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Giannina Facio, Ridley Scott’s Costa Rican wife and the producer of his upcoming Gucci biopic, revealed more details about the project on Wednesday night at pal Salma Hayek’s dinner in Los Angeles for Sergio Rossi creative director Edmundo Castillo. The project is stalled due to the writers’ strike, but Scott seems to have settled on a writer, the third scribe to work on the script. Facio said while she was the one who read the biography and showed it to her husband, she defers to him on all creative matters, including casting, which hasn’t happened yet. “Ridley makes all the decisions about the movie. He’s an artist, and he does what he wants,” she said, though she emphasized the actors chosen to play the likes of Tom Ford, the murdered Maurizio Gucci and Domenico De Sole would be major stars, not Italian unknowns.

The film will span from the Sixties to the Nineties, and expect to see original period pieces from Gucci’s archives. “I have spoken to all of the family members except for Patricia because I want to make sure we make an authentic movie,” said Facio. “Of course, everyone wants to tell it from their point of view.”

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Hayek, meanwhile, showed off photos on her BlackBerry of her four-month-old daughter Valentina by Gucci Group owner François-Henri Pinault. “She has such a personality,” said Hayek, imitating her daughter’s laugh.

The tot is certainly off to a fashionable start — Castillo designed a tiny pair of shoes for her. “She’s not big enough to wear them yet, but maybe in a month,” said Hayek. After dinner Vanessa Williams and Eva Chow set out to the new Sergio Rossi store across the street for some late-night shopping. “I’m going to get into a lot of trouble,” said Chow.

Across the country the same night, the party season returned with a vengeance when Chanel hosted a dinner for 300 in the renovated ballroom of The Plaza. Every social worth her standing turned out, as did a handful of TV actresses (whose time has really been freed up with the writers’ strike), for the glittering affair celebrating Coco Chanel’s affection for diamonds.

But the star of the evening — outside of the fine jewelry on display — was the restored ballroom, adorned for the evening by party planner Bronson van Wyck. “Frank Sinatra used to get down in there,” said Erin Wasson excitedly.

“The last time they redid it, Ivana did it and we all came,” recalled Jamee Gregory. “It was covered in gold.”

“I used to come here to have tea and visit Eloise,” said Ellen Pompeo, who was due to jet off to Paris for the Armani Privé show. Many of the other guests were hours away from flying to Lauren Davis’ wedding in Cartagena, Colombia, this past weekend and so they packed it in early.

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