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Let’s Do Brunch: Inaugural Edition


The Creative Coalition, the entertainment industry’s nonprofit advocacy group, hosted a day-long brunch in honor of the inaugural festivities. It was the perfect spot for the famous among us to celebrate the swearing in or warm up after having done so alfresco. A bundled-up Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Anne Hathaway popped in for a quick bite, while Alan Cumming beelined for the martini bar. Also spotted passing through were Sting, Trudie Styler, Adrian Grenier, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee. Not surprisingly, a rowdy and joyful cheer went up when former President Bush boarded his helicopter ride out of town. Matthew Modine mused on what the outcome of the election means for Americans. “To quote Full Metal Jacket, ‘It’s a big s–t sandwich and we’re all gonna have to take a bite,’ ” Modine said. “But the good news is, everybody’s smiling and saying, ‘OK, I’ll eat s–t.’ ” Guerlain hosted a makeup room for touchups in between the swearing in, parade, and balls. Between holding court with a gaggle of starstruck teenage girls, Josh Lucas kept popping in to get lip gloss—for himself. (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.) Most guests headed out in the late afternoon for some downtime before tonight’s ball circuit. On his way out Tim Daly joked, “They’re not really balls. They’re more like bar mitzvahs—a bunch of dressed-up people standing around eating finger food.”

all in la famille: comptoir des cotonniers opens


The comfy-chic Parisian label Comptoir des Cotonniers opened its first U.S. outpost last night with the help of Susan Sarandon and her daughter, Eva Amurri. Walking the red carpet together, the two filled us in on family style—a prime theme for the fashion house. “I used to ask her if I could pick out her outfits. I wanted to be her stylist,” said Amurri. “Yes, the tips only come this way,” said Sarandon, pointing from her daughter to herself. “Eva is way more savvy. I didn’t get that gene. I just tell her don’t smoke, wear sunblock. But fashion-wise, no. Although I just gave her one of my Oscar dresses that Tom Ford did for me. And we wear the same shoe size, but I can’t wear high-high heels, so she has inherited some of the more difficult ones.” Think your mother-daughter style deserves a spot in Comptoir des Cotonniers spring/summer ’09 campaign? The brand is inviting families of the non-celeb variety to hit the 155 Spring Street location this Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. for castings. The lucky New Yorkers selected will be flown to Paris for a photo shoot and will also participate in the SS09 fashion show.

Photo: Amber De Vos/

blasblog: susan sarandon honored by montblanc


It’s been said that a good hostess ensures that her party has three things: laughter, tears, and some form of entertainment. Well, at Tuesday’s luncheon and awards ceremony for the Montblanc de la Culture Award at the Angel Orensanz Center, which went this year to Susan Sarandon, that hostess would have had a grand ol’ time. The schedule’s mistress of ceremonies, Whoopi Goldberg, provided the laughter; Sarandon herself provided the tears when her 14-year-old son Miles Robbins performed an original song to honor her acceptance of the award; and the entertainment came in the form of legendary tapper Savion Glover, who dedicated one of his sets to the Oscar-winning actress. The annual award also honors charitable foundations of the recipient’s choice. Sarandon picked two: Pandas International and Responsibility, a Mexico-based charity started by David Lynch, which raises awareness and financial support for young people in the arts. “The arts. Empowerment. Reaching out to new places,” she said. “It’s important to give our kids stuff to accomplish, because without fostering the imagination you can’t make the world better.”

Photo: RD/Leon/Retna Digital

background information on chris benz


When Chris Benz puts on a show, he really puts on a show. For his runway debut, Benz decided to can the catwalk and put his clothes onstage at the 37 Arts theater, where attendees including Byrdie Bell, Susan Sarandon, and Taylor Momsen trooped to see the designer’s punchy-paletted, all-American Spring ’09 collection. Benz’s experiment worked—but a few people were wondering about the onstage backdrop. Had Benz adapted himself to some set design already installed at the theater, or had he commissioned the jumble-shack backdrop for the show? And if so—what did the set mean? “Oh, it doesn’t mean anything,” Benz explained. “A friend of mine made it, and I barely gave him any direction at all. I think what I said was, I’ve got this huge space, and I want something painted, and I want it to look like a pile.” Inspired nonsense: Perhaps Benz has a future in the footlights, after all.

Photo: Marcio Madeira