party report, breakthrough performances

Breakthrough Performances
Vogue Celebrates Its New Cover Stars, and Ryan Screens Fracture

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

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The Gramercy Roof Club isn’t the only game in town. The freshly opened Bowery Hotel was the scene for a candlelit Vogue party on Tuesday night. Upon entering the new space, guests were greeted by a larger-than-life poster of the magazine’s May cover, featuring “the world’s next top models” in white Gap shirts designed by CFDA winners Thakoon, Doo.Ri, and Rodarte. “My college friends are calling me from California, saying, ‘We just walked past your billboard,’ ” said Laura Mulleavy, one half of Rodarte’s sister act. “This is our big ‘fame’ moment.” Mannequins Raquel Zimmermann, Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, Doutzen Kroes, and Chanel Iman were on hand to celebrate their own time in the spotlight. But all eyes were on musician-cum-model Irina Lazareanu, who couldn’t help but bust out a little boogie in between photo ops. “This is AC/DC,” she pointed out. “How can you not dance to that?”

Further downtown, at the Cinema Society screening in the Tribeca Grand, Ryan Gosling promoted his new movie, Fracture. In the film, he portrays a gung ho district attorney charged with bringing a cunning Anthony Hopkins to justice. “Working with Anthony was a thrill,” said the actor. “My favorite film of his is Magic, a movie I watched when I was a kid. He plays a ventriloquist.” Apparently Hopkins’ dummies made a lasting impression. Gosling’s next project, Lars and the Real Girl, is about a guy who falls in love with a sex doll. Lower those eyebrows. “It’s actually fabulous,” said Gosling’s mother, Donna. Her son agreed, promising, “It’s more romantic than The Notebook.”

At the Pierre hotel, meanwhile, Women in Need honored Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Steve Sadove. With the help of his designer pals Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Peter Som, and Cynthia Steffe, as well as famous friends Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas, the retailer raised over $1.5 million for the charity.

— Sarah Cristobal (Vogue) and Alison Baenen (Fracture)