IVANA VISIT: Celine creative director Ivana Omazic made a pit stop in New York on Tuesday, when she was celebrated with a dinner in the library of the restaurant Buddakan. Jennifer Creel, Summer Tompkins, Lauren Davis, Mary Alice Stephenson, Ann Caruso, Milly de Cabrol and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, as well as many magazine editors, came out to greet the Paris-based designer, who admitted that her New York trip was just a tad too short. "There are so many exhibits, but I won't have time," Omazic lamented. "I have to go back. I have a lot of work to do."

DRIVING MISS CHARLOTTE: Designer Charlotte Ronson couldn't ever leave her eponymous clothing business and roots in New York to move to Los Angeles, even though her beloved twin, Samantha, lives in the City of Angels. Now that Charlotte is taking driving lessons in Manhattan, however, she might visit the car-obsessed West Coast more often. "I'm not comfortable looking in the mirror," Charlotte said of her drives on Riverdale Avenue, the West Side Highway and other thoroughfares slicing the Big Apple. But the effort is worth it. "I want to listen to the music I like [in the car]," she said.

The tunes played at the cocktail party last week for Charlotte at a private Mod-Mediterranean home in the Hollywood Hills — hosted by Nicole Richie, Kidada Jones and Samantha Ronson — seemed fit for a girly slumber party. The Eighties hit "All Night Long" by Nicole's father, Lionel, blasted from the speakers as guests nibbled on Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches and pink-frosted cupcakes. Samantha had the night off from her DJing gig, but on the following night, she took command of the turntables at jeans label Rock & Republic's bash at the nightclub Area in West Hollywood.

RINASCENTE'S REBIRTH: Milan department store La Rinascente threw a large party last week to fete its newly revamped beauty and accessories floors — the first fruits of chief executive officer Vittorio Radice's sweeping turnaround and upgrade of the retailer. Guests, including Ermenegildo Zegna chief Gildo Zegna, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino chairman Matteo Marzotto and Vittorio Missoni, observed the newly stocked shelves of Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi handbags as others buzzed about the cosmetics counter on the ground floor. Many a "finalmente" and "che bello" was uttered. "This is a very small step, there's still a lot to do," Radice said before Japanese group Tao began a drum-beating performance that reverberated throughout the store's first two levels.Louis Vuitton's Yves Carcelle stopped by to fete the large, two-tier Vuitton corner smack in the middle of Rinascente's ground floor between the two escalators. "Milan is one of the only cosmopolitan cities that didn't have a high-end department store," said Carcelle, who knows Radice well from the Italian executive's tenure at Selfridges in London. "Milan deserves this kind of store."

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