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Partying From the Atlantic to the Pacific and Back

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Alexander Wang and Kim Gordon.
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Kip Forbes with Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover.
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It's billed as the Party in the Garden. The place to be last night, though, was inside the air-conditioned confines of New York's MoMA, at the dinner honoring philanthropist Donald Marron and director Mike Nichols, alongside guests like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tina Brown, and Diane von Furstenberg. Less well ventilated were the after-party attendees, who endured stifling temperatures and a brief downpour in the sculpture garden outside. Still, once the rain stopped and the squeegees were put to good use, they did get to see M.I.A. perform. Socialite Claire Bernard, who stayed after dinner to catch the Sri Lankan hip-hop artist's set, said she had no trouble identifying with the characters in Nichols' movies like The Graduate. "I might already be Mrs. Robinson," she offered. "My godson hooks me up with his friends. He's four."

Smartly, Alexander Wang had left Manhattan's heat behind for the balmier climes of L.A., where Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Erin Wasson hosted a trunk show in his honor at the boutique Satine. "It's like a mini-vacation," the designer acknowledged, as his co-conspirator Wasson hobbled around on crutches, her foot in a black cast. The injury was sustained while running in the woods with Justin Timberlake during the making of a video for his line Wiliam Rast. Has Timberlake called to check in on her progress? "Hell no!" she hooted. "But he's busy." Actress Erika Christensen, meanwhile, summed up Alexander Wang's appeal: "He's so punk rock."

Those weren't words you were likely to hear at the Louvre in Paris, where couture-loving Texan Becca Cason Thrash hosted a gala for the American Friends of the Louvre. "Six months is all we had to put this together," said Cason Thrash, which isn't a lot of time when you consider the 200-strong guest list (Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, Bianca Jagger, Stefano Pilati ), the prizes in the evening's auction (private vacations at the Forbes chateau, the Salzburg manse belonging to gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac, and a private villa in Kuala Lumpur), or the entertainment (Duran Duran, performing such hits as "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "A View to a Kill")—not to mention the logistics of pulling this off in the space beneath the the museum's famous glass pyramid. The evening raised a Texas-sized $2.5 million and counting.

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