STARSTRUCK: Demi Moore and Liza Minnelli will provide some extra sparkle at the Fashion Group International’s 20th annual Night of Stars. They will do more than chat up the guests at Cipriani 42nd Street. Moore will present Donna Karan with the Superstar award, and Minnelli will give the humanitarian award to John Demsey of MAC Cosmetics. This year’s event will pay tribute to “The Dreamweavers: Those Who Inspire.” Sounds like Moore could even leave her Kabbalah bracelet at home.
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Meanwhile, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum wanted to liven up its National Design Awards by introducing a fashion designer category at its Oct. 22 event, and fashion is what it’s getting. Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to present the winner in that category, which features finalists Narciso Rodriguez, Tom Ford and Christina Kim. Target Stores also is getting an award and bringing Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Ilene Rosenzweig and Cynthia Rowley as guests. Also expected to participate are Simon Doonan, Amanda Burden and Rebecca Romijn Stamos, while Carolina Herrera and Coach’s Reed Krakoff are vice chairs of the event and Dylan Lauren is at the top of the after-party committee.
KELLY HOLD UP: What’s a Kelly bag really worth? To some women, it’s worth risking a life-threatening situation, it seems. Take Stephanie Seymour, for instance. According to Page Six, the model was mugged on her way to meet hubbie Peter Brant for dinner at Da Silvano on Tuesday night. Under pressure to part with her handbag, Seymour reportedly started negotiating with her muggers, pleading with them to take only her wallet.
What the story failed to mention was what type of bag it was that drove Seymour to take such a risk: a delicious tomato red Hermès Kelly.
SAY CHEESE: A whole host of the creatures of the night that grace the pages of Patrick McMullan’s new book, “So8os,” turned up at Bergdorf’s on Wednesday to celebrate its publication: Lady Bunny, Diane von Furstenberg, Glenn O’Brien, Amanda Lapore, George Wayne and Debbie Harry, as well as a smattering of youngsters who were still in diapers then, glued to “The Transformers” on their television screens: Katie Holmes (in town to promote “Pieces of April”), Zac Posen, Hayden Christensen (in for “Shattered Glass”), Elizabeth Kieselstein Cord and Amanda Hearst.
“I think everyone’s trying to recreate Studio 54 tonight,” said Fern Mallis, a Studio 54 veteran herself, as she strolled the jam-packed aisles of the new Gucci boutique on Bergdorf’s second floor with Angela Bassett, Philip Bloch and Patricia Field. Whereas Anne Grauso bought two signed copies of McMullan’s book, Maer Roshan waxed nostalgic about the days of the book party where you actually walked away with a copy gratis. No such luck: guests received a bottle of Gucci men’s cologne.
A CHIE CHIE AFFAIR: More than 300 well-groomed ladies flocked to the top floor of the St. Regis hotel Thursday to see Japanese fur designer Chie Imai’s latest collection. Imai, who is the furrier to the Japanese royal family, has held a show featuring her luxurious fur coats and accessories for the past five years in New York. The designer expanded her presence here by opening a Madison Avenue boutique last year and said a West Coast location could be a project in the future.
The luncheon and trunk show benefited The New York City Mission Society, which seeks to increase the self-sufficiency of children and families challenged by poverty. About $500,000 was sold during the day’s trunk show, a portion of which will benefit the society. Attendees included Kathy Hilton, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Anna Strausberg, Cornelia Guest, Denise Rich, Janice Combs, Anne Hearst, Alex Kramer, Francine Le Frak and Tara Rockefeller.
But the most peculiar part of the event came right at the end of the show. After the last model sashayed off the runway in a $138,000 Russian sable coat, Imai came out to the end of the runway for a bow and accepted a gigantic cellophane-wrapped bouquet of two-dozen white long-stemmed roses. Halfway back down the catwalk, Imai suddenly launched the bouquet in what was likely meant to be a lofty toss. Instead, it shot across the room like a wily bottle rocket, barely missing the heads of several bejeweled women. It could not be learned whether white long-stemmed roses are considered ill fortune in Japan.
LA LA LEPORE: Actors Tracee Ellis Ross, Rena Sofer and Eva Carradine turned out Tuesday night to fete designer Nanette Lepore, who rolled out the pink carpet and lit the pink candles in her new West Los Angeles boutique. “Everyone kept telling me location is everything in L.A. —and Robertson Boulevard has been great for us. We have been really busy since we opened in June. Our New York store took a year to get going because no one knew where we were.”
The delightfully girly shop was packed with young starlets and sophisticates sipping on the signature pink Lepore Cocktails, gobbling up Brazilian goodies and shaking their hips to the funky Brazilian band, Sambada, in the tented lot behind the shop. Besides such celebs as Nora Zehetner, Aisha Tyler, Tiffani Thiessen and Kelly Brook, designer Trina Turk — who is often merchandised alongside Lepore at retail — popped in.
“Can you believe after so many years of hanging together, this is the first time we’ve met?” Turk said.
“Girlfriends” star Ross, clad in a sexy and sweet Lepore pink-and-black lace blouse, eyed the new collection, including peacock-print dresses and leopard corduroy trenches. “Her pieces are so feminine and ladylike and fit very well.”
Smiling as she grooved to the Brazilian beat with a Samba dancer at her side, Lepore added, “It all spins differently out here in L.A. Everything is like a movie production.”
PARSONS’ NEW ERA: Sure, it’s only first semester, but seniors at Parsons School of Design truly have a reason to buckle down this year in preparing for their ever-competitive benefit fashion show next May. The graduating class is expected to honor Tom Ford, the superstar Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche designer, who once studied architecture at Parsons, rather than the more typical back-room types like Paul Charron, Gene Kahn and Herb Gallen, who have been honored in recent years. What’s more, Parsons plans to move the affair out of the stuffy Marriott Marquis and into a larger, brighter space on Pier 60.