RUNWAY ROADBLOCK: Everyone seems to have an objection in the “Project Runway” lawsuit marathon. The latest motion, as reported by Reuters, was filed late Tuesday night by Lifetime. The network is countersuing NBC Universal, Bravo and The Weinstein Co., seeking exclusive rights to “Project Runway.” To recap for those who haven’t been paying attention, the program was set to move to Lifetime from Bravo in January for the sixth season, but all the court hearings probably mean it won’t be back again for quite some time. NBC Universal in April filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against The Weinstein Co., the show’s producers, claiming NBC had right of first refusal over the reality program. NBC won an injunction in September preventing the show from moving to Lifetime; in October, Lifetime filed a motion to move the case to federal court from state court. Next volley?
— Stephanie D. Smith
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MEN OF THE MOMENT: GQ’s Men of the Year party in Los Angeles on Tuesday temporarily erased economic worries and fire-related concern from the minds of those at the luxe celebration at Chateau Marmont, where stars abounded and revelers carried on into the late evening hours. “This is quite a party, you don’t see many like this these days,” said John Hamm of “Mad Men,” who, during the party, graciously addressed some European fans who were guests at the hotel. The all-out bash also drew the likes of Megan Fox, Jason Statham, Rosario Dawson, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Brody, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman. Leelee Sobieski, in an Issa pantsuit, was fast friends with former New York Jets wide receiver and football bad boy Keyshawn Johnson. “I saw you in a movie and you scared the heck out of me,” said Johnson upon meeting Sobieski, who admitted she’d never been to a professional football game. By night’s end, the two had a plan to hit the gridiron grandstands, and possibly even a basketball game, before season’s close. Kevin Connolly of “Entourage” hit up Johnson for fantasy football advice, since he fared poorly in his first go-round at the often high-stakes office (or on-set) pool. “Man, I suck at this, it was my first time and I don’t know if I’ll try it again,” Connolly said. “Next time, you’d better call me,” Johnson said, laughing.
— Anne Riley-Katz
MAKING THE ROUNDS: France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, stopped by Rolling Stone magazine on Wednesday to meet with the editorial staff and talk about her new album, “Comme si de rien n’était” (“As if Nothing Had Happened”). A spokesman declined to comment on whether Bruni could appear on a future cover — although she did land on the cover of French Rolling Stone a few years ago.
— Amy Wicks
NEW FACES: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Dakota Johnson Griffith are the faces of Mango’s spring catalogue and the duo will also be on hand for the store’s grand opening tonight, along with Ashley Olsen, Adam Lippes and Monica Cruz, sister of Penélope and co-designer of the Cruz sisters’ line with Mango.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS?: Elle Decor’s inaugural Women in Design event was supposed to be a celebration of design visionaries, but it was hard to keep the grim economic outlook out of the panel discussion.
“We’re sort of at the threshold where we ask ourselves, ‘Are we going to give up our wine rooms?’ Maybe,” said architect Annabelle Selldorf, who also talked about how greater wealth had led to more accumulation of objects in the home. And Elle Decor editor in chief Margaret Russell admitted the economic crisis had her taking a second look at some of the more extravagant items featured in her magazine — including a $23,000 Goyard picnic trunk in the June issue. Some of the recent conspicuous consumption “just seems vulgar, and vulgar is not a word I would want associated with our magazine,” she said. The designers agreed their clients were asking for more timeless styles and avoiding what they considered trendy.
The panel also included Cynthia Rowley and decorators Bunny Williams and Celerie Kemble. “Somebody warned me that this was going to be like ‘The View,’ and it is,” said Russell.
Asked about the pending redecoration of the White House for its new occupants, Williams confessed she was more interested in the question of the Obamas’ pets: “I have sent some notes about a dog. And I’m going to send a dog bed when they get it.”
— Irin Carmon