September 11, 2006 12:00 PM


Behind-the-seams stylist RACHEL ZOE stepped into the spotlight Aug. 25 at an A-list bash for her 35th birthday. The 150 guests (including clients LINDSAY LOHAN and NICOLE RICHIE and pals JESSICA BIEL and LEONARDO DICAPRIO) all feted the fashionista at Social Hollywood: The normally reserved Keira Knightley dirty danced with boyfriend RUPERT FRIEND; MISCHA BARTON took a mid-party catnap; DJ AM spun tunes and his ex, Richie, made out with new man BRODY JENNER. Summarizes a guest: “It was wild.”


How do stars prepare for the Emmys? With a pre-party schmooze-fest, of course. At ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s Aug. 26 event, HEIDI KLUM chatted up fellow Project Runway star TIM GUNN, while ZACH BRAFF made it a boys’ night with Scrubs costar DONALD FAISON. (No sign of Faison’s new gal pal Cacee Cobb.) The party at L.A.’s Republic also served as a Dancing with the Stars reunion for DREW LACHEY, STACY KEIBLER and next season’s HARRY HAMLIN, who tells Insider, “It’s a crash course! I [just] learned my first tango.”



Has MINNIE DRIVER fallen under the spell of illusionist CRISS ANGEL? The actress (above) was spotted holding hands with the Mindfreak star in Vegas Aug. 25 and disappearing into Tryst nightclub.

“I think their sense of humor ignites their relationship,” LISA RINNA tells Insider of her pals HEATHER LOCKLEAR and DAVID SPADE. “I can imagine Heather’s having a really good time.”

At L.A.’s Chateau Marmont Aug. 22, HEATHER GRAHAM (top left) cozied up to SCOTT SPEEDMAN (top right), who kept his arm around her. His rep had no comment; hers could not be reached.

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