SAKS AND SANCHEZ: Hugo Boss pulled out all the stops Wednesday to entertain more than 60 top Saks Fifth Avenue executives at a dinner in a penthouse space in the Trump SoHo hotel, including general managers of Saks stores from around the country, in town for a company conference. The night’s guest of honor was New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who regularly wears Hugo Boss but is not officially affiliated with the brand — yet. “I’m one of those guys who is — I think the expression is ‘a long-suffering Jets fan,’ ” said Ron Frasch, president and chief merchandising officer at Saks, who was clearly excited to hang with the gridiron hero. However, he joked that Jennifer De Winter, Saks’ executive vice-president of stores, had whispered, “Who’s Mark Sanchez?” In between a musical performance from Ashford and Simpson and a promotional video for Hugo Boss featuring Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Hugo Boss Americas chief executive officer Mark Brashear exhorted his Saks guests to boost Boss sales to more than $1 million per store this year. He noted the brand’s sales were up 23 percent last year at Saks. Sanchez declined to answer any questions on the record (on the advice of his manager).
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NO-SHOW CONTENDERE: Naomi Campbell was nowhere to be found Thursday when a brusque New York State Supreme Court Judge Judith Gische told the supermodel’s lawyers that they have until Feb. 24 to respond to accusations, including perjury, in the breach of contract case filed against the supermodel by plaintiff Moodform Mission.
In the meantime, the no-nonsense judge will deliberate on the plaintiff’s summary judgment request and whether to dismiss Campbell’s countersuit against her former agent Carole White, who was a principal in the cosmetics firm. The court will also rule on the defense’s request to have oral arguments held in private and to have the transcript sealed.
If Thursday’s hearing was any indication, the case isn’t going to be decided any time soon. “This may be a case of ‘no fine wine before it’s time,’” the judge told attorneys for both sides after hearing initial arguments.
According to Moodform’s lawyer Dan Bright, the judge’s ruling on these matters “could take months.”
POWER COUPLE: A sun-kissed Cameron Diaz dazzled guests at a cocktail party at Elie Saab’s Paris home on Wednesday night — marking the wrap-up of couture week — accompanied by her towering beau, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. “I love Paris,” enthused Rodriguez, adding that earlier in the day he and Diaz had gone to see the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the city’s Musée d’Art Moderne. “His work is just amazing.” The third baseman looks forward to the start of baseball season on April 1. “So I have been training pretty hard,” he said. Jokester Diaz dished out surfing tips, meanwhile. “You have to paddle, paddle hard,” she laughed. The actress has just finished shooting the comedy “Bad Teacher,” which also stars Justin Timberlake. Numero editor in chief Babette Djian nipped into the party briefly, in between shooting with Karl Lagerfeld. Meanwhile, Middle Eastern songstress Elissa entertained guests with some of her hits and then danced the night away with other revelers.
GUCCI’S GRAMMY TIME: Gucci is planning a triple threat for Grammy weekend, with creative director Frida Giannini, an avid music fan, jetting to Los Angeles on Feb. 11 to be an honoree at UNICEF’s first annual Women of Compassion luncheon at Colleen and Bradley Bell’s home. Jennifer Lopez will present the award, with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige as honorary chairs. The next day, Giannini will co-host a pre-Grammy brunch at Soho House West Hollywood with Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z. On Grammy Sunday, Giannini will attend the awards show at Staples Center to showcase Gucci timepieces and jewelry’s three-year partnership with The Recording Academy, for which Giannini has designed a limited edition collection of Grammy-inspired pieces, proceeds from which will support the restoration and preservation of musical recordings in the Grammy Museum. Her visit marks the first time Giannini has come to L.A. in an official, name-on-the-invite capacity since hosting a Children’s Action Network fashion show at Michael and Eva Chow’s home in November 2005.