LIZA’S AT THE ROSE BAR: Nur Khan hosted a mini-concert by Liza Minnelli as part of the ongoing Rose Bar Sessions at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Monday evening. Among the crowd at the intimate cabaret session were Mary Louise Parker with new boyfriend Charlie Mars, Sandra Bernhard with her girlfriend, Tony Danza fresh off an appearance on “Oprah,” Alan Cumming, and the legendary John Kander, who composed the music for Minnelli’s star-making role in “Cabaret.” The redoubtable star warbled six songs from her just-released album, “Confessions.” “Have you ever seen so much retouching,” asked Minnelli in the spirit of that title, holding up her massively airbrushed portrait on the CD.
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CAVALLI’S CAVALCADE: Roberto Cavalli is going all out to make sure his 40th anniversary gala dinner and party at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris will be an event to remember. Indeed, the evening is shaping up as a celebrity-packed event with 800 guests. Among those expected are Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Aishwarya Rai, Clotilde Coureau, Bianca and Jade Jagger, Mary J. Blige, Sting and Trudie Styler, Janet Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Tyra Banks, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Daphne Guinness, Jenson Button and Craig David. A battalion of models, from Laetitia Casta and Natalia Vodianova to Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone and Jasmine and Amber Le Bon are also expected to attend. Following the dinner, there will be a “Crazy Horse” performance and, according to sources, Kylie Minogue is expected to sing. And to heat things up, DJ David Guetta and Akon will perform “Sexy Bitch.” Let the dancing begin.
HARVARD HONORS TRAUB: Former Bloomingdale’s chairman Marvin Traub, who established a second career as an industry dealmaker and consultant, today receives the Alumni Achievement Award from the Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1949. Though no stranger to awards, Traub said, “This is sort of different. A good deal of the thinking behind this is the importance the business school places on developing second careers. I am an enormous believer in second opportunities.” The day includes a reception, a panel and then a dinner. “I will be in good company,” Traub said, citing James Dimon of J.P. Morgan; astronaut James Lovell of Apollo 13; Susan Decker, the longtime Yahoo senior executive, and Allan Gray of the South African investment management firm as the other honorees.
REED ALERT: Chalk it up to his Coach experience, but Reed Krakoff, who just launched his namesake brand and opened a boutique on Madison Avenue, knows how to get a good crowd for an in-store party. On Thursday, Krakoff celebrated the Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York at his store, as the brand is sponsoring the group’s New York After Dark gala on Oct.13. Among those in the crowd were Tara Rockefeller, Jennifer Creel, Muffie Potter Aston, Zani Gugelmann, Gigi Mortimer, Daisy Olarte de Kanavos and Allison Rockefeller. Only those who came on the early side of the night were able to catch up with the designer himself. Krakoff and his wife Delphine left their own party just as it was kicking into high gear.
CLAUDIA’S CASHMERE: Claudia Schiffer’s upcoming fashion venture will be a cashmere line with a label based in her native Germany. The model has entered into a joint venture partnership with the German cashmere brand Iris von Arnim to design a collection of cashmere pieces for fall. The capsule line — which is intended to be an ongoing collection — will be called Claudia Schiffer, and the model will act as creative director. Schiffer said: “I have been looking for the right partnership for a very long time and I feel very lucky to have found it with IvA,” she said. “We have the same inherent values and I was delighted to find a company to interpret my vision.” Iris von Arnim added, “Claudia is a global fashion icon and a woman with impeccable taste who has a strong vision, and knows exactly what she wants for her line,” she said.