Jazz Babies

Parker and Paltrow don flapper-inspired attire for Tiffany & Co.—plus a sea of Cavalli dresses at the American Museum of Natural History


Carey Mulligan, Kate Hudson, and Michelle Williams   
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To celebrate a Jazz Age-inspired iteration of its annual Blue Book collection, Tiffany & Co. installed a giant blue box, topped with a massive bow, in Rockefeller Center last night. Inside, it was the roaring twenties all over again, with dancers for the Rockettes, a champagne tower, and performances from trumpet player Brian Newman and Smash starlet Megan Hilty. Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow talked Deco-era fashion. "It's the glittery dress, the jewels, the eye makeup, and the headbands, that's what I like about the twenties," Paltrow told "They were over-the-top and unashamedly so." But SJP begged to differ: "If you look at images from that period, nobody is wearing a bra—can you imagine that today? I really liked the pre-twenties periods. I need some boning!" The Great Gatsby's Carey Mulligan had her own bone to pick with the period. "Those flapper dresses are not totally flattering all the time," said the actress, who instead opted for a sharp Victoria Beckham tuxedo cape with skinny pants.

Later on, at the Museum of Natural History, young philanthropists gathered for the annual Museum Dance, underwritten by Roberto Cavalli. This year's "Under the Sea" motif was in honor of the museum's landmark whale exhibition, which opened last month. Under the ninety-four-foot blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life, we asked Michelle Harper if the gala's theme influenced her ensemble. "Absolutely not. Nothing influences what I wear. Ever. I wear what I want, when I want," she said. Nearby, Bill Cunningham was snapping a picture of Sofía Sanchez Barrenechea wearing a breastplate necklace from Argentinean designer Marcelo Toledo. "I don't know why Tiffany's is throwing a party tonight," Cunningham said. "All the most interesting people are up here!"

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