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NAKED MODELS: As if that kicker wasn’t enough of an attention grabber, model Maggie Rizer has big plans for this year’s edition of “Viva Glam Casino,” the third annual benefit she has hosted with MAC Cosmetics to benefit DIFFA. After two years of staging the event at Cipriani 42nd Street, the venue is moving to the larger Regent Wall Street to accommodate a crowd expected to include Gisele Bündchen, Milla Jovovich, Angela Lindval and Jacquetta Wheeler.
This year’s theme is “diamonds,” Rizer said, and the goal is to break the $1 million mark in money raised for the charity. For the invitation to the June 25 event, Rizer posed in body paint, covered with Swarovski crystals and Harry Winston diamonds, which should give some indication of just how far she’s willing to go for the cause.
“We’re looking into the possibility of a strip poker room,” Rizer said. “Well, not completely strip poker, but there will be some different games. Maybe darts?”
HIP-HOP AT HENRI: Damon Dash’s Rocawear line is headed to Henri Bendel for a test run.
The hip-hop impresario’s streetwear company is designing pieces exclusively for Henri Bendel that are set to hit the store at the end of October. “They’re not in my market, and I’m not in theirs. Any retailer that isn’t trying to expand their customer base isn’t doing their job as far as I’m concerned,” said Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager at Henri Bendel.
“It’s here to stay,” said Burstell, of the burgeoning streetwear market. “It’s a segment of the business that’s only going to get bigger.”
CAVIAR CAPERS: Another caviar eatery is slated to touch down on Paris’ Place de la Madeleine this December — and its patron will be none other than Pierre Bergé. But combative Bergé insists he’s not out to ignite a caviar war by opening his second branch of Prunier right next door to Caviar Kaspia, popular with the fashion crowd and Tom Ford. “Let me cut you off before you ask that next question,” he said. “Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier are all on the Place Vendôme. On the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré are Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. I wasn’t going to open a caviar restaurant behind the Austerlitz train station.” Bergé, who purchased the landmark Art Deco Prunier three years ago, said the new 50-seat restaurant should open in December, with a Jacques Granges Art Deco interior. A boutique will occupy the ground level, with a dining room on the first floor. Meanwhile, Bergé said that he and Yves Saint Laurent initiated construction on their former couture headquarters at 5 Avenue Marceau — which is slated to become a museum. “It should be completed by December,” he said. “The first exhibition will be devoted to Saint Laurent and open during the January couture.”
GIRL POWER: Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the anime-style cult cartoon characters known as The Powerpuff Girls, are going designer. Their creator, Craig McCracken, has teamed up with London-based designer Marcus Lupfer to produce an exclusive clothing line for Topshop, the London street fashion mecca. The animated crime fighters will appear on cotton tank tops and T-shirts made from silk or chiffon. Sweatshirts will be printed with graffiti-style designs in the simple, bold colors of the cartoons. Starting Saturday, Topshop will host a Powerpuff Girls week with in-store events including an in-house Powerpuff Girls cartoon illustrator, T-shirt customization and the chance to win a trip to Tokyo.
CHARITY CASE: Philanthropy does have its drawbacks, such as droopy eyes and a depleted bank account, yet the Calvin Klein crew has trooped around town for several benefits over the past two weeks and keeps on ticking. Following Monday’s American Image Awards, where Phillips-Van Heusen chairman and chief executive Bruce Klatsky was honored, the Klein staff came out on Tuesday to sponsor a Sanctuary for Families benefit that included among its chairs Lynda and Tom Murry, the president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein.
“It takes a lot of time and we’re up late a lot of nights, but it’s all for a good cause,” said Murry. “It’s worth it.”
Meanwhile, Barry Schwartz, the former chairman of CKI, found himself besieged by questions of a different sort, now that he is focused on his job as chairman of the New York Racing Association. Guest after guest came by to get his take on Funny Cide, the gelding who’s aiming to win the Triple Crown at Belmont next month.
“I think he’s got a very good chance,” Schwartz said. “I know that the president of Chile called Jose (Santos, the jockey) yesterday. He’s so excited.”
TOASTING HERVE: Hervé Pierre, the charismatic design director of Carolina Herrera, was toasted Monday night by Nathalie Kaplan, Anne Grauso and Tara Rockefeller, who held the cocktail in her Gramercy Park home, which happens to be in Manhattan’s oldest co-op building. It drew a crowd of fashion editors and out-about-towners including Jennifer Creel, Jill Roosevelt, Amy Fine Collins and Helen Schifter, not to mention Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera and their daughter, Patricia Lansing.
Rockefeller will wear a coral Carolina Herrera cocktail dress to an upcoming wedding and Grauso — whose husband is Mario Grauso, president of Carolina Herrera Ltd. — will wear a Herrera gown to the CFDA awards next month. That leaves Kaplan singled out, but not to worry, she has an appointment with the house next week.