Madonna has been flirting with Versace and Prada lately, but for the movie version of “Evita” she wanted John Galliano. She asked the designer if he would create original gowns for the film, which is now shooting in London. After all, Eva Peron loved to wear Dior and Givenchy, the latter being the designer into whose estimable shoes Galliano is stepping for his first couture showing in Paris in a few weeks. Which is why Galliano had to decline: He’s too busy with the couture and his own fall ’96 collection.
Le Colonial, the upscale restaurant on New York’s East Side, is going Hollywood. Owner Jean Denoyer is in L.A., putting the finishing touches on the West Coast version, which will open in about 10 days right off Robertson Boulevard — right near The Ivy, Mortons and Chaya Brasserie. It’ll have the same haute Vietnamese cuisine and the same two-story setup as its Manhattan counterpart. “With the smell of lemongrass and green papaya right outside the window,” says Denoyer, “you could close your eyes here and actually feel you are in Saigon.”
She’s back. While a number of supermodels have had a go at being Kenar’s “super girl,” featured in its sexy ads and billboards, apparently nobody does it better than Linda Evangelista. Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Trish Goff, Shalom Harlow and Claudia Schiffer have all had their turns. But Kenar is bringing Evangelista back for a third run as the star of its print campaign. Evangelista, who’s signed a one-year contract, will bow in her new-old role in February on the Kenar billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Marylou Whitney almost didn’t make it to the 100-guest Christmas dinner-dance at her Saratoga Springs, N.Y., house. Just over a week earlier, the adventurous hostess was trapped in a tent on Antarctica. “We were fogged in and the temperatures were below zero,” she recalled. “I clutched my Episcopalian Bible for six nights. I didn’t think I’d make it through the morning.” On her arm at the black-tie feast was Whitney’s latest beau, 34-year-old John Henderson.
Each year, celebrities play a bigger role in the CFDA awards ceremony. Last year, Sigourney Weaver and Fran Drescher were among the presenters. This year, Spike Lee will direct a film to be shown at the ceremony, profiling Tommy Hilfiger, the 1995 men’s wear designer of the year. Dennis Hopper has photographed Richard Tyler, winner of the Perry Ellis Award for new men’s fashion talent, for the journal. And the set for the event, to be held Feb. 12 at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater, has been designed by Michael McGarty, set designer for Broadway’s “Master Class.”