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Parties: Socialites and Stars at the P.S. Arts Bag Lunch

There were so many thin-and-rich females gathered at the Beverly Hills mansion of Juicy Couture owner Pamela Skaist-Levy on Wednesday afternoon it was obvious that there was something serious going on. But why were they all smiling, laughing, and jostling for position?

It was all about shopping, actually, and the bags – pocketbooks, totes, tiny jewel-encrusted evening purses – bearing labels like Prada, Gucci, Cartier, Judith Lieber, Tory Burch, Dolce & Gabbana, that had been donated to support the P. S. Arts “Bag Lunch” charity initiative that funds bringing the arts back to public-school children (www.psarts.org).
Nicky Hilton at the PS Arts Bag Luncheon in Beverly Hills.Nicky Hilton at the PS Arts Bag Luncheon in Beverly Hills.
Women like actresses Sophia Bush (in blue, pictured above), Rebecca Gayheart, Joy Bryant, and Jessica Capshaw went toe-to-toe with socialites Jamie Tisch, Jacqui Getty, Quinn Ezralow, and scary-skinny stylist Rachel Zoe for a chance to get at the tables piled high with handbags; bidding on all began at 60 percent off the retail. Quite the savings, really, when you consider that you could grab a Loree Rodkin patent-leather tote that retails for $4175 for just $1670! Calista Flockhart.Calista Flockhart.

That may sound like a lot of dough to spend on a purse, but as Kristin Davis, who wore a pretty pink sheath from her own clothing line, the Kristen Davis Collection (find the line at www.belk.com), explained, “I come to this event every year, because I love P.S. Arts for so many reasons, partly because my wonderful stylist Elizabeth Stewart organizes the event every year. And also it’s kinda fun, everything is donated, and you get to see bags that haven’t even come out yet, and bid on them. And know that the money goes to a good cause, not just to the company that makes the bags.”

"Sex and the City" star Kristen Davis and stylist Elizabeth Stewart at the PS Arts Bag Luncheon.“Sex and the City” star Kristen Davis and stylist Elizabeth Stewart at the PS Arts Bag Luncheon.

Davis, who will start the big-screen sequel to “Sex and the City” in August, revealed that the four stars are still in the dark about where their on-screen lives will be heading.

“We haven’t even seen a script yet!” she giggled. “But that won’t stop us, we have a release date already.”

Inside the "Pool House" at the Skaist-Levy home.Inside the “Pool House” at the Skaist-Levy home.

Nicky Hilton made the scene, too, along with Calista Flockhart and Lisa Rinna, who gushed to Skaist-Levy that she had to come, “just to get a look at your house.” And quite the “house” it is, a massive grey brick mansion with a terraced front lawn that sports a large swimming pool and a “pool cabana” that looks like most peoples’ homes, where a calorie-counting luncheon was served and then “ladies who lunch” – the ones that actually ate, anyway – picnicked out on the lawn.

Picnic by the pool.Picnic by the pool.

Unfortunately, the stone steps heading down to the picnic area were fraught with danger, as teetering tinys in too-high-heels kept falling down them and bashing their knees. As too-funny “Afterbirth” writer-comedian Dani Klein Modisett joked as we watched them tumble, one after another, that “These women should eat a meal, they’d have the strength to walk if they did!”

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