CHEERS DEARS: Liev Schreiber took his 3-year-old son Alexander to Tara Subkoff’s Imitation show Sunday — a first for the toddler. “I asked him if he liked the clothes and he said, ‘Yeah! But how come the girls look so unhappy?’ which I thought was pretty telling,” said Schreiber. The actor may do some Shakespeare in the Park this summer but for now he prefers to hang out with his boy.
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LINDSAY BOUGHT IT: In the past week, Kimberly Ovitz has skyrocketed to infamy — or rather, a certain skintight white dress of hers has, thanks to Lindsay Lohan. Asked about that limelight moment during her presentation at The Pace Gallery on Saturday, Ovitz noted the actress bought the dress on her own — no, it wasn’t a loan — and Ovitz only found out when TMZ called her up for a quote. “I never would have planned to have something like this happen right before my show,” she remarked. “Despite all the hubbub, I just kept my eye on the new collection I’m presenting, but I can’t deny she did look great in it, regardless of context.”
MARC’S MATE: Real Housewife of D.C. Mary Schmidt Amons is teaming up with Marc Bouwer to further her Labels for Love charity. And, yes, she is still friendly with her reality TV friends save for the White House crasher whom she declined to discuss. Entertaining is in her genes — her grandfather Arthur Godfrey was a well-known radio and TV personality in the Fifties. He is better known in these parts for buzzing the air traffic control tower at Teterboro Airport in his DC3 after being told his plane could not land, she said.
TORY’S MOB SCENE: Kanye West, Kelly Rutherford of “Gossip Girl,” Vince and Louise Camuto and Silas Chou were among those who crammed into Tory Burch’s fashion presentation Sunday afternoon. Burch mingled with the crowd, which mostly stood and tried to get a peak at the runway. Rutherford said she just designed a handbag line for QVC that will be introduced Feb. 26. The Camutos were checking out Burch’s shoes and boots, which they produce, and Chou said he’s good friends with Burch, and was accompanying his daughter, a University of Pennsylvania freshman, to the show.
ENGLISH LAUNDRY SEES BLUE AND GREEN: The Los Angeles-based music-inspired lifestyle brand English Laundry is selling a majority interest to private equity and brand management firm Bluestar Alliance for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2000 by Christopher Wicks, the global lifestyle brand has expanded from embellished and embroidered shirts inspired by the music in Britain of the Sixties and Seventies to include suits, jackets and bottoms. Wicks will retain a “significant minority interest” and remain creative director.
BATTLE FOR LA RINASCENTE: The future of La Rinascente may rest in the hands of a Milan judge. Maurizio Borletti, one of the owners of the historical Italian department store chain and a descendant of the original founder, is contesting the procedure for the sale of La Rinascente and a hearing is set for Feb. 16. Central Retailing Corp., a conglomerate from Thailand, is interested in an acquisition of the store. Borletti said he “was not given the opportunity to conduct due diligence and was negated access to La Rinascente’s data room.” Several luxury brands, “to my surprise,” said Borletti, came forward to back the entrepreneur’s offer, concerned with the mass-market image of Central Retailing. Citing confidentiality agreements, Borletti declined to name either his supporters or the value of La Rinascente, which includes both the company and its real estate, including the prestigious flagship in Milan’s Piazza Duomo. Sources estimate the price tag, excluding the real estate properties, could reach 200 million euros, or $270.9 million at current exchange.