MAGIC STARS: In Las Vegas, a town not unknown for its celebrity quotient, MAGIC International is drawing some star power of its own. Actress Sela Ward hosted the opening night cocktail party Monday, which was followed by a Gipsy Kings concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, both benefiting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Hope Village for Children. On Tuesday, hip-hop stars Ashanti and Ja Rule promoted ErbingGeoffrey Denim; Tyrese modeled a diamond-buttoned coat for Pelle Pelle; Motley Crüe rocker Nikki Sixx and wife Donna D’Errico promoted their line Dragonfly; rapper Bowwow (formerly Lil’) hawked his new line Shaggo, while Outkast, Jackie Chan (who also walked the runway) and others represented their signature lines.

Even a few reality show favorites hit the scene: Randy Jackson of “American Idol” was spotted asking for a credential and Malik from MTV’s “Real World-New York” shot hoops in a celeb basketball tournament with Nelly. Over at the Sands Expo, Tommy Mottola accompanied Thalía, out hawking her new line for Kmart, while Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons were on hand for Baby Phat. And Eve lands today for a party at Prana in the Desert Sands to launch her line Fetish.

Elsewhere in Sin City on Monday, hip-hop superstar Nelly ended a nationwide search for the spokesmodel embodying his new Apple Bottoms sportswear brand. In front of a packed house at Rain, the nightclub in the Palms Hotel, six finalists strutted down a runway between breakdancers, shaking their assets for the crowd, before Nelly pronounced that New Yorker Kristina Bezanis, 21, would get the title, the ruby and diamond pendant and all the Apple Bottoms she could shake her booty in.

“The demand was there for a line that celebrates the curves of a woman’s body,” said Nelly. “I like regular girls, not runway models.”

POST TIME: Win or lose, racing fans at Saratoga Racetrack got something for nothing Monday. Stacks of the New York Post were being doled out for free throughout the grounds. When a few passersby declined, one fervent newsboy called out, “They make great seat covers!”A TALE OF TWO CITIES: Antwerp’s recently opened Mode Museum, or MoMu, will explore the exchange of commerce and ideas in textile design and art between Antwerp and Genoa in the 17th and 18th centuries. Why those two cities in particular? Antwerp once imported much of its silk from Genoa, while many of the city’s Flemish painters worked in the Italian port city. The exhibition, which runs Sept. 9-March 28, has been curated by the Sardinian-born, Antwerp-based designer, Angelo Figus, and juxtaposes Italian and Belgian textiles with paintings from the same period. In addition, works by Anton Van Dyck and Frans Denys will hang alongside contemporary textiles created by Italian and Belgian designers, including Gianfranco Ferré, Roméo Gigli, Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. MoMu director Linda Loppa said the show would “give a modern interpretation of the Baroque.”

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