NO, NO NICOLE: This time, she clearly didn’t make it. After last year’s Nicole Kidman contretemps at the Council of Fashion Designer of America Fashion Awards, phantom or not, the actress had to deliver the unfortunate news on Monday that she would not be able to attend the night’s big event after being called back to Los Angeles to reshoot scenes for Robert Benton’s production of “The Human Stain.” (Last year, Kidman reportedly balked from attending after Penélope Cruz’s attendance was announced, although her publicists have firmly denied said events.)

This year, Kidman was to receive the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award, so she quickly took to the phones to line up a stand-in, the logistics of which were something to behold. At press time, the plan was for a PMK publicist to retrieve none other than past Fashion Icon recipient Lauren Bacall from another benefit for the Irish Repertory Theatre. Bacall was to be chauffeured to the New York Public Library to accept on Kidman’s behalf, then whisked back to her original plans. The connection? Kidman and Bacall became friends while filming two recent projects together — Lars von Trier’s“Dogville” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Birth.”

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