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STARRY NIGHT: The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars this fall is shaping up to be another fashion-heavy affair. Alber Elbaz, Hussein Chalayan, Tomas Maier and Rick Owens will be honored for their contributions to fashion; Patricia Wexler will receive the honors for beauty; Steven Klein for media, and Zaha Hadid for architecture. Howard Socol, chief executive officer at Barneys New York, will be given the corporate visionary award, and Josie Natori will get the humanitarian award. They will join Jean Paul Gaultier, who will receive this year’s Superstar Award. The Oct. 25 gala’s theme is “The Rule Breakers.” As in previous years, the gala will be at Ciprani 42nd Street in Manhattan and Simon Doonan will be the host.
PARIS, TEXAS: Southfork Ranch is worlds away from the Champs-Elysées, but on Monday the cast of “Dallas” landed on the famous French avenue to parade wardrobe items destined for a charity auction the next day. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly and Charlene Tilton — who had dug out a number of tasseled delights worn by her character Lucy, aka the “poisoned dwarf,” for the sale — attended the event at Artcurial headquarters. During a cocktail hour, the cast of the legendary TV series was treated to the French version of its theme music.
“I’ve never seen the show in French, but I do know that for the Spanish version they used two people to dub the voices of the entire cast,” said Kanaly, who was holding onto a rodeo belt buckle destined for the hammer. Hagman, meanwhile, who divulged he’s been hit with a bullet on screen 40 times or so during his acting career, said he would be donating a white cowboy hat worn in his role as the villainous oil baron, J.R. Ewing.
HADID’S HELPING HANDS: Revelers at the Serpentine Gallery’s annual summer party in London tonight won’t be getting their usual preview of the museum’s famous outdoor summer pavilion. Instead, they’ll be treated to a special installation by Zaha Hadid. The Serpentine summer pavilion, which usually goes up in June or July, won’t be unveiled until Aug. 22, and Hadid was commissioned to fill the gap. Her work looks like three giant parasols — or mushrooms — springing from a black base.
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“Zaha is our hero,” said Nadja Swarovski, whose company is this year’s pavilion and party sponsor. “It’s been a super collaboration.” Swarovski has also injected the party with a strong fashion vibe: The committee includes Giles Deacon, Philip Treacy, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Stephen Webster. Hadid’s magic mushrooms will be on display until the proper pavilion — a timber-clad structure that resembles a spinning top by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Kjetil Thorsen — is unveiled. A Serpentine spokeswoman said the gallery decided to open the pavilion in August so that it could run longer into autumn, overlap with Frieze Art Fair and host a series of planned talks. It will remain at the Serpentine through November.
CLOTHES-HORSING AROUND: Justin Timberlake may be busy bringing SexyBack, but he’s clearly not too busy to plug his clothing label William Rast in London. The singer, who’s in town for the U.K. leg of his concert tour, was at Harvey Nichols Monday night to fete the U.K. launch of the label, which is being sold exclusively at the store. He and William Rast co-founder Trace Ayala partied with guests, including Max Irons, Petra Nemcova, Lily Cole, Olivia Inge, Reena Hammer and Amy Sacco during cocktails in the Harvey Nichols penthouse bar.
“Our label is inspired by a lot of things,” said Timberlake, who was dressed head-to-toe in William Rast rockabilly-meets-streetwear duds. “That’s the beauty of fashion, you can combine everything from urban style to couture.” The party wound up at around 11 p.m., but not before pal Fergie and Timberlake — who earlier bemoaned not getting much downtime on tour — indulged in an hour of private shopping in the store.
A SHOW OF HANDS: Hands may be expressive, but gloves have personality. Last week, Parisian fashion wit and curator Olivier Saillard made that point with an unusual gloves-on fashion show after Anne Valerie Hash‘s couture show. Saillard used variants of white gloves worn by trainee secretaries in the Fifties to portray different kinds of journalists. For example, he dedicated one pair with the fingertips snipped off to the “lofty and absent” type who prefers to sit in traffic filing her nails rather than make it to the shows. “The idea was based on imaginary journalists, but Carmel Snow was definitely an inspiration,” Saillard explained. “She was an assassin of words.”