PARK PLACEMENT: Donna Karan knows an opportunity when she sees one. When her co-host Evelyn Lauder ran more than an hour late to a luncheon they threw Wednesday at the Donna Karan store on Madison Avenue for New Yorkers for Parks, Karan whipped out a tube of her newest scented lotion, Black Cashmere, and began massaging guests’ hands with it.
“I love this store so much, I wish I could move it into my apartment,” said Karan, who has a renewed appreciation for the city’s parks since moving into her new Central Park West digs — equipped with a runway — before the holidays. “I do my yoga practice as the sun rises over the park. “But I’m never home for sunset.”
LONDON CALLING: Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro are returning to the London catwalks after three seasons showing the Clements Ribeiro line in Paris. “It was crippling, stressful work doing two shows in Paris back-to-back,” said Ribeiro, who also designs the Cacharel line with Clements, who is his wife. The show is tentatively slated for Feb. 17 at the tents at The Duke of York’s Headquarters. Clements Ribeiro moved its show to Paris in the wake of 9/11.
WINDY AWARD: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present its Legend of Fashion Award to costume designer William Ivey Long. Long, who has “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Cabaret” and “Chicago” running on Broadway, has been nominated for seven Tony Awards and has won three times. The Art Institute has asked Long to create a video montage of his works for the black-tie gala May 3 — which, he says, will be exactly two minutes and 40 seconds long.