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Mick Flick celebrated his 50th birthday Saturday by looking to the future. Nearly 200 guests were invited to the Puck Building in New York for Flick's virtual-reality-themed party. In addition to futuristic decorations, the party included a virtual-reality ski slope where guests strapped on a vest, grabbed some poles and watched themselves ski Deer Valley on a big screen. Daphne and Spyros Niarchos, Philippe and Victoria Niarchos, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Susan Gutfreund, Astrid Kohl, Andrea de Portago, Hilary and Galen Weston and Christian Goldsmith were among the guests. Nearly the only thing about the evening that wasn't futuristic was the entertainment: The Temptations performed.

In Monday's USA Today, Anne Rice responded to Karl Lagerfeld's alleged slagging off (in Friday's USA Today) of Tom Cruise's performance in "Interview With the Vampire" by saying, "...the idea that this jerk would say that...I detest the man and I suggest he take off his dark glasses." Reached Monday, Lagerfeld denied he'd even made an offending remark: "I adore Tom Cruise, but I thought the book was a lot better than the film. It's a great book, and she should know vampires always wear black glasses. But Tom's not a vampire--he's too nice an American boy for that."

Charles Churchward has been named design director of Vogue, succeeding Raul Martinez. Churchward, who was the executive design director of Vanity Fair, is succeeded by David Harris, VF's art director. Martinez resigned last month to pursue other interests, including art directing some of Steven Meisel's ad campaigns. Among those approached for the job were Rolling Stone's Fred Woodward, who was convinced to stay putby Jann Wenner. "Everyone's first choice is Fred Woodward," said Wenner.

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