiful, but the intimate setting—a fire blazing; trays of spiced rum, Hot Toddies, and Kir Royales; and cute waiters serving fudge bars, lemon bars, and pink macaroons with raspberry jam—was perfect for a cold winter afternoon.

Many top U.S. fashion editors, including Anna Wintour, Robbie Myers, Sally Singer, Cindi Leive, and Glenda Bailey, attended. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz welcomed the crowd, saying, “It just felt right to have all of you here together, and I hope you like it. It is the first time that I will not talk through the show because there are too many, so I will shut up and be in the back and make sure that everybody is going to look good.”

Everything looked great.

Tuesday’s National Board of Review awards gala was, well, not quite so intimate, with the cavernous Cipriani 42nd Street chock-full of movie types, including Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola, and Kevin Spacey.

The evening’s biggest winner was The Social Network, which was named best film and also took awards for directing, adapted screenplay, and best actor for star Jesse Eisenberg. Stephen Colbert praised the film: “With The Social Network, David Fincher has done what many said was impossible: peel America away from Facebook long enough to watch an entire movie about Facebook—which they can then go on to Facebook and ‘Like.’”

With more than 20 awards, there were many speeches throughout the evening, but that didn’t deter Mark Wahlberg when he took the stage to introduce The Fighter co-star Christian Bale, who won best supporting actor.

“Everybody get really comfortable,” Wahlberg joked. “The snow is falling, and I got a lot of s— to say. It took a long time to get the movie made, and, well, it’s going to take a long time to get Christian up here.”

The notoriously moody Bale did indeed willingly go on stage and even gave a charming speech during which he said, “An award, as you all know if you’re married, is a wonderful time to score big points with your wife. So this is a room of beautiful people but none more beautiful than my wife, sitting right there.”

Ben Affleck brought his cast from The Town—Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, and Chris Cooper—to pick up their prize for best ensemble. As if there weren’t enough beautiful people at Affleck’s table, his stunning wife, Jennifer Garner, joined them.

Some of the West Coast folks did slip out early due to the snowstorm blowing outside, but for the most part, everyone stayed sipping Bellinis until the last acceptance speech was delivered. And really, no one had to be up as early as the evening’s emcee, the Today show’s Meredith Vieira, who had to stick around until the very end.

On Thursday, Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming, Victor Garber, Tony Roberts, and F. Murray Abraham turned up at the opening night of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. After the show, they all scooted a few doors down to party at B.B. King.

Photo: Mark Wahlberg, David O. Russell, Christian Bale