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THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!: Tonight, anyone who thinks they’re anyone in Manhattan will actually be rushing to get off the island, not stay within its carefully circumscribed boundaries of cool. Instead, Liberty Island will be where it’s at, as Natalia Vodianova and Helena Christensen host the launch of the Russian Imperia Vodka at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Guests, who are expected to include Scarlett Johansson; her squeeze, Josh Hartnett; Elijah Wood, and the usual gaggle of New York socials, are being ferried over to the island, where Imperia Vodka owner Roustam Tarik is making his first foray into New York City by hiring Duran Duran to play, shooting off fireworks and, presumably, proffering rivers of vodka. Not bad for a first impression.
RING FLING: Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa tore himself away from designing his upcoming spring collection last week and stopped by a cocktail party for the Henry Street Development Organization. But he still had his show on Sept. 15 in mind. “Spring is like a renovation,” said the designer. As for the clothes, “I feel for structure and volume. I think people are feeling more grown-up. Quality and all those things are really important today because women are very independent. It’s much more of an American aesthetic. Chic, simple, unfussy, but very well-groomed.
“It’s a great blend of me and Calvin,” he continued. “I’m excited to take it to the next level.” But then he admitted, “It’s hard for me to be objective.”
KORS JETS OUT: Seventh Avenue stress levels may be heightened this week in anticipation of the shows, but Michael Kors seems to take the pressure like a pro. On Friday, just five days before his Sept. 14 show, Kors will leisurely be jetting out to Toronto to be a special guest at a black-tie dinner hosted by Galen Weston, who controls Holt Renfrew, and his wife, Hillary. The dinner, organized for the store’s best customers, will take place at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street flagship, and guests are expected to include Elle Macpherson. “I don’t only promote the jet-set life, I live the jet-set life,” Kors quipped on Tuesday. “What better way to spend Friday night but in Toronto for dinner with Galen and Hillary, but I’ll be back in my studio by 9 a.m. on Saturday.”
EVER THE ENTERPRISER: Zac Posen, the designer who has intrigued the dichotomous likes of Diddy and luxury hosiery maker Wolford, can add the venerable watchmaker Audemars Piguet to his list of corporate fans. Posen will send all the models down the runway Sept. 15 wearing a watch from the brand — though he won’t reveal which one until the show.
“We wanted to partner with a designer who understands how women want to feel,” said Alice Rolley, director of marketing for Audemars Piguet, who added the company is going after the women’s market in a big way.
In April, the watch company partnered with Jay-Z to create the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jay-Z 10th anniversary limited-edition series watches — and who knows? Perhaps a Posen pendulum will be on the way in due time.
PHONE TAG: Where do PYTs put their cell phones when an evening clutch just won’t do? Designer Roland Mouret has a proposed chic answer: The designer has collaborated with Motorola on a belt with two pockets to fit the company’s new titanium PEBL V6 phone, whose modern, oval-shaped design is being targeted to a fashion-savvy crowd. The limited-edition belt, which comes in black, green or stone leather, will make its official debut at Mouret’s runway show on Tuesday but will not be for sale. The phone will become available to the public later this year.