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POP TO IT: Who said fashion-show invitations had no value? Christie’s in Paris, which is auctioning off a collection of contemporary art owned by designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac on July 3, expects some of his art to fetch from $600 to $20,000. Mind you, they are original artworks. Since the late Sixties, de Castelbajac has commissioned the likes of Keith Haring, Jean-Charles Blais and Pierre et Gilles to create his invitations. Also up for grabs at the auction are several of de Castelbajac’s handpainted dresses and works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Sandro Chia, and photos by artists Nan Goldin, Andre Serrano and Cindy Sherman.
PLAYING IT SAFE: Usually, the cocktails part of a charity benefit takes place just before the meal is served, but for the upcoming 25th anniversary luncheon of Safe Horizon on May 6, the revelry kicked off Monday night with a pre-party hosted by Malaak Compton-Rock, Cynthia Lufkin and Jessica Seinfeld at the Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue. (Bruce Klatsky, chairman of Calvin Klein’s new parent company, Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., is being honored at the luncheon along with Louis Camilleri, chief executive of Altria.)
The trio was, naturally, decked out in Calvin Klein dresses they were able to select for the night, which Seinfeld described as a somewhat unusual occurrence for her, since she’s generally too wrapped up in the logistics of her own clothing-drive charity, Baby Buggy Inc., and raising her children to worry about appearances.
“I just try not to go out of the house with yogurt on my sleeves or baby food in my hair,” she said. “I don’t even go out much. I’d rather stay home with the kids as much as possible.”
LEAVE IT TO DIVA: The Costume Institute at the Met isn’t the only museum space to go for goddesses. On April 30, London’s Getty Images Gallery will unveil an exhibition called Style Queens, featuring photographs of more than 50 actresses, royals, models and socialites who have made headlines over the past century. The curators of the show include Lucy Yeomans, the editor of Harpers & Queen, her art director Sheila Jack and fashion director Alison Edmond. The queens include Princess Diana, Madonna, Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Jane Birkin and Jacqueline Kennedy. “Style doesn’t have to be a label. It’s not something you can find in your wardrobe,” said Yeomans. “You’ve either got it or you haven’t, and these women definitely have it.” Style Queens will run through June 5.
This story first appeared in the April 23, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
RUNNING WOMEN: Celebrities are continuing to make tracks to Revlon’s Run/Walk for Women on May 3. In addition to the already announced co-hosts — Diane Sawyer, Renée Zellweger and Jennifer Connelly — and event spokeswoman Karen Duffy, Julianne Moore has just confirmed she’ll be hitting the streets for the 5K event that kicks off in Times Square. Also this year, “Law & Order” actor Jesse L. Martin will sing at the opening of the event, which raises funds for women battling cancer.