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“Everyone’s too hot for words,” purred Jacqui Getty, doing her best Jane Russell imitation. But hot was an understatement at Sunday afternoon’s Dior Dance for Life in Honor of Aaliyah in Los Angeles, benefiting the memorial fund in the singer’s name. Quincy Jones, who considered her something of an adopted seventh daughter, turned his Bel Air estate into a makeshift club. (Proceeds from sales of the Dior Sport shoe at the event and in U.S. stores through Sunday are earmarked for the fund.)
Gwen Stefani channeled a Jamaican vibe in the Rastafarian-flavored dress John Galliano sent, an advance look at Dior’s spring 2004 collection. “My God, look! It says reggae and ska on my hip!” Stefani noted. “I’m not sure if John planned it or not, but who cares? It’s mine now.”
This story first appeared in the August 7, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The only accessory more ubiquitous than the pink and red folding fans handed out at the party were children accompanied by their parents. Brandy propped her baby on one hip and co-host Damon Dash came with his 10-year-old son, Boogie. But Victoria Beckham, in town to finish up work on her next album, came without her two kids.
When the temperature dropped, the dance floor was finally put to use. The magnums of Veuve Clicquot were drained, but Dior USA president Marla Sabo wasn’t going to let that stop the party at the prescribed 6 o’clock hour. “We’ll keep going until we run out of booze,” she happily declared.