MORE STARS: The guest list for tonight’s Fashion Group International Night of Stars gala has been finalized, and there have been a few notable additions. The night’s Superstar honoree, Jean Paul Gaultier, is bringing Lauren Bacall to the event; Humanitarian award recipient Josie Natori has nabbed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her table, and Jane Krakowski will take the night in with In Style magazine. Tilda Swinton, meanwhile, will present Alber Elbaz with his award. She joins Jennifer Hudson and Kerry Washington, who are presenting awards to André Leon Talley and Gaultier, respectively.
BRITISH INVASION: After traveling to Dallas and Boston to meet customers, London designer Jonathan Saunders made his way to New York for a dinner in his honor, hosted by Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo and Roopal Patel Tuesday, and a trunk show at the specialty store Wednesday. The dinner, on the second floor of The Inn at Little West 12th, had an intimate feel. Arden Wohl, Annie Churchill, Tina Chai, Amanda Ross and Euan Rellie came out to salute the Glasgow designer, who is mulling a move from London to New York for fashion week next season.
“It’s kind of a Scottish edge with an English pop,” said Saunders of the Inn’s dark interior decorated with dozens of small framed paintings on the wall. “I like it.”
READING MATERIAL: Rapper and now seasoned author 50 Cent couldn’t hold back his eagerness to share his new book, “50 x 50,” published by Simon & Schuster. “This is a really special one for me since this one is a scrapbook of my life,” he said flipping through the pages at a dinner at Philippe Chow’s new restaurant in New York, called Philippe. “It’s fun to look at these old photos of me when I was little and it’s something I want to share with my son.” The book, which went on sale Tuesday, is the second of what could be many for the rapper, who said he has interest in writing something on urban fashion. “Hip-hop fashion is going through so many changes and it’s really interesting to me,” he said. “It’s taking cues from rock ‘n’ roll and European fashion design. The future of hip-hop fashion is going to be good and I would love to someday do something about it.”
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OUT TO DRIES: After 14 years as head of communications at Maison Martin Margiela, Patrick Scallon is moving on and joining Dries Van Noten in a strategic communications post. Scallon will be based between Paris and Antwerp, Belgium, where Van Noten’s business is headquartered. Scallon’s first mission will be Nov. 5, when he flies with Van Noten to Singapore for a fashion show sponsored by Club 21.
ROCK STAR STYLE: With the proliferation of party invites, dress codes have become increasingly creative, and increasingly vague. “Festive” has always been confusing enough, but guests attending the fourth annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom tonight have been asked to “dress for Bono,” in homage to the rock star who will be honored there. What exactly does that mean? Wraparound shades? Red for his [Red] campaign? Organic cotton? It’ll be up to guests to figure it out, but we assume Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani already have their costumes ready for their live performances at the fete.