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STAR SIGHTING OVER LANCOME: Beauty giant L’Oréal is in talks with Anne Hathaway about the possibility of the actress becoming a spokeswoman for the Lancôme brand, WWD has learned. If a deal is reached, she would join fellow luminaries Kate Winslet and Clive Owen, who are already fronting for the brand.
SWINGING GIORGIO: For the upcoming Swarovski Fashion Rocks for The Prince’s Trust event on Thursday in London, Giorgio Armani will show a selection of his fall Privé looks as Alicia Keys performs her new hit single “No One” from her soon-to-be-released album “As I Am.” Armani and Keys will walk down the red carpet together, the singer donning a bustier top and black satin gown with Swarovski embroidery. For her performance, Keys has chosen to dress down with a black organza halterneck vest with tails over skinny jeans. The designer also created an exclusive lineup for Samuel L. Jackson, who will cohost the event with Uma Thurman.
THROWING A CURVE: Leave it to Azzedine Alaïa to draw an eclectic and intriguing audience, even to a mini fashion show in his showroom — and long after Paris Fashion Week ended. Sofia Coppola, François Lesage, Marc Newson and designer Haider Ackermann were among those who gathered Tuesday afternoon at Alaïa’s headquarters in the Marais. Also scrutinizing the designer’s spring wares was Norbert Platt, chief executive officer of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, Alaïa’s new financial partners, and Chloé chairman Ralph Toledano. “We’re part of the family now,” Toledano demurred before settling in for the show. “I loved the white fitted dress with the ruffles at the back, as well as the shoes,” said Coppola, whose 11-month-old daughter, Romy, had been playing with a lineup of heels before the show.
HALL PASS: Kevan Hall’s front row was the most star-studded so far at Smashbox Studios for Los Angeles Fashion Week, with actors Eriq La Salle, Nia Long, Shari Belafonte, James Pickens Jr., Jessica Collins, Jennifer Beals, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Rebecca De Mornay showing their support, as well as Hall’s older brother Vondie Curtis-Hall. “Wow, that is beautiful,” gasped De Mornay as the desert print gowns floated down the runway. Despite the fact that she was dressed in head-to-toe black Diane von Furstenberg, she said, “I love all the colors.”
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OLD SCHOOL: “I feel like a disco babe,” exclaimed Debbie Bancroft as she surveyed the decidedly older (and old money) crowd at the Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner. Indeed, there was nary a borrowed dress to be seen as guests like Bill and Donna Acquavella, Irene R. Aitken, Stephen Schwarzman, Catherine Bryan, Jamie Niven and George S. Livanos pulled out their own black-tie finery for cocktails and a seated supper in the museum’s elegant galleries. The event this year honored John and Anne Marion, the latter of whom is chairman of Burnett Oil Co. Inc., and a trustee of, among others, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Though not affiliated with the Frick, it seemed Marion had plenty of friends among the New York crowd. “She has a house in Southampton,” explained Mica Ertegün of her acquaintance with the honoree.
KEEPING IT ROLLING: To Michael Kors, one of the main ingredients of a successful mall retailer is energy — and his new 3,200-square-foot store in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., kicked off with plenty of it Monday night. A crowd of 300 — including Henry Segerstrom, Jerrod Blandino, Jeremy Johnson and Laura Baratta, chairman of the Sound of Music Guild that benefited from the opening party — giddily snapped photos with Kors, chatted with him about “Project Runway,” the fourth season of which will start airing Nov. 15, and fawned over the designer’s merchandise. “I have cotton mouth,” said Kors, while catching his breath and grabbing a drink. The store — Kors’ 17th in the U.S. and fourth in Southern California — is the first to carry the full array of the designer’s collections, from his Jet Set sportswear to Michael Kors, Kors Michael Kors and Michael Michael Kors. “There is nowhere else in the country where you have glamorous teenagers and hip matrons,” said Kors. He hinted that next up in the Kors’ retail stable could be a San Diego location, saying it is “on our horizons.”
WELL INTENTIONED: On Monday evening, the civic-minded likes of Donna Karan, Drena De Niro, Kate Spade and Natasha Richardson filed into Gustavino’s in New York for a silent auction and supper hosted by Kageno, an organization benefiting the people of Kenya and Rawanda. Without question, the most coveted auction item of the evening was a dinner party for 10 at chez Karan. “I’ll only bid on the dinner if Donna is cooking,” joked Spade, who arrived with husband Jack and daughter Frances in tow. Unfortunately for Spade — and for those craving a Big Mac — Karan had no such plans. “My personal chef will prepare an absolute organic experience,” the designer said.
GOOD SPORTS: “As a kid growing up, I was so skinny and geeky and flat-chested that track and field was where I got my confidence,” Sheryl Crow told an audience of athletes Monday night at The Women’s Sports Foundation’s 28th Annual Salute to Women in Sports — adding it was her favorite event of the year. The group honored softball player Monica Abbott and golfer Lorena Ochoa as the 2007 Sportswomen of the Year (Team and Individual, respectively); Olympian figure skater Michelle Kwan as the Billie Jean King Contribution Award winner, and the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team as the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award recipients. Holly Hunter (who played the organization founder, Billie Jean King, in “Battle of the Sexes”) and athletes like Laila Ali also attended the event, which was held at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan and raised more than $1.3 million.