REMEMBERING PAT: William F. Buckley Jr. and his son Christopher have released plans for a celebration of the life of the late social and fashion icon Pat Buckley — and, fittingly enough, it will be at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event is scheduled for May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Buckley, who died April 15 at age 80, was the prime force in putting the Costume Institute’s annual gala on the map as one of the highlights of New York’s spring social season.
MOSS ON DISPLAY: For Kate Moss, any old mannequin just won’t do. The model is set to briefly appear modeling her Kate Moss Topshop collection herself in the window of the retailer’s Oxford Street store in London when the line has a preview sale on Monday, according to reports Wednesday. While a spokesman for Topshop declined to comment on the reports, they’re bound to add to the feverish hype that’s been building in the British press, with a countdown to the launch in the Oxford Street store’s window and the retailer’s Web site set to debut what it calls “the ultimate guide to shopping Kate Moss Topshop.” Customers would do well to read up on the line ahead of its introduction as the store is limiting purchases to five items per person. Or, given the strength of the pound against the dollar, fans can hop on a plane, fly to Manhattan and buy the line at Barneys New York.
PLUM’S CHUMS: Plum Sykes is a busy lady. At a party for the upcoming French release of her second novel, “The Debutante Divorcée,” at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris on Tuesday night, the author disclosed she’s been asked to adapt “Bergdorf Blondes” into a movie script for HBO. “When are you coming to New York?” she hollered to host Giambattista Valli, who’s gearing up to open his first boutique, likely to be situated near Madison Avenue. “I used to love it downtown in the days where you could party till dawn in the meat market, come out and still see butchers humping meat around. But it’s lost its edge,” said Valli. Designer Georgina Brandolini said she’s also scouting new digs. “I’ve outgrown my little boutique,” said Brandolini, who added she’ll be throwing a farewell party at the store at the end of May.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS: The fashion crowd knows what to do with a glass of Champagne, but what about a cube of smoked sea bass presented under a bulbous glass filled with smoke? Or a cubic potato resting on a perfect square of thinly sliced, er, rhubarb? The fantasy cuisine of French chef Thierry Marx stole the show Tuesday night as Moët & Chandon unveiled its 2000 vintage at a lavish event at the Paris Musée de l’Homme. Guests including Nathalie Rykiel, Bruno Frusoni and Didier Ludot dined on Marx’s offbeat delicacies, washing them down with a medley of vintage wines and culminating with a dessert of sweet beets, topped with ginger ice cream. “Delicious! My best culinary experience in many years,” declared French actor Stéphane Freiss.