DINING WITH TOM: Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier was in New York last week, hosting a dinner for friends at Sky Studios, with Rocco DiSpirito acting as private chef and Robert Isabell creating a decor for the likes of Jeff Klein, Kimora Lee Simmons, Damon Dash, Lulu Kwiatowski and Susan Fales-Hill. The next day, Cornelia Guest threw a lunch at Cipriani for the visiting designer and friends like Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia, Kathy Hilton and Marilyn Gaulthier.

GREEN AND GREEN: Boston’s emerald necklace (the one made of its parks and beloved Public Gardens) was the cause celebré at the Green & White Bash May 30, held at the city’s Ritz Carlton and under the stars. Chanel sponsors the annual fete, which raises money so the famous swan boats can glide around the gardens, the fountains burble and the Park Rangers recover those children who wander from their parents. This year, $102,000 was raised in the evening’s auction alone. Final figures weren’t available at press time.

“Arie feels so connected to the charities here, particularly the Public Garden,” a Chanel spokeswoman said, referring to Boston native and Chanel president Arie Kopelman.

Many lovelies turned up clothed head-to-toe in the label, including several who reside Eloise-like at the Ritz and fritter their days in the first-floor boutique. “I spend way too much time in there,” admitted Ruth Remis, one such guilty party.

CIA director George Tenet and Robert and Sandy Krakoff, parents of Coach creative director Reed Krakoff, were also in attendance. While Tenet was guarded about national secrets, the elder Krakoff was concerned about companies prying into the secret of his son’s and Coach’s success.

“I know they study him,” joked Krakoff. “I just hope they don’t figure it out.”

SAVILLE SHOW: London’s Design Museum has opened its doors to the first retrospective of the British art director, Peter Saville. Best known for his record sleeve designs in the late Seventies and Eighties, Saville worked with bands including Joy Division, New Order, the Buzzcocks and Wham. After founding the fabled Manchester record label, Factory Records, Saville went on to work for designers including Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, Hubert de Givenchy and Pringle, as well as art institutions including the Pompidou Center. He is currently working on the Pirelli calendar with photographer Nick Knight.“The Peter Saville Show” showcases “Madchester” memorabilia including Factory Record posters, sketches, flyers and record sleeves and fashion work. There are the Yamamoto ad campaigns that Saville art directed in the Nineties, and pieces from Raf Simmons’ fall 2002 collection that Saville helped create. The show, which opened last week, runs until Sept. 14.

SPOTTED: British artist Damien Hirst is moving from the gallery to the great outdoors. The artist has put his trademark spot design on a new boat that plies the Thames along London’s Southbank, stopping at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. The $3.3 million Australian-built catamaran has been nicknamed the Tate to Tate, and boasts 2,500 spots in 35 colors. During the 18-minute journey between museums, passengers can watch a video featuring Hirst’s contemporaries, Anish Kapoor and Sam Taylor-Wood, talking about the galleries. The boat art is free — but a ticket to ride is $7.

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