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NO NO NOTORIOUS: “I have never seen a sailing race before,” admitted Naomi Campbell before tearing up the dance floor during a set by Duran Duran lead vocalist Simon Le Bon at a soiree feting the kickoff of the America’s Cup finals Thursday in Valencia, Spain. Lack of experience didn’t mean the supermodel didn’t weigh in on the race’s outcome, however. “I’m here to support Switzerland’s team Alinghi,” said Campbell, who shimmied with Kirsty Bertarelli, wife of Alinghi boss Ernesto Bertarelli. Indeed, the face-off between Emirates Team New Zealand and defender Alinghi has caused a wave of European camaraderie. Revelers enjoying the scene at Saturday’s kickoff alongside Campbell included Adriana Karembeu, singer Julio José Iglesias, son of the iconic crooner Julio Iglesias, and bullfighting heartthrob Fran Rivera. Meanwhile, Spain’s fashion set, which counts designer Paco Rabanne and Francis Montesinos, also flew the flag for Europe. Alinghi won Saturday’s race, but New Zealand came back Sunday to tie the series, which took a break Monday.
GIVENCHY A-OK: Hubert de Givenchy is in fine fettle after a recent cataract procedure and checking in briefly to the American Hospital in Paris after feeling winded. While friends say Givenchy’s eyesight was affected by the operation and he suffered from two embolisms, the retired couturier, who is 80, insisted, “I feel great.”
PARTY ALL THE TIME: Van Cleef & Arpels is calling dibs on fashion week parties. Save-the-dates have gone out for the Sept. 4 bash, “Une journée à Paris,” at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The 100-year-old Parisian jeweler is celebrating its hometown with a collection of haute joaillerie inspired by a woman’s journey through Paris. This summer, 7,500 hand-calligraphed invites will be divvied out to the event, for which Hammerstein will be transformed to look like a Paris nightclub replete with Lido dancers.
TOPSHOP’S POP ART: Topshop keeps rolling out the design collaborations. On Monday, the retailer introduced collections with Christian Joy, the New York designer who’s best known for the outlandish stage costumes she creates for Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and a collection of T-shirts by the British artist Stella Vine, emblazoned with the artist’s eerie, naive portraits. Joy’s collection comprises T-shirt dresses with graphic prints and cotton dresses, which all retail for about $100, while Vine’s line includes slash-neck T-shirts and T-shirt dresses with prints of portraits of Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe and Lily Cole, from about $43 through $60. Luckily, Vine, who achieved notoriety when Charles Saatchi bought one of her controversial portraits of Princess Diana in 2004, has diplomatically omitted her portraits of Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, which take a sidelong glance at their tabloid travails.
CAUSE CELEB: Courteney Cox hosted a party at the Kitson Men store in West Hollywood on Thursday to help launch a line of T-shirts designed by Signorelli for Omnipeace, the product arm of Millennium Promise. All profits from the sale of the T-shirts, priced at $65 retail, are donated to Millennium Promise, which aims to eliminate hunger in Africa by 2025. Cox gave bear hugs to friends and family who popped by, including Casey Affleck, David Spade and Alexis Arquette. Cox’s husband, David Arquette, hung out with a small group of friends away from the cameras. Signorelli and Omnipeace partnered with specialty store Scoop in New York the previous week for an East Coast launch of the T-shirts that was hosted by Naomi Campbell. Fred Segal and Tracey Ross, along with Kitson and Scoop, will carry the T-shirts.
MARGIELA HITS MILAN: Maison Martin Margiela, which will open a Beverly Hills boutique this summer, is already plotting its next move. The house will open its first store in Italy, on Milan’s Via Della Spiga, come September. Margiela has 12 stores.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: Mikhail Baryshnikov can still draw quite a crowd. In his first summer gala for his Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, chairs included Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter and Annette and Oscar de la Renta. Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Joan Didion also attended the Hell’s Kitchen Dance performance (aptly named for the 37th Street and 10th Avenue studio), in which Baryshnikov made a rare performance with a troop of young dancers to raise funds for his arts foundation that supports the next generation of art.
SINGING STARS: Just before she skipped off to Glastonbury with her paramour Pete Doherty, Kate Moss found time to tip up for an evening of karaoke at London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s on Thursday. The model joined musicians including Elton John, Bryan Adams, Mick Jones and Chrissie Hynde, who all auctioned off performances of an eclectic selection of hits to benefit the Hoping Foundation, which helps Palestinian refugee children. John’s rendition of “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was the top draw, raising $220,000, while Nick Cave, better known for his gloomy ballads, performed Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” with a winning bidder, who paid almost $150,000 for the privilege. And while Doherty wasn’t on hand to perform at the event, which was organized by Bella Freud and raised almost $800,000 for the charity, Shane McGowan‘s performance of Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” gave a jolt of rock ‘n’ roll excess.