FASHION FIRST: No one was more pleased than Bill Blass chief executive officer Michael Groveman to see images of Laura Bush wearing a Bill Blass gown at President Bush's dinner Monday night for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. While visiting the Bill Blass showroom last month, the First Lady hinted to staffers that she planned to wear the gown for a presidential occasion, but did not specify which one.

For the black-tie affair, The First Lady wore a long-sleeve, yellow and orange floral chiffon dress with cascading ruffles, accenting the State Dining Room's saffron-colored silk tablecloths draped with gold overlays. The 134-guest affair was an "official dinner," because Singh is a head of government, not a head of state. The Bush's limited entertaining is said to have more to do with the president's early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule than with this year's departure of executive chef Walter Scheib III.

During her African tour last week, the First Lady also broke out her Bill Blass, donning a rust-colored suit for one appearance.

POOL PARTY
: The red-hot Roosevelt Hotel was the scene of dueling parties Monday night. At one end of the David Hockney-designed pool, Roosevelt owner Jason Pomeranc and his girlfriend, Christian Dior public relations director Ali Wise, hosted a sit-down dinner for about 20 people, including Nicole Richie, Adam Goldstein and Sara Foster. At the other end, Amanda Demme held court with Amy Sacco and Tracey Ross to celebrate Ross' birthday.

Guests at that soiree included Lisa and Eric Eisner, Jacqui Getty, Roman Coppola, Michelle Hicks, Alexandre von Furstenberg, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer. As the night wore on, the crowd grew and eventually merged, and temporary resident Lindsay Lohan (who occupied the Marilyn Monroe suite) showed up to clear out her bags — all 30 of them — because she just bought a new place in West Hollywood. She won't get to move in just yet; the starlet is busy penning two movie scripts and more song lyrics, and says she doesn't have time for a boyfriend, though her latest girl crush is Natalie Portman, whom she met in New York last week. "She's just the sweetest thing ever," Lohan said.DRESS-UP GAME: PlayStation addicts soon will be able to fire away more fashionably. The electronic games giant, owned by Sony Computer, has tapped 10 fashion designers to up its console's style quotient. Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Fendi and Miu Miu, among others, will create limited-edition cases for the handheld PlayStation Portable. The designer accoutrements will go on display at Colette in September for one month before going on sale in time for Paris Fashion Week.

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