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According to Malcolm Carfrae, the two requirements for a proper Australian bash are "beautiful people" and "plenty of alcohol." Both elements were on hand last night at The Skylark rooftop lounge, where Carfrae held his sixth annual Australians in New York Fashion Foundation summer cocktail party. Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Jason Wu, and Carfrae's fellow Aussie Julie Anne Quay all turned out, but there was a less ample supply of booze. "Australians drink a lot," confirmed Tome's Ramon Martin, who was co-hosting the party with his design partner, Ryan Lobo. Down at the Standard's East Village rooftop, Emporio Armani and Standard Sounds were throwing a little fete of their own. While Nightmares on Wax and Ewan Pearson deejayed, Mia Moretti, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Michael Avedon sipped vino and took in the sweeping views of lower Manhattan. Overheard: "I want it to stay summer forever; it feels like fashion week is just around the corner."

At the Museum of Modern Art, meanwhile, the Cinema Society and Mont Blanc-sponsored premiere of A Most Wanted Man was unusually solemn given the recent death of its star, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel of the same name. "The hardest part was to simplify such a magnificent book, which was a challenge with all the layers and the characters," director Anton Corbijn told "Most of all I wanted people to see how great Philip Seymour Hoffman is. I think he left an amazing performance behind." Mick Jagger and Pat Cleveland were in the after-party crowd. The latter took a glass-half-full approach to the serious evening: "We all have to die eventually—at least Philip got to die a star."

—Kristin Studeman and Todd Plummer

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