CHARITY SALE: Kim Basinger hasn’t always been known for the chicest of outfit choices (can anyone forget her ill-fated, homemade, white satin Oscar dress in 1990?), but on Thursday she’ll stake a claim to celluloid fashion icon status when Christie’s auctions off a selection of her film costumes and award ensembles as part of its biannual Film and Entertainment Memorabilia sale. Proceeds go to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a charity for abused and retired captive wildlife. Included in the 16 lots Basinger donated are several outfits from “9 1/2 Weeks”; an ivory silk brocade dress from “Batman,” estimated at $700 to $900; a full-length white chiffon gown from “L.A. Confidential,” estimated at $800 to $1,200, and the sleeveless celadon satin Escada Couture gown, Escada shoes and Kathrine Baumann Collectibles clutch the actress wore to accept her 1998 Academy Award, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500. Take that Joan Rivers.
LINGERIE LIAISONS: Queen Latifah will be expanding her role as spokeswoman for the Curvations bra brand by getting involved in the design process of creating fashion bras for full-figured women. Details of the rap performance artist and actress’ involvement in the design process will be unveiled at a press conference Thursday at the VF Intimates offices in New York. The expanded partnership will be part of a “21-year platform, something very ambitious,” said a VF spokeswoman, noting that Queen Latifah has been the $100 million brand’s “secret weapon” since 2002.
PICTURE PERFECT: Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Tom Sachs, Terry Richardson, Tara Subkoff and Rogan Gregory are expected tonight at Le Book and iD’s 25th anniversary blowout at Skylight Studios. Guests will get a glimpse of a retrospective showcasing collaborations with such designers as Maharishi, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix. Photography by Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth and Craig McDean will be on display. But like any major art happening, there will be room for commercialism. As a sponsor, Land Rover will show off its new Range Rover sport vehicle.
FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS: With two years to spare before its 100th birthday, the New York City taxi is getting a major makeover. The Design Trust for Public Space and Parsons School of Design are hosting a public workshop Thursday to share ideas. Kurt Andersen will guide the “Designing the Taxi” discussion as moderator, and writer Phil Patton and architects Bruce Fowle and Zack McKown will offer their two cents.