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It was one party after another last week. On Tuesday, Michael Kors welcomed Blaine Trump, Gigi Mortimer, Marina Rust and the like into his store to celebrate Kors’ CFDA men’s wear nomination, and on Wednesday another graceful young Missoni, 19-year-old Jennifer, made her unofficial New York debut accompanying her parents, Judy and Luca Missoni, to a dinner in their honor to benefit the Parsons Dance Company. The zig-zag-clad clan, who lives near the knit company’s HQ in Florence, has been spending summers in the city since Jennifer was a baby. Now she hopes to live in Manhattan full-time. After graduating from high school, she’ll apply to New York University’s acting program.
“I feel very half-and-half,” she explained. She should. Her mother is American and her father is Italian. Missoni speaks English with a perfect American accent and can turn Brit on a dime, as she demonstrated at the party. “Everyone at school spoke with an English accent, but I spoke American at home,” she said. She can also do English with an Italian accent or French accent, too.
This story first appeared in the May 6, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Meanwhile, the supporters of the Central Park Conservancy gathered for cocktails at the Luca Luca boutique, including Coralie Charriol, Lisa Airan, Alexandra Lind Rose and Margot Streeter. The crew had much to celebrate — the upcoming June 4 gala, the 150th anniversary of the 850-acre New York landmark and the park’s current full bloom.
“After all,” said Blair Husain, who takes her four-month-old son there for a spin nearly every day, “Can anyone imagine what New York City would be like without Central Park?”
The next night in L.A., Ryan Haddon and Shiva Rose McDermott hosted a silent auction at the Tod’s boutique to benefit Caring for Children & Families with AIDS. Fashionable shoppers Cindy Crawford, Angela Bassett, Elisha Cuthbert, Ever Carradine and Gretchen Mol sipped icy coffee drinks while they outbid each other for Tod’s gear. “Honestly, it’s a deal,” reasoned Sarah Wynter, who made off with custom moccasins.
While Haddon opted for jeans, McDermott wore a girlish frock she’d been dying to wear for weeks. “My daughter told me I looked like a four-year-old baby in this,” she told Haddon.
“No,” Haddon said, “you just look like a babe.”