DIVA ALERT: The presenters are still being announced, but one important name — at least among fashionistas — is Madonna. It should be fun to see what she turns out in, since this is the woman who put Jean Paul Gaultier, Olivier Theyskens and Balenciaga in the award shows history books.
EARLY BIRDS: Usually actresses and their camps like to keep revelations on “the dress” a secret until the last minute. But we hear Edie Falco’s stylist, Toni Fusco, had Christina Perrin make her a black velvet gown; Jessica Paster, stylist for Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” enlisted Dolce & Gabbana to make her two options, and Lisa Kudrow will wear a gown designed by Heidi Weisel. So what will the dress look like? Kudrow originally fell in love with Weisel’s champagne tulle gown and was set to wear it. But in a later fitting, Weisel brought a second dress that now has Kudrow fashionably befuddled. Whatever the result, Sunday won’t be the first time Kudrow sports Weisel — the actress wore a black cashmere and chiffon halter gown to the People’s Choice Awards last weekend.
Elsewhere on the stylists’ parade, L’Wrenn Scott is clothing Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore; twins Clare and Nina Hallworth are seeing to Cameron Diaz and Renée Zellweger; Deborah Waknin has Marg Helgenberger, Rachel Griffiths and Jennifer Garner; Kithe Brewster has Diane Lane; Paster is also doing Kim Cattrall, Allison Janney and Helen Mirren; Lori Escowitz-Carter will dress Megan Mullally and Debra Messing; Jane Ross is working on Goldie Hawn, and Todd Shemarya is handling Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Elizabeth Stewart will dress Kristin Davis, who’s just been named as a presenter, and she’ll also dress Calista Flockhart, who will be attending with presenter Harrison Ford. Catherine Zeta-Jones teamed up with Inga Fontaine and Jennifer Connelly has gone with Kate Young.
THE SUITE LIFE: HBO is staging its first luxury lounge, to be at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Saturday and Sunday. The cable channel’s stellar talent roster — including Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman and Rachel Griffiths — will get to pick through Leslie Green jewelry, Safilo Eyewear, Reebok and Charles David footwear, Lancôme and Neutrogena products, Dom Perignon bubbly and LVMH fragrances.
Making a return is the Cabana Beauty Buffet Friday and Saturday at Chateau Marmont in Hollywood with partner Allure. Services on the menu come courtesy of Barielle, DDF, Dior, Prive, Ona and Damone Roberts; there’s jewelry from H. Stern and fashions from Levi’s, Sanrio, Cosabella, Kenneth Cole and Smashing Grandpa.
Also back is Ted Inc., rolling out its Luxury Spa and Fashion Lounge at the Mondrian in West Hollywood, featuring Adrienne Landau, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Sue Wong, L’Oréal Paris and Montblanc. And British hair guru Charles Worthington will work his magic from a private West Hollywood residence.
GOLDEN COUPLES: The Globes will be a coming-out party for a couple of hot new Hollywood couples: Best Actress nominee Diane Lane will be accompanied by her beau of the last year, Josh Brolin, and Best Actress nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal will be escorted by her boyfriend of the past few months, actor Peter Sarsgaard (Shalom Harlow’s ex).
OH SO VOGUE: When Vogue offered to shoot Maggie Gyllenhaal for its March issue in her very first Golden Globe dress, market editor Virginia Smith got dragged into the fray: she’s actually helping the Best Actress nominee find her dream dress. And it seems Vogue will have even more of a presence at this year’s Globes: Style Faxer extraordinaire André Leon Talley will cover the carpet for the first time —perhaps crowding the space of Steven Cojocaru, People magazine’s West Coast editor.
BOXED IN: For the fourth consecutive year, In Style will present the 55 Golden Globes presenters with a gift box — an actual handmade wooden French chest — valued at $12,000. The priciest item included is a $5,000 spa package for Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and the least expensive item is a $35 box of Ethel M chocolates. But there are plenty of goodies in the in-between range, including gift certificates for Burberry and Bruno Magli, a TiVo recording system, a Mikimoto pearl necklace and so on.