Bryce Dallas Howard James Marsden

Gus Van Sant’s new movie, Restless, will have you glued to your seat, tug at your heartstrings, and perhaps make you reevaluate your life.

This bittersweet film is about a young woman dying of cancer (played by Mia Wasikowska) who meets a quirky outsider (Henry Hopper) and falls in love, and the emotional roller coaster they endure during the days leading up to her death.

The audience at the Dior Homme and GQ sponsored Cinema Society screening on September 14 was visibly moved. "It was wonderful," said Patti Smith, fresh from her amazing performance at Webster Hall a week earlier.

Other notables in the audience included Usher, Debra Winger, Matthew Settle, Russell Simmons, and James Marsden.

"That was a harrowing walk," said pregnant co-producer Bryce Dallas Howard, stunning in an orange Dior gown that complemented her hair, after descending the stairs to make her speech. "This is my first time producing. It was incredible because I got to work with Gus Van Sant.”

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Douglas Hannant Patricia Clarkson

You’ve created a triumphant show. What's the best way to celebrate? Host a luncheon for your nearest and dearest, of course

Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson gave a beautiful lunch after their September 14 show at the Plaza. Just a short walk away from the ballroom where the show was held, the Palm Court was the perfect venue for guests, including Patricia Clarkson (left), to talk about everything from the spectacular clothes, to Fashion Week highlights, to politics, as they sipped champagne, wine or (mostly) water while finding their seats.

A recurring answer to the "What did you love about the show?" question was the cream color used in most of the clothes. Lydia Fenet, wearing red Missoni, loved the cream "because it looks great with my dark coloring. I wish it was going to be spring right now instead of the fall."

"There were blouses that were so beautiful—cream blouses that had embroidery, Moorish trim, amazingly feminine. It was all about the blouses for me," said Marcia Mishaan, wearing a plaid, baby doll Burberry dress.

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Tory Burch

Good news for Upper East Siders: The Tory Burch store on Madison and 67th Street is now open for business. Burch always does things right. The opening night party had a great vibe, complete with DJ Cassidy spinning. Beyoncé made an appearance, as did Serena Williams.

Daniel Romualdez, who designed the space, had a lot to be proud of: three floors of gorgeous carpeting and perfect display racks.

"What a great terrace," said Lisa Perry, in a dress of her own design, as we stepped into the outdoor space on the third floor, where waiters held trays of champagne, wine, water, and hors d'oeuvres.

A video art piece designed by graffiti artist James De La Vega, containing positive and motivational sayings by both the artist and Burch, was projected onto the building facing the terrace—genius.

"Are there styles available only at this location?" I heard an enthusiastic shopper ask. The answer is yes—yet another reason to shop here.

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valentino FIT award

Labor Day is over and done with, homes have been packed up, kids sent to school, and it’s time to get back to the New York City routine.

The FIT Couture Council luncheon felt like a reunion of sorts, for fashion insiders and fashion lovers alike.

Held at Lincoln Center, aka Fashion Week headquarters, in the David Koch Theater, the event was a celebration of this year’s Artistry of Fashion Award recipient, the incomparable Valentino.

Many of the guests wore red, the designer’s signature color, some in actual Valentino (Liz Peek), and some in various other designers, including Alexander McQueen (Lizzie Tisch), L’Wren Scott (Carol Mack). Bill Cunningham snapped away. (My money’s on red, or leopard, or a combination of the two, as the theme for his next column.)

“Did your house lose power? Was it flooded? Any damage? We didn’t have power until Friday,” was the general talk at the beginning of the affair. “Summer went by so fast, that hurricane cheated us.”

Kamie Lightburn, one of the event’s vice chairs, left her Rhode Island home on the Friday before. “My husband was so smart,” said Lightburn, wearing a black, gray and floral Valentino. “He thought we could lose power, so we’d be better off in the city. He was right.”

The summer clearly agreed with Ivanka Trump. Resplendent in Alberta Ferretti, and wearing jewelry, shoes and a handbag of her own design, the beautiful entrepreneur has lost all the baby weight.

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