Last year, it was the Costume Institute; this year, Fire & Ice. Sources say that Donatella Versace, having starred at last year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art gala — the New York fashion world’s biggest fall benefit — is heading west to co-chair the Dec. 9 Fire & Ice Ball, Hollywood’s biggest fall benefit. Last year’s designer co-chair was Isaac Mizrahi.
Meanwhile, organizers of the annual AIDS Project Los Angeles gala, traditionally held in May or June, are denying rumors that the event is kaput — although there’s no party in sight. In recent years, APLA has honored Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Gianfranco Ferre and Todd Oldham.
“It’ll happen, and it’ll happen again. We just pushed it off to fall,” claims APLA board member Dana Miller, who says one designer is asking to be honored and APLA has requests out to two others. Miller blames APLA’s Commitment to Life Gala in February — which honored Rosie O’Donnell, Joe Roth and James Cameron — for stealing APLA’s thunder. It raised almost $3.5 million and, Miller says, APLA didn’t want to hit up the same Hollywood crowd again so soon.
Back East, in the Hamptons, there’s a persistent rumor going around that Bryan Bantry’s Goose Creek estate in Wainscott may be up for sale. So Saturday night, when Bantry hosted a screening of the new George Clooney movie “Out of Sight,” a little group of guests jumped at the chance to look around the place. They found Shalom Harlow in the game room playing Ping Pong.
“We’re part of the tour,” peeped the supe as she smacked back a serve. Earlier in the day, Harlow had been working hard — modeling for a Shalimar ad shot on the grounds by Patrick Demarchelier. He and Orlando Pita were also houseguests.
The 120-room screening room itself won high praise. Getty architect Richard Meier called it “the best I’ve ever been in.”
It ought to be. Sources say that the estate has a $20 million asking price.
Minnie Driver won’t be appearing in Halston’s fall ad campaign after all. “The campaign is on hold for a moment,” said Driver’s spokeswoman. Halston, under new ownership, is currently revamping its operation and won’t be advertising at all for fall except for co-op ads, said a company source.