Peggy Siegal and HBO hosted the premiere of the documentary Life is But a Dream at the Ziegfeld Theater last night, where Angela Bassett, Arianna Huffington, Mamie Gummer, June Ambrose, Russell Simmons and Annabelle Dexter-Jones all turned up for a first look at the Beyoncé produced movie by Beyoncé, about Beyoncé.
After a week of Armory parties, museum galas, and movie premieres, a little perspective was in order. After all, there is more to life than reporting on the cultural whims of the city’s 1%, right? (What we wouldn’t give for a dive bar to drink away our Friday night.) We compromised by going to the United Nations and celebrating International Women’s Day–a day late, but the Women in the World Conferencem of which the night was a part of, lasts 72 hours, so technically we were just celebrating outside the illusion of time–at the 3rd Annual Diane von Furstenberg Awards.
Sure, the room was jam-packed with stars eating shrimp cocktail: Ms. von Furstenberg herself, husband Barry Diller, Tina Brown, Fran Lebowitz, Diane Sawyer, Lauren Bush, Debra Winger, Oprah(tm), and, just for funsies, Jessica Alba. But the evening, sponsored by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor five women from around the globe who had “demonstrated leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields,” added an air of levity to the proceedings that might have been lacking at the Independent earlier in the week.