2011 December 7

Madison Avenue Madness: An Evening of Party Hopping

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(NEW YORK) Mon dieu! A barrage of rain kept most New Yorkers indoors on Wednesday evening, but nothing could keep the UES' Most Social from flocking to Madison Avenue, whose every storefront was illuminated and guarded with a clipboard-wielder. It's shopping season, people! First up: Barneys New York, for its upteenth party in December alone. Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson (her onetime paramour, ensemble again)? feted Frédéric Malle's new book, On Perfume Making. He celebrated the tome in Paris just days ago with an event at his rue du Mont-Thabor store attended by Ines de la Fressange and BHL.) Charlotte Sarkozy, Carolina Irving, Chiara Clemente, and surely others whose prenom begins with "C" (Oh! Carolina Herrera, too!) hit Chelsea Passage for cocktails and pondering of that universal question: What, exactly, does it take to look so...Uma? It's more than fragrance, n'est-ce pas.

Herrera headed uptown for her own store party at the CH Boutique. Deborah Needleman and her tome, The Perfectly Imperfect Home, were attended to by the likes of Charlotte Moss, Muriel Brandolini, Reed Krakoff, Antony Todd, and Nina Griscom. Always-with-it Herrera honcho Caroline Brown professed to be unfinished with her holiday shopping, but your Daily has doubts. Across the street, La Perla's US CEO Suzy Biszantz hosted a shopping event for top clients. Live models lounged around in Jean Paul Gaultier's Collection Créateur line for the maison. "I didn't know it was such a busy night!" she said, welcoming guests like Rachel Roy and Allison Aston before heading out for dinner at The Mark. Busy is an understatement, love—a singl store even dared to open on such a night! It was the Fogal flagship on—you guessed it—Madison, where Lauren Remington Platt showed the brand's luxe wares to the likes of Fern Mallis and DJ Harley Viera Newton. A pair of tights to go, please.

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