STAR SYSTEM: Roberto Cavalli has invited four dates — Susan Sarandon, Macy Gray, Miss Universe Justine Pasek and Candace Bushnell — to the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars on Thursday, but hasn’t yet confirmed which star will present his award. Meanwhile, others in the lineup are said to include Fran Lebowitz, who will present to Graydon Carter; Tilda Swinton to Viktor & Rolf; and Anna Wintour to Baz Luhrmann. But the biggest — literally — highlight of the evening could be Sarah Jessica Parker, who’s slated to present an award to Manolo Blahnik. That is, if the delivery of her baby, expected any moment, doesn’t come first.
MAKING TRACKS: Calista Flockhart, Mena Suvari and Natalie Cole may want to follow their 100 fellow guests tonight and consider a carpool. With Gianvito Rossi, son of Sergio Rossi, choosing Tony Duquette’s fantastical estate Dawnridge for his VIP dinner bash benefiting Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancers, traffic leading up the narrow, curving road behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is sure to rival the action on cruising magnet Sunset Boulevard — but with more limos. “We wanted a special place that hasn’t been overexposed,” said a Rossi source. Tell that to the neighbors: they’ll have to listen to DJ Adam 12 waxing the funk well after midnight.
NARCISO IN TEXAS: Narciso Rodriguez is taking his spring collection to Dallas for his largest out-of-town fashion event to date — a runway show on Sunday night at one of the city’s residential highlights, a 12,000-square-foot home designed by Philip Johnson. “Having it in an architecturally significant house is just perfect with Narciso’s clothes,” said Brian Bolke, owner of the designer shop Forty Five Ten that is hosting the event and a trunk show with Rodriguez on Monday. Given that the house, designed for the Beck construction family in 1962, boasts twin sweeping bronze staircases and 20-foot ceilings, the architecture might be a bit more overt than Rodriguez’ subtle taste, but the event is for charity, after all, and benefits the Child and Family Guidance Center. TV health counselor Dr. Phil and his family are hosting the party, which also will feature a performance by society singer Sasha Lazard.
MARIMEKKO’S SECOND ACT: It’s been called Lily Pulitzer for liberals. It’s Marimekko, the brightly colored, boldly patterned Finnish textiles and fashion that reached the height of its popularity in the early Seventies and is now experiencing something of a comeback. In late November, Marimekko’s licensed boutique, which has occupied the second floor of 698 Madison Avenue for 11 years, will relocate to a 900-square-foot ground floor shop at 1262 Third Avenue, between 72nd and 73rd Streets.
“We’ve wanted to make the move to the ground floor for a couple of years,” said Josie Chekouras, the store’s owner. “Marimekko has been very much in demand. It’s very cheerful and fresh and fun,” something customers find especially appealing in light of the precarious economy.
Chekouras plans to keep the existing Marimekko store and the new Third Avenue unit open through the Christmas season. She declined to provide sales projections.
Michael Goodfriend, a broker at Newmark Realty, said rents in that part of Third Avenue average $225 per square foot. “The area is very tight,” he added. “There’s no space available.”
In addition to the Marimekko store, Clearly First, a high-end shop at 980 Madison Avenue specializing in fine art, furniture and fashion by Scandinavian artists and designers, will sell an exclusive collection of Marimekko fabrics and eveningwear. Clearly First’s owner, Hélène Hellsten, said she was taken by Jaana Parkkila’s simple and elegant designs for Marimekko and arranged to sell them in her store.
BLUE JEAN BABY: Alice Harris, author of “The Blue Jean,” was in her element Monday night at a Gap-sponsored book-launch party. Running from room to room at M Studio in lower Manhattan with a camera crew in tow was “so much fun,” she said, “but my feet hurt.” Celebrating with the author was singer Tweet and her friend of 30 years, Donna Summer, who also attended the event. (Tweet sang, Summer did not.)
“The Blue Jean” is Harris’ second book, she also wrote “The White T” in 1996. She said she hopes to have another one finished by Christmas 2004, but was mum on the topic.