July 25 2014

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When Saving The Earth, Every Last Dollar Counts


“I have never bought anything at an auction before,” Glenn Close admitted to last night at Christie’s third annual Green Auction: BID to Save the Earth. She had, however, been auctioned off. “I was a part of one once. I’m supposed to go with Bobby Kennedy and a bunch of people to Mongolia and hunt with eagles, on horseback, but we haven’t done it yet. Hunting with eagles, on horseback, in Mongolia. I would say that’s pretty exotic.”

Though the actress was not on offer as part of last night’s auction (co-hosted by Susan and David Rockefeller, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Anna and Graydon Carter, and James R. Hedges IV), there were several exotic experiences and celebrity names on the bill. “All of the trips are amazing, but I’m honestly a scuba diver, so that trip sounds the coolest to me,” said Christie’s master auctioneer Lydia Fenet (pictured, right). “Although, I don’t think I’m nearly as adventurous as the ladies leading the trip who dive with kidney warmers.” When Fenet finally took her place at the podium, she was quick to announce to the crowd, “Last year, I was standing up here with Seth Meyers from SNL, who made all these promises to save the world, and he didn’t, so we didn’t invite him back. Tonight, I’m going to take every last dollar you have.”

And she did a pretty good job at that—during the live auction of a seven-day chartered voyage on the largest catamaran in the world (which went for $150,000) and various other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, she helped rake in $600,000 for various charities, including Oceana, Conservation International, the National Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy. After that, Grace Potter (pictured, left) of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals closed out the night with a very different performance from last year’s surprise guest, Nicki Minaj. “Creatively, I think the difference in performers shows the diversity of what this auction is all about,” Potter said before the show. “But no, I’m not going to be rapping tonight.” On that note, she stayed true to her word.

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Are These Fall Gowns Oscar Material?


Hollywood stylists are forever clambering to keep their celeb clientele in the latest looks fresh off the runways, so there’s little doubt that on Sunday night, we’ll be seeing a few Fall numbers at the Oscars. Compared to many of the ostentatious front-row fixtures at fashion week, most starlets play it safe. (Sorry, Marc, the only actress out there gonzo enough to take your newest lineup for a spin is Helena Bonham Carter). A-listers often opt for classic gowns, like the teal, tie-shouldered number from Oscar de la Renta (the color would be gorgeous with Jessica Chastain’s fiery tresses) or Michael Kors‘ long-sleeved dazzler (pictured), which has Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close’s name written all over it. And with all the attention Rooney Mara attracted at the Calvin Klein show a few weeks back, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her turn up in one of Francisco Costa’s minimal black finale frocks. Many of the heavy hitters won’t be presenting until Paris next week, but it seems some designers have wised up to awards season and are strategically debuting their unseen collections on the red carpet instead of the runway. Case in point: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emmys, wearing a sheer Emilio Pucci two-piece look that appeared again on the Spring catwalk a few days later. We’re hoping to see a few more of those fashion-forward surprises this weekend.

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Jane, Not So Plain


After playing the famously unlovely leading lady in director Cary Fukunaga’s new film adaptation of Jane Eyre, Mia Wasikowska could do with some glamour. Aptly, the petite, nearly pixieish actress donned a floaty, chiffon-dappled Elie Saab tea-length frock at the W magazine and Saab-hosted (that’s the automaker, not the Lebanese designer) screening last night and it was something of a relief. “I always find the costume is the last piece of the puzzle for getting into character,” Wasikowska said. “Especially for this movie, it was so important to feel the repression. The corsets are awful, I couldn’t wait to get out of it every day.”

Set to open in select theaters nationwide this Friday, this remake of the Charlotte Brontë classic novel is the latest in a long line of cinematic interpretations. But the coming-of-age (and finding love, naturally) plot never seems to exhaust its evergreen appeal, especially among a smart female set. Glenn Close, her daughter Annie Starke, and Zoë Kravitz all caught the flick and after-party later at the Soho Grand Hotel. Rose Byrne professed that “it was one of my favorite books I read in school. It’s one of the seminal novels.” (The occasional guy has a soft spot for it too, like designer Thakoon Panichgul, at left with Wasikowska, who stopped by the bash.)

Another part of the draw was Wasikowska’s co-star, the handsome Michael Fassbender. (The duo also posed together for the April cover of W.) In the film, the actor takes on the conflicted role of Edward Rochester, a man who locks his mad wife up in the attic. “He’s a really troubled guy, almost bipolar you could say,” Fassbender described. Lucky for the ladies, his real-life persona was much more light-hearted. The actor revealed that Catcher in the Rye was his preferred classic. “Although,” he added with a laugh, “Winnie the Pooh was really the first book to make an impression on me.”

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Brits Do It Better


“The British, I think they just have a better sense of humor,” Dree Hemingway said last night at the after-party for English director Stephen Frears’ new film Tamara Drewe at the Crosby Street Hotel. She’d spent the rainy evening taking in a Cinema Society and Altoids-hosted screening and got a kick out of the dark comedy, which is adapted from the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. The dreary, perfect movie-watching weather brought her good company: Frears alum Glenn Close (who starred in the director’s award-winning Dangerous Liaisons), Matthew Broderick, and Dominic Cooper among them. Gemma Arterton (left), the film’s star and also on hand, laid claim to the moody drizzle. “I always bring the weather with me and I came from London,” the actress confessed.

While there weren’t any debonair spies for the former Bond girl this time around, Arterton’s character—a feisty journalist with a nose job—does spend the film wreaking havoc in the English countryside. It was shot on location, which makes it a homecoming, of sorts, for the actress. “I used to go to Somerset, which is the county next door, and it’s my favorite part of England. It’s most beautiful in fall,” she said. “Luckily, I’ve worked there twice already—see, I’m meant to be there!”

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