VIEW FROM THE TOP: For those tourists who could stand the hot, crowded, seemingly endless line to the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck on Thursday, there was a treat beyond the legendary view. At the top was singer Rihanna, bedecked in a Cartier tiara and a short printed PPQ dress. There to help Cartier North America president and chief executive officer Frédéric de Narp switch on the building’s lights to red in honor of Love Day, Rihanna (who is said to be dating Chris Brown) said that while she is “not in love” at the moment, she is in love with the tiara she was loaned by the company for the event. “My tiara is a little street,” she said of the pricey gemstone studded headpiece, which was worn to the side. “Well, the tiara isn’t really street…I moved it to the side, it’s a little rock ‘n’ roll.” De Narp and his team flew in from Los Angeles late Wednesday night, where the company threw its third annual Love event, which was attended by the likes of Janet Jackson and Fergie.
WEDDING BELLE: A little bit of Hollywood is coming to the Hamptons next weekend, when actress Joy Bryant weds her beau of over a year, movie stuntman David Pope, in a beachside ceremony at a private house in Amagansett. The 31-year-old Bryant will wear a dress made for her by designer Angela Missoni and change into a floral print Missoni number to celebrate with her 100-plus guests, while her 37-year-old groom will don a pale gray Calvin Klein Collection suit. The last well-known bride to wear Missoni was Charlotte Rampling at her South of France wedding to her then-agent, Bryan Southcombe, over 35 years ago.
This wedding might come as a surprise to many. Bryant managed to keep her engagement out of the tabloids, unlike most starlets.
And there won’t be a long honeymoon: Bryant is heading straight to work on her new TV show, “Virtuality.”
HOT STUFF: Actor Emile Hirsch, who recently made ripples with Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” has posed for larger-than-life images wearing Valentino’s new spring 2009 looks. The black-and-white photos were just shot in Milan by photographer Gian Paolo Ferrari, and will serve as the backdrop for the collection designed by Ferruccio Pozzoni at the June 27 presentation in Paris. Hirsch will be on hand at both the Milan and Paris presentations.
GREEK TO ME: Amy Sacco, Andrew Saffir and New York Ranger-cum-Vogue intern Sean Avery trekked to the IAC Building on the West Side to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bulgari’s Diagono watch collection. The company bowed new styles for the collection — which is based on the Greek word agon, which means competition — in Switzerland in April but the party was the first time the watches were shown to clients. “The watches were very well received at Basel,” enthused François Kress, President of Bulgari USA.
A PERFECT TEN: Didier Grumbach had double reason to celebrate being reelected as president of the French Fashion Federation at its recent general assembly, marking a decade in the post. Also at the event, Grumbach was awarded the National Order of Merit by France’s Minister of Economy, Christine Lagarde. The award was created in the Sixties by then President Charles de Gaulle to honor distinguished civil and military achievements.
CARTOON NETWORK: Sin City celebrated fashion, art and film on Monday night as Louis Vuitton hosted a champagne-fueled cocktail party at the Wynn Las Vegas in honor of Takashi Murakami’s first film “Kaikai & Kiki, Episode I: Planting the Seeds.” The animated short was premiering as part of the CineVegas film festival, and follows the outer space adventures of Kaikai and Kiki, two recurrent characters in Murakami’s two-dimensional work. “Some people like baseball or football; I’m a big fan of animation,” explained the pony-tailed artist, as he was greeted by well-wishers including mega-art collectors Elaine and Steve Wynn, Dennis Hopper and CineVegas president Robin Greenspun before the screening at the Wynn’s Lake of Dreams, where the film was projected directly onto a waterfall. But there was another reason for Louis Vuitton to celebrate: the unveiling of the latest Murakami-created collection, Monogramouflage. Inspired by the artist’s work, Magic Ball, as well as his own penchant for wearing camouflage-patterned clothing, the complete collection will be on sale to big winners at the Wynn starting July 1.