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COSTUME PARTY: Movie costume lovers got an eyeful of their favorite film moments Tuesday night at the 10th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Wilshire, where the winners included Julie Weiss for “Blades of Glory,” Colleen Atwood for “Sweeney Todd,” Ruth Myers for “The Golden Compass” and Eduardo Castro for “Ugly Betty.” Of course, Bulgari-designed awards also were handed out to studio head Paula Wagner, director James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad, though one wonders if the costume connection (a stretch at best) was devised to lure A-list presenters (and “Batman Returns” co-stars) Katie Holmes and Christian Bale. After all, Wagner’s film reel — introduced by Holmes — consisted mostly of Tom Cruise clips (her producing partner and co-United Artists Entertainment owner). Presenting to real-life partners Mangold and Konrad, who collaborated with Arianne Phillips in “Walk the Line” and “3:10 to Yuma,” “Yuma” star Bale said, “I like to think of them as clothes, not costumes. That word makes me feel like I’m putting on another superhero suit.”
CHILD’S PLAY: Carolina Kostner, the two-time defending European figure-skating champion, twirled into Roberto Cavalli’s show on Wednesday for a hot second. “I’m just here for the afternoon, then I’ve got to skip off back to training,” the Italian said. A gaggle of models and actresses also lined Cavalli’s front row, headlined by busy Michelle Yeoh, who has three movies coming out this year: “The Children of Huang Shi”; “Babylon A.D.,” where Yeoh plays a nun opposite Vin Diesel, and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” “The Children of Huang Shi” was filmed in China and is based on the true story of a Scottish man who rescued children from an orphanage during the Second World War. “It was emotional to meet the real survivors who are now in their 80s,” Yeoh related.
Czech model Petra Nemcova is busy with Happy Hearts Fund, a children’s charity she set up three years ago. The 28-year-old just got back from Peru, where she said HHF plans to help rebuild schools following August’s earthquake in the coastal province of Ica. And she’s calling in her fashion contacts. Cavalli donated two tickets to Wednesday’s show for a fund-raiser in New York in October, which raised $3.5 million for HHF.
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Meanwhile, Inés Sastre and Tasha De Vasconcelos are each working on a comedy, filmed in Italy and France, respectively. “I’m excited because it’s my first film in two years,” said Sastre, who is also Lancôme’s face. De Vasconcelos said the movie she is working on with Richard Berry is “sort of the European version of ‘American Sweetheart.'”
MAYBE BABY: Parenting can be tough. Since giving birth to her first son, George, last year, Eva Herzigova has had to put her swimwear line on hold. “It was my little baby,” Herzigova said of the project, while at Cavalli’s show. “But since I have my own now, it’s really hard to follow….Unless I get a license deal, I don’t think I’ll do it.”
HOT SHOT: Hedi Slimane is taking on haute couture — as a photographer, that is. The former Dior Homme designer lensed a 14-page feature on the summer high fashion collections for French Vogue’s forthcoming April issue. “It’s magnificent,” editor in chief Carine Roitfeld said at Gucci’s show on Wednesday. But as colorful as the collections were, Slimane stuck with his signature black and white. Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse also made it to Gucci after attending festivities in Paris Tuesday night for the launch of French GQ. He said the March issue, with a double cover — one with text, the second with actor Vincent Cassel — carried 121 pages of advertising, some 50 over budget. Coming up this fall is the launch of a monthly Vanity Fair in Spain.
FINLAY, OUT: Industry sources said this year will mark the end of Lord & Taylor’s partnership with Finlay Enterprises Inc. Earlier this month, L&T’s parent company, NRDC Equity Partners, entered into an agreement to purchase Fortunoff for $110 million. Finlay operates licensed fine jewelry departments in department stores throughout the U.S., including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Dillard’s. As of November, the firm operated in 691 department store locations. Finlay recently acquired the 70-store jewelry chain Bailey Banks & Biddle from Zale Corp. for $200 million. “At this point, Finlay’s contract with Lord & Taylor runs through the end of the fiscal year, January 2009,” said LaVelle Olexa, senior vice president of advertising, sales promotion and public relations for Lord & Taylor. Calls to Finlay were not returned Wednesday.