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,> party,,: ,: By Scoff Huver MOCA, Escada and Anjelica I got a tasm of the lifeslyie of tile Ladies Coolidge ("Best In Show") and Jadne Who I,unch recently when a mostly Pressly ("Jack and JilP'~ were positi~mcd female flock of fashionistas and art aft- promincntl) at tbe end o[ Ihe i~lnway, cionados assembled at the Regent Beverly while Ed Begley, Jr, the sole nlale celeb Wfishire on a balmy Beverly Hills aher- on vic,a, joined iluston al her table. noon The Mu%ctlnl of Contcmpc~rary Arl He may have nol had ninth time ~o chat (MOCAI Icanlcd with the hotel's in-resi wilb her ovm the salad, because while dence boutique Fscada and invegtlncut Huston a statuesque knockoul in ~,rangc firm Neuberger Berman t(~ throw a combo Escada--nlay have specialized Hi playing fashion ~,hov./lunche~m and Distinguished ~mlgb :is Ilads cbaracters nn ~crcen ~be Wotnen in the Arts awards ceremony and shuwcd bcr 1110[c clcganl and gracious, side when one ot Ihe bonorees is Oscar ~',ill as she glided to the stlrrounding tablet, and nirlg actress Anjelica Huston. you just greeted the many women wh() tallied (~tll know you can count on a good turn-ou~, to h(mor bet It was a decidedly decadent altcrno(m And while the crm~d seemed Ill bc ver} soiree as the Beverly Wilshire pulled out Escada-ndnded ill Ibeir lushitm sensd)ildy. all the slops to entertain over 50O guests in jaws dropped and eyebrows were raised its expansive bafirt~oms, and since 1 was when models wearing die houses 2(X}[ One of only a handful of male attendees, I Fail Collection began slrulting th~wn the didn't lack Ior attention from bt~th hotel calwalk. staff and my fellow guests There were skintight pants, AsEun qq/ere was the requisile smattering ol motifs, riotously colorful beading and celebrities in the crowd most seated at necklines dlat dared to plunge to places the same table, which even among Ibe elite Escada has rarely visited (",at [dtle areola gave off a bit of a "coot kids' clique" never hurt anyone," I overbeard one rn(~lt:l impression. Actresses Maria Conchila reassuring another who thoughl nlaybe AIonso, Sharon Lawrence, Kelly Hu, Bai more than her clothes were un display) Ling ("The Chris Isaac Show"), Jennifer The collecbon was definitely a bit more Badgley Miscbka t)r Gianni Versace in fla vol than the traditional Escada. and wbde tile wt)nlcn illlhe audience especially the younger crowd appreciated Ihc arli~lry Anlehca Houston stands between her husband RoOert Graham Itefl) and MOCa Lltrector Jeremy Stack ~d die Iqslmms, d was clear thal iillny ol ~bc boutique's regular cuslomels wclc wondering if they'd ever pull ofr Ihe rlcw h~ok Even Pressly, she ~d Ihc pcrlccfiy pri~p~rtiuned figure who once b~y dou- bled t~lr a young Drew Barrymore. sbook her head, slack jawed, al s~mc of ~hc more bt~ly-centric design~. And if Bcgley, one of Hollywood's mnsl vocal environmentalists, wa~ botbered by the predominance of fur, he didn't let cm Afier die high-energy show, artist Robert Graham tbe fine arts aspect of nne ol Ilollywood's major powe~couple equa- tions--presented his amour Huslon wtth a bmnze plaque designed exclusively for MOCA by artist Jenny Holzer, whose work teatures what she calls "truisms.' Huslon's plaque advised, "It is in your sell il/Ieres{ I(i find a way to he very tell der" One wonders what Huslon's steely eharaclers Irom "'Prizzi's Honor" or '"lbe Grilter~" would Ihink (d that scnbmcnb but [tuston cerladdy took it to hear1 "'Above all, d ix my bt)nof t~ be honored by y(m," she t(dd die cn~wd lbe du? s second Ilonoree was the mllu cabal zulisl P~arbara Kruger ~lu,sc work in known b)r challenging the s~ere~3 pcs and licb~)s (~1 tbe [nas~, cuhure's intcq~rc~a tlons (d identdy alld sexuality Iler Itighly lccl/gnizat~lc wt)rk black, wbue and led pbldo/tcxt im~rllages have been popping up altll(~se everywhere lately, and sbe, too. seemed k~tiched by die award and the event, which raised $125.(}01~ I~r MOCA education and oulteach proglanls Arl. Aniclica. Fscada and. yes. a little areola that. as pronli,.cd, didn'l huh any- Lunching wdh the Ladies.