EXTRA CREDIT: Donna Karan is next in line to sit down for a chat with Parsons Dean Paul Goldberger at Parsons The New School for Design on April 20. The school has also lined up other art and design authorities, including Tim McDonald on April 6, Janine Antoni on April 12, David Rockwell on April 13 and Judy Glantzman on May 3.
A CASSINI SALUTE: A remembrance celebration for Oleg Cassini is scheduled for April 11 in the Versailles Room at the St. Regis Hotel in New York at 6 p.m. The private event will be held on what would have been the designer's 93rd birthday. He died on March 17. Several hundred people are expected to attend the event, according to Cassini's widow, Marianne. "We wanted to have a party to celebrate his birthday," she said. "He survived a revolution and two World Wars. He was a true American dream. He came here with nothing and he became very successful. But he always worked so hard. Nothing came easy."
GLAM FOR A CAUSE: Star Jones is not the new face of MAC Cosmetics, but she, along with "60 Minutes" host Leslie Stahl, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Frank McCourt, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and syndicated sports columnist and best-selling author Mike Lupica, among others, will be on hand to honor Estée Lauder global president John Demsey, recipient of the Golden Heart Award at this year's Authors in Kind Luncheon for God's Love We Deliver, on Tuesday at the Rainbow Room in New York. Best-selling author and sex crime prosecutor Linda Fairstein will act as emcee.