Tara Subkoff Is Going Gotham… Ted Danson Update… Judith Leiber’s Bag…

At Co-Op’s opening night party, Tara Subkoff let slip that she and Tom Hooper are apartment hunting in New York.

Tara Subkoff and Tom Hooper

GOING GOTHAM: After showing off her Patti Smith and Debbie Harry-inspired uniforms for staffers at Co-Op’s opening night party Wednesday, Tara Subkoff let slip that she and Tom Hooper may soon be spending more time in the kitchen together. The couple is apartment hunting in New York. Once they find a place, the designer will run her Imitation business from Gotham, and Hooper no doubt has his share of new projects, after multiple Oscar wins for “The King’s Speech.”

Subkoff’s publicist declined to comment Thursday about any wedding plans, but the couple had plenty of friends to celebrate with at the Hotel on Rivington’s new bistro and sushi bar. Ashton Kutcher dropped by, as did Kirsten Dunst, Michael Stipe, Cécile Winckler and Harry herself. Lissy Trullie sang her lights out during a surprise performance at the after party — though the power held on when lightning struck the 21-story glass tower. The fashion crowd was represented by Chloë Sevigny, Betsey Johnson, Yigal Azrouël, Johan Lindeberg, Mazdack Rassi and Waris Ahluwalia.

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GOING SWIMMINGLY: Actor and activist Ted Danson was among the revelers at La Mer and Oceana’s cocktail party Wednesday night, at which the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand presented the charity with a $100,000 check. “I’m just the guy who says thanks for watching ‘Cheers.’ Here’s a marine biologist you should speak to,” the modest actor said. (Actually, in 1987, Danson helped create the American Oceans Campaign, which became Oceana in 2001, and sits on Oceana’s board of directors.)

The actor is in Manhattan for three months shooting HBO’s “Bored to Death,” in which he stars with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis; Danson calls his character “a combination between George Plimpton and Graydon Carter.” When asked where his actress wife Mary Steenburgen was, Danson proudly noted that she was in Nashville — where she is now under contract to Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter when she’s not making movies. “She writes a variety of material, much of it country,” he said.

LEIBER’S BAG: Judith Leiber made a rare Los Angeles appearance Wednesday for a LACMA Costume Council discussion with brand president Mary Gleason, moderated by Decades’ Cameron Silver. The 90-year-old bag maven recalled learning her trade during the Holocaust, meeting her husband, Gus, in the streets of Budapest two days after the liberation of Hungary and starting her own business in 1963. “I was terrified,” she said. On display were bags from Leiber’s museum in East Hampton, including her first and favorite bag, a brass chatelaine with gold rhinestones. “I had the bag made in Italy and the Italians don’t see so well, so when it came back, I had to add the rhinestones to make it look better. So you see it was a marvelous accident,” she said. Leiber advised against taking thing too seriously, saying whimsy was a large part of her success. Gleason, who during her three-year tenure has launched a fragrance, a bridal collection and a contemporary line, said the Leiber brand would continue to move forward, with a collection of footwear launching next year. 

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