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The Hunger Games Premieres in NYC


Jennifer Lawrence and Francisco Costa   
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Trained in starvation, dressed to kill, competing life-or-death for social adoration: Surely many of the glamour industry guests at last night's New York premiere of The Hunger Games felt they, not Suzanne Collins, had written the book. Hilary Rhoda joked that she could use her silver stiletto as murder accessory in a socialite death match. Annabel Tollman and Peter Davis traded quips about dieting being no game, but that was before the lights went down. After two hours of cuticle-destroying suspense, nobody in the audience was hungry.

Jennifer Lawrence, though, looked good enough to inspire cannibalism. The incarnation of Katniss Everdeen wore Calvin Klein Collection—the brand sponsored the Cinema Society screening—and the jade dress made no secret weapon of her cleavage. Magic tape? "No," she exclaimed. "It's luck!" As Katniss, Lawrence is brunette and often black-clad. "Wardrobe's always a really important part of your character," said the star, "because it's one of the most important parts of our characters in real life. That's how you represent yourself. Unfortunately, this has been stripped from the Hunger Games contestants, and they're all kind of put in the same thing, in clothes that represent the Capitol and not them."

Lawrence's on-screen enemy Isabelle Fuhrman was happy to play dress-up yesterday, swearing she chose her black and white Valentino herself. "No help from Cinna tonight," she said, referring to the movie stylist played by Lenny Kravitz. The rock star-turned-actor was otherwise occupied, but daughter Zoë made it to the screening and the Top of the Standard after-party, along with the likes of Liya Kebede, Erin Heatherton, and Heidi Mount. Directors Darren Aronofsky and Spike Lee held respective court; Patti Smith and Courtney Love lurked somewhere. If you squinted just so, the Boom Boom Room felt like a set piece from the decadent Capitol.

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