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Fashion Scoops: Montecito Mama … Pushing the Vote

<B>MONTECITO MAMA: Donatella Versace</B> has been enjoying the California sunshine and shopping. Last Friday, the designer stopped in the Montecito, Calif., boutique Dressed, near Santa Barbara, looking for a top to wear with a pink Versace suit that...

MONTECITO MAMA: Donatella Versace has been enjoying the California sunshine and shopping. Last Friday, the designer stopped in the Montecito, Calif., boutique Dressed, near Santa Barbara, looking for a top to wear with a pink Versace suit that was tucked in the trunk of her car. While purchasing the strapless Alison Trixie top, she announced, “This is a wonderful store, with some wonderful pieces. It has a real European flair.” Dressed, located on Coast Village Road, Montecito’s answer to Rodeo Drive, was also a stop for Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and local gal Oprah Winfrey this month.

PUSHING THE VOTE: Former California first lady Sharon Davis, whose husband, former governor Gray Davis, was ousted in last year’s gubernatorial recall election (the state’s $17 billion budget deficit didn’t help), is a believer in bargains. “I got this on sale for $44 at Talbots,” declared Davis, wearing a textured coat from the retailer and Max Mara slacks. She was on hand Wednesday at a Los Angeles City Council meeting to promote Women’s Equality Day being celebrated on Aug. 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as her four-month-old nonpartisan Web site, Shevotes.org, which encourages women to register to vote. It may be too late to save her husband’s job, but she thinks it can promote less campaign vitriol. “As a nonpartisan site, we can take away the negativity that turns women off in elections,” said Davis.

This story first appeared in the August 20, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.