Kicking off the packed pre-Golden Globe weekend, Krista Smith, Vanity Fair’s Wicked Witch of the West Coast, threw a petite bash for MAC cosmetics’ new Beauty Icon — legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve — at the Chateau Marmont Friday night.Catherine Deneuve

As it happens, Deneuve’s not-terribly-revealing “Proust Questionnaire” does not appear in the current issue of VF:  What is your greatest fear? “War.” What do you consider the most overrated virtue? “Beauty.” Who or what is the greatest love of your life? “Nature.” What is it that you most dislike? “Insects.”

Perhaps someone should tell Madame that nature simply wouldn’t exist without a few bugs.

Deneuve’s complex interior life is apparently no match for the current issue’s cover story on a bikini-bare Lindsay Lohan. Yet another sign (including the recent Paris Hilton and Jennifer Aniston covers) that the once-respected cultural journal is desperately trying to capture the illusive and illiterate Us Weekly, Star and In Touch readership.

Le Femme de L’heure (the VF party invite specified 8-9 P.M.) sat perched on a low chair in the corner of the crowded sixth floor penthouse party, smoking an incredibly skinny cigarette and wearing a be-jeweled black Lanvin suit.

She greeted fans and Hollywood fashion icons such as PR fashion power house Marilyn Heston, super-stylist Rachel Zoe, Phillip Bloch, star of the new “Style Me” makeover show, and a prettily pregnant Mira Sorvino. VF editor Graydon Carter and that handsome hotelier Andre Balazs were hobnobbing on the party’s patio overlooking the Sunset Strip. But within the anointed hour, Deneuve slipped away to a private dinner in the Chateau’s lobby restaurant.

“She only wears YSL and Lanvin,” whispered a top M.A.C. exec, hinting that Deneuve will undoubtedly wear one of the two when she presents an award at Monday’s Golden Globes.

The acclaimed actress follows the very high heels of Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross as M.A.C Icon spokesmodel and posed for photos at the WeHo store Friday morning. She was also very involved with the line, actually personally designing the colorful Harlequin powder compact covers. “The compact cases are usually black but the print and the green and violet colors were Catherine’s idea,” marveled a MAC makeup artist.

Genius. Pure genius.

Photo: Catherine Deneuve displays her latest work of beauty, MAC cosmetics’ "Beauty Icon" cosmetic line, at the boutique on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
(Jeff Vespa / WireImage)

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