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BID THIS: The online world is beginning to look like a department store. EBay currently features a range of Knoll furniture that’s been customized by Stephen Sprouse in an auction that benefits the Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, in honor of the charity’s 20th anniversary. He marked up classic Mies van der Rohe and Saarinen designs, including white leather Mies Barcelona chairs, stools and couches and Saarinen’s Tulip side tables, for the auction, which ends on Sunday.
Meanwhile, as part of the National Coming Out Month celebrations, Absolut Out is hosting an auction of clothing donated by celebrities at its Web site, absolutout.com, to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Among the items for sale are Alan Cumming’s fake fur coat, an Agent Provocateur T-shirt autographed by Paris Hilton, a tank from Eve’s Fetish collection and a Prada dress from Milla Jovovich, plus other autographed memorabilia. As of Tuesday, the biggest draw on the apparel side was a scented teddy donated by Anna Nicole Smith, going for $810.
EYESCRATCHER: The As Four show Sunday evening was the scene of a few cat fights, not the least of which involved celebrity stylist Philip Bloch, who seemingly met his match in the front-row-seat department in Heather John, the Los Angeles Times Magazine’s senior editor. John graciously gave up her seat to pop star Björk, who wanted to sit beside her daughter’s daddy, American artist Matthew Barney. John was quietly escorted by p.r. firm People’s Revolution another seat, Bloch’s. Bloch, reportedly air-kissing models and celebrities backstage, discovered the switch only minutes before the show began. “This is my seat. This is my seat. I’ll physically remove you, and don’t think I won’t,” he threatened John. John refused to move and added an expletive to the exchange, prompting Bloch to run to People’s Revolution: “She called me an asshole.” Both settled on seats arms-length away from each other on either side of Flaunt founder Luis Barajas.
IN THE PINK: Shiva Rose McDermott was a no-show at Corey Lynn Calter’s show Monday night because her husband, Dylan, forgot to tell her about the Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front gala that he’d already RSVP’d to. To split the difference, his wife wore her pink lace Corey Lynn Calter frock to the event — and proudly gave the designer lip service all night, even though the brooch on the front of her dress came loose on the red carpet.
L.A. GHOST STORIES: This season, Ghost designer Tanya Sarne opted for a tea party and informal modeling of her spring collection Monday afternoon in her Robertson Boulevard boutique. “I wanted to participate in L.A. Fashion Week in some way, and I have so many friends here,” said the Londoner, who has a home here — and daughter, Claude Sarne, a recording artist who also did the music for Mum’s runway show. Sarne is also the honoree host at Thursday night’s Gen Art “Fresh Faces in Fashion” program, where she will present the winning rising accessories star with the $5,000 “Sass in a Glass” grant, sponsored by Florida Citrus Grapefruit Juice.
SURFIN’ SAFARI: The wave of 21st century surf movies doesn’t ebb. First there was “Blue Crush,” then “Step Into Liquid.” Now, surfwear maker Billabong is behind a documentary and project called “The Billabong Odyssey,” the search for the elusive 100-foot wave. Three years in the making, the 82-minute film trails surfers, including SoCal locals Brad Gerlach and Mike Parsons, who travel to France, Spain, Fiji, Hawaii, Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa and Maverick’s in Half Moon Bay, Calif., using jet-powered watercraft and weather-tracking technology to find the ultimate ride. In theaters Nov. 7, the film was screened Monday night in West Hollywood at the Rock Da House benefit fashion show for Covenant House California. As expected, Billabong wear gets heavy play in the documentary, according to Kim Peterson, Billabong’s group communications director.
“Everyone dreams about surfing,” she said, “but for those committed to terra firma, the movie is as close as they can get to the board-sport rush.”