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SHOWSTOPPERS: The paparazzi on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will have more reasons than ever to go into a frenzy at next Monday’s Costume Institute gala. In addition to co-chairs George Clooney and Julia Roberts, Giorgio Armani is said to be bringing along Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The rumor mill also has Jennifer Lopez coming to the benefit with Alberta Ferretti, Kate Bosworth with Chanel, and Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson and Fergie with Calvin Klein. Others expected to attend include celebs Mariah Carey, Renée Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Moss, Mary J. Blige, Claire Danes, Mischa Barton and LeBron James, and designers Valentino, Tom Ford, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and Donatella Versace.
GREEN GLAMAZONS: Guess and Vogue banished the stereotype of eco-friendly clothing at Thursday night’s party for the launch of the brand’s organic cotton collection at its Rodeo Drive boutique. Co-hosts Amy Smart and Emmanuelle Chriqui were glammed up in Guess-supplied party outfits of slinky tops, dark organic cotton jeans and strappy sandals to greet Guess co-chairmen Maurice and Paul Marciano, and thespians Elsa Pataky, Rosario Dawson, Michele Laroque and Maria Conchita Alonso. Ten percent of the evening’s sales benefited the Environmental Media Association, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that recruited Smart to be a board member eight years ago. “Being an environmentalist is really everyone’s job,” Smart said. On the other hand, Chriqui sounded just like the blithe character Sloan she played in “Entourage” when she advised, “Why not wear something fabulous and save the environment at the same time?” But the poster child of the eco movement was Dawson, who not only drives a Prius, but uses a paperless vacuum cleaner. Pairing black jeans by James Cured by Seun with inverted heel pumps from Marc Jacobs’ current spring collection, she thought her outfit was environmentally friendly. After all, Dawson said of her jeans, “I’ve had them for years.”
SURF’S UP: In keeping with the unseasonably warm weather last week, Hogan hosted a private evening of shopping and cocktails, from which a portion of the sales went to the Surfrider Foundation, an organization that helps preserve oceans, waves and beaches. DJ Rene Goulet spun nightclub-volume tunes as waiters passed around blue trays of hors d’oeuvres and mint-garnished drinks to Tracy Taylor, Marcus Wainwright, David Neville, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Mary Alice Stephenson and a slew of fashion editors. Molly Sims stopped by toting a white Hogan bag before making an early departure. “I’m going to Costa Rica,” she said. “I’m taking surfing lessons.” Co-host Gucci Westman is something of a beach girl herself.
“I go to Barbados every year with my husband,” explained Westman, who wore the same brown leather Hogan espadrilles as multiple women that night. “This summer, we’re going to his parents’ house in Toulouse [France]. He’ll play golf and I’ll hang with my girlfriends.”
A TEESE TOAST: Dita Von Teese is used to unwrapping herself, but last week at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she helped Cointreau unveil a new cocktail named in her honor. The first Cointreau Piece was served to Von Teese after she unveiled her newest burlesque performance, which she finished in an oversize bedazzled martini glass. The concoction, which contains Cointreau, apple and lemon juice, Monin Violet syrup and ginger garnish, was passed to her fans thereafter. “This is exotic and sweet,” said Unruly Heir’s Kristian Laliberte. “Very much like Dita.” But the drink wasn’t the only draw, of course. “It’s Passover,” said fashion designer Anne Leman. “I can’t drink, so I’m really here for Dita.” The event drew a throng of fashion talent, including Adam Lippes, Jason Wu, Richie Rich and Traver Rains of Heatherette, Tara Subkoff and Catherine Malandrino, who was there celebrating her birthday. Also in attendance were actor Jason Lewis, model Nacho Figueras, Russell Simmons and Ru Paul.
CHARLOTTE ON THE GO: Charlotte Ronson has youth on her side. There’s no other way to explain how the fashion designer managed to shoot a Jane Birkin-inspired ad campaign featuring her younger sister, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, with photographer Pamela Hanson in New York last Monday, catch a Kanye West concert in Los Angeles on Tuesday and host an alfresco dinner in Hollywood on Wednesday for Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Robin Thicke, The Donnas’ lead singer Brett Anderson and Ronson’s siblings, Mark and Samantha Ronson. “It seems intense,” Ronson said of her schedule. Her philosophy to cram as much as she can in a day extended to her hosting style. While early-arrival Lohan sat down at the table to receive a gift wrapped in a red scarf, new parents Richie and Madden arrived an hour after the party started at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Dakota Bridge.
LUDACRIS AND FRIENDS: For his second annual Ralph Lauren shopping benefit, Ludacris added some female stars to his roster of hip-hop heavy hitters. Fergie, Ciara and India Arie turned out for the event Thursday at the Lauren flagship in Atlanta’s Lenox Square, along with Dallas Austin and Chaka Zulu, producer of Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label. Many guests, including Ludadris in a Purple Label pinstripe suit, and Ciara in black-and-white leather from the 40th anniversary collection, were decked out head-to-toe in Ralph Lauren. Fergie, a surprise guest, mixed it up. “My dress is Dolce & Gabbana, my belt is Chanel and my shoes are Versace,” she said. “I can never just settle on one designer.” The event drew 450 people and 15 percent of the evening’s sales went to the Ludacris Foundation, which helps youths and their families.