LAUDER HONORS: Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos., will be awarded the Legion of Honor today by François Bujon de l’Estrang, the French ambassador to the U.S. During an evening ceremony at the consulate general’s residence in New York, Lauder will receive France’s highest decoration for civil achievement for helping to build her family’s business, contributing to French charities and founding the Breast Cancer Research Foundation nearly a decade ago. “I never dreamed when I was learning French in high school that I would be standing in the French consulate receiving an award like that,” Lauder remarked Tuesday. Lauder’s husband Leonard, the chairman of Estée Lauder, has received the medal three times and his mother, Estée, has received it once.
AN ITALIAN’S FEAST: Even though his other half wasn’t there, Domenico Dolce rented out Il Buco and hosted a private dinner for 50 luminaries Tuesday night. The guest list included such socialites as Rena Sindi, Tuleh’s Amanda Brooks and Samantha and Serena Boardman.
LOTS OF LACROIX: Guests at tonight’s Trophées des Arts Gala will not only be able to toast honoree Christian Lacroix, they can also buy his love. Among the items being auctioned to benefit the French Institute Alliance Français is a package that includes a $3,500 gift certificate for Lacroix merchandise at Saks Fifth Avenue, plus a ticket to his couture show in Paris next July and a cocktail with the designer afterward. Also up for bid is a portrait of Charlize Theron — wearing Lacroix — taken by Gilles Bensimon for Elle
FUNERAL SONG: Adidas wound up with some unexpected publicity at Tuesday’s funeral for slain DJ Jam Master Jason “Jay” Mizell. Pallbearers wore unlaced crown-toe Adidas sneakers, and other attendees also sported the brand as a sendoff to the Run DMC member known for his rap, “My Adidas.”
Unlike today, when rappers are paid to work brand names into their verse and brands like Reebok have held contests for aspiring rappers to do so, Mizell initially had no ties to Adidas in the early Eighties. Adidas later used Run DMC for occasional special events and provided them with products. Adidas declined to comment Tuesday, other than to say they are in close contact with his family and plan to do something in his honor at an appropriate time. An internal memo circulated at the company’s headquarters expressed the loss of “an Adidas family member and for some employees a close personal friend.”
PLAID AFFAIR: Expect a British invasion at Thursday night’s Burberry party for its new digs. On hand to celebrate the 57th Street store’s opening will be Viscount and Viscountess Linley, Lucy and Alice Sykes, Sophie Dahl, Hamish Bowles, Stella Tennant, Violet Fraser, Glenda Bailey, Mario Testino, Fabien Baron, Anne McNally, Eileen and Jerry Ford, Anne Slater, Vanessa von Bismarck and, of course, Nicky Hilton.