Much to the delight of shoe fetishists the world over, the vast collection of Imelda Marcos‘ high and low heels, gowns and jewelry are the focus of a bidding war between Christie’s and Sotheby’s. It comes after the Philippine government sent out feelers about getting rid of the collection it recovered from the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family after they fell from power in the mid-Eighties. Ferdinand died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, and when Imelda returned to her native country in 2001 she was arrested and charged with corruption, having amassed an illegal fortune alleged to be up to $5 billion during her husband’s regime. Her notorious closet held more than 3,000 pairs of shoes (size 8 1/2), 500 brassieres, 200 girdles (size 42), and a bulletproof bra, in case anyone wanted to shoot off one or two of the 500. The auction will most likely be in two parts, possibly in time for holiday shopping. Well, listen, I can wait if you can.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — yes, them again — are said to be taking the “happy little family” image to the next level by holding a blessing for Jolie’s two adopted children, Maddox, 4, and baby Zahara, sometime after the first of the year. Angelina doesn’t want to limit her children to one faith, so a nondenominational ceremony is planned featuring an Asian temple and altar that Brad is designing for his Malibu house. It’s rumored the affair will cost the couple more than $1 million, probably an exaggeration, but the whole thing is adding fuel to the bonfire that another ceremony may take place at the same time. I’m getting a little bit fed up with Angelina and Brad, and you can throw in Leo and Gisele and Sienna and Jude. Aren’t you? However, the talk, talk, talk, goes on.

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Speaking of the above, Leonardo DiCaprio — do you believe this — was seen in the company of Sienna Miller last week at a club in Los Angeles. They were described as appearing quite chummy — whatever that means — as they talked and sipped drinks in a corner of the room. They were careful not to have their picture taken together and when they did leave, it was not at the same time, in an effort to avoid the lurking paparazzi who would have had a field day with those shots. All this tra-la-la gives a tiny bit more credence to the story that Gisele Bündchen has left Leo once again because he won’t get off the dime and pop the question. Of course, this is all a repetitious soap opera, but repetitious soap operas have run daily for years.

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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Mick Jagger‘s great, big, tall girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, is stirring things up backstage as she tries to get the Rolling Stones to turn over a new leaf on their latest tour. Scott, a 38-year-old former model-turned-stylist has allegedly been nicknamed “Yoko Ono” behind her back, referring to the way Yoko was accused of causing trouble for The Beatles after she got her hands and everything else on John Lennon. L’Wren is accused of trying to get the Stones to clean up their act and live healthier lives. She’s got her sights set on lifelong chain smokers Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, pushing them to quit. She also can’t stand their appearance, but she’s running into the iron wills of Wood, who refuses to take off his Ugg boots, and Richards, who said his trademark bandanna and bare chest are here to stay and keep out of my way. Scott, who is 6 feet 4 inches, also wants the backstage decor revamped. Everything from curtains to tablecloths is coming under her scrutiny, much to the dismay of the 200-plus people in the rock group’s entourage, who are grumbling over every change. One person getting a chuckle from this whole silly mess is Jagger’s ex, Jerry Hall, who finds it all rawther amusing, don’t you know.

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Truman Capote, as we all should know by now, is hot, hot, hot all over again, what with Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s wonderful portrayal of Tru in the just-released film “Capote.” Still another biographical film, “Have You Heard” — with Toby Jones as Capote and a cast that includes Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee, Gwyneth Paltrow as Peggy Lee, Sigourney Weaver as Babe Paley, Isabella Rossellini as Gloria Guinness and Hope Davis as Slim Keith — is filming in Texas and New York at the moment. And now, Random House has announced that Truman’s first novel, “Summer Crossing,” long lost until it was discovered among a collection of his memorabilia last year, will be published later this month.

“Summer Crossing” was written in the early Forties but left to languish several years later when the author began “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” the book that would make him famous (Capote always claimed to have destroyed the “Summer Crossing” manuscript, but Truman never let the truth get in the way of a good story).

The novel revolves around a young social type named Grady McNeil, who is reminiscent of Holly Golightly, the heroine of Truman’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” played so famously by Audrey Hepburn. Hollywood is said to have expressed an interest in turning “Summer Crossing” into a vehicle for a Hepburn of the new millennium. Are you listening, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Audrey Tautou and Winona Ryder? Any of the above?

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Christine Schwarzman, the philanthropic wife of the billionaire philanthropic financier Stephen Schwarzman, is the chairman of The American Hospital of Paris Foundation’s International Designer Showhouse Opening Night Gala honoring the decorator’s decorators, Albert Hadley and John Stark, at The Pierre hotel on Oct. 18. On the committee are such worthies as David Rockefeller, Lee Annenberg, Annette de la Renta, Andrea Stark, Charlotte Moss, and Olivia de Havilland and Jana Bullock, who donated the Beaux Arts mansion at 9 East 67th Street, where 26 designers and artists will show their wares. La!

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The day she looks too old for her 34-year-old husband David Arquette, Courteney Cox, 41, says she will run, not walk, to the nearest plastic surgeon. She tries not to let the age thing bother her — “unless I ever look at the screen when we’re working together and think, “Oh my God, I look so old next to him.'” What a way to live, but that’s showbiz.

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Blaine Trump, just back from touring the vineyards and sampling the fine wines of California’s Napa Valley, is leaving soon for a rustic (well, not that rustic) long weekend in Scotland. From there, she’ll hop over to London to visit her dear friend — and Wonder Woman — Lynda Carter, who is now appearing on the West End boards in “Chicago.”

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