NONSTOP SHOP: Isla Fisher really got into character during the filming of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” at Henri Bendel. The star of “Wedding Crashers” and wife of Sacha Baron Cohen shopped in between takes, purchasing a mix of clothing and accessories. “We’re one of her favorite stores,” said a Bendel’s spokeswoman. Bendel’s has a key role in the film, which is about a young journalist in New York City with a shopping addiction. “[Isla’s] character shops at Bendel’s often, being that she’s a shopaholic,” she said. “Confessions,” based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, took over the store from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for three nights early this month. The final scenes at the store were filmed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. “It’s been quite a few years since we’ve had a shoot at Bendel’s,” the spokeswoman said. The last film was “Simply Irresistible,” a 1999 romantic comedy starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
HELPING OUT: Model and activist Lauren Bush, who has been photographed all over New York wearing her FEED bag, which benefits the U.N. World Food Program’s School Feeding operations, has partnered with Whole Foods to sell the bags at every store in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The grocery store chain has purchased 430,000 of the bags, which go on sale May 1. Each one sold will provide 100 school meals to hungry children in Rwanda. Bush, who hosted an Earth Day event on Sunday at Caravan, said there will be a launch party at the Bowery Whole Foods on April 30, where the first 100 bags will be sold.
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ALL FOR PAUL: Barry Schwartz might be retired from Calvin Klein, but he keeps his fashion friends top of mind. His three-year-old colt, named P.R. Paul, won his maiden race at Aqueduct Saturday by an impressive seven-and-a-half lengths, garnering the fastest time of the day and netting Schwartz $28,800 for the race. “He was the favorite,” said Schwartz, describing the horse, which he named after his friend and publicist, Paul Wilmot. And the coltish P.R. Paul is no slouch when it comes to pedigree. His father is Elusive Quality and his mother is Social Girl, whose father was Chief’s Crown, Andrew Rosen’s thoroughbred race horse who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. “We have high hopes for P.R. Paul,” said Schwartz. “Of my three horses that won Saturday, he’s the most exciting.”
CHARMS OF WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis shies away from most jewelry, but was happily sporting a guardian charm pendant from Cathy Waterman’s latest collection, called Muse, on Thursday. “It says to me, ‘I have your back,'” explained Curtis, who opened her well-appointed Pacific Palisades, Calif., home for a garden party in honor of the jeweler. Waterman created the collection’s seven charms to fete women’s unheralded qualities. Among the attendees, Waterman pointed to California first lady Maria Shriver and restaurateur Nancy Silverton as the muses for her wellspring and dreamer charms, respectively. And she declared the rest of the crowd, including Dana Delaney, Jamie McCourt, Patricia Wetting and Kate and Jessica Capshaw, definitely “all goddesses.” Proceeds from jewelry sales at the event went to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN: Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz was in New York on Thursday at the Night Hotel to show off his latest Clandestine Industries collection of junior and men’s apparel to a group of editors. But that didn’t mean he didn’t make time to shop a bit. “I love H&M and Urban Outfitters,” he said. “I’m so not above shopping there or anything. They have such cool stuff and it’s not expensive.” Wentz’s fiancée, Ashlee Simpson, was in town, too, but she was headed to Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” party at Mansion. “She’s helped me a bit here and there. She’s good like that,” he said of Simpson’s help with designing the collection.
DIRTY LAUNDRY: Rejection letters have never been so fashionable. Amira Casar, Audrey Marnay and Melanie Laurent were among the stylish throngs at the Paris inauguration of artist Sophie Calle’s “Take Care of Yourself” show, hosted by Chanel last week in the impressive reading room of Paris’ Bibliothèque Nationale. The Venice Biennale hit, which next will travel to Montreal, centers on a break-up letter that Calle once received from a boyfriend via e-mail. “My worst memory of being dumped is when it happened on my birthday,” mused Casar, who appears in one of the show’s films reading Calle’s letter. “I can remember sobbing in the rain and Isabelle Adjani coming to pick me up in a taxi — she has such a big heart,” Casar said.
“I’ve blocked out all memories of being dumped,” tittered artist Mariko Mori. Calle also said she’s working on a future exhibition for her own gallery in September, this time based on soothsayers.