They don’t call it Lucky Cheng’s for nothing. The boisterous East Village Chinese restaurant, better known for its all-drag-queen staff of waitresses than its fried rice, lucked out in terms of clientele last week. One night, Prince Albert was spotted dining there with a party of nine at a back table, and was so amused by the “waitresses,” he had two wait on his table. Another night, several parties of 12 arrived at once, and only one large table was available. Bernadette Peters and Amy Irving snagged it for their big party, which left Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino and their group in a huff. Streisand and Pacino refused to wait and marched out.

Herb Ritts, hair stylist Kevin Mancuso and makeup artist Francesca Tolot are all working in Los Angeles this week on the print and TV campaigns for Chanel’s new fragrance (the name is being kept under wraps), with a whole troupe of models — but no supermodels.

Ross Bleckner and Kelly Klein are gearing up to host what promises to be quite a power party this Saturday. The picnic/dance, to be held on the old Truman Capote estate in Sagaponick, will benefit the Community Research Initiative for AIDS (CRIA). Those who’ve already said they’re coming include Calvin Klein, Claudia Cohen, David Geffen, Barry Diller, Sandy Gallin, Donna Karan, Bianca Jagger and Carolina Herrera.

Just how valuable is Claudia Schiffer’s time? Valentino is said to have paid the supermodel $30,000 to make a brief appearance in his show last Tuesday as part of the Donne Sotto le Stelle fashion fest in Rome, held before couture week in Paris.
While Valentino won’t comment on Schiffer’s fee, he did ask her to fly to Rome from Mexico, where she was shooting for Revlon. The supermodel got mobbed by fans at the Rome airport and stayed with Val to avoid further such scenes at a hotel.

There’s been a mega-sale in the Hamptons — in fact, some people are calling it the biggest sale ever in the East End. Rumor has it that Bob and Renee Belfer have purchased By the Way on Gin Lane in Southampton for $14 million. Sotheby’s would only confirm that a sale had been made, but would not comment on the price or the buyer.

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