GUEST OF HONOR: C.Z. Guest, who’s getting the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America on June 3, has asked Oscar de la Renta to design her gown for the evening, but it turns out he is a second choice. Guest originally wanted to pull one of the vintage Mainbocher gowns she has donated to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art over the years, de la Renta said, but the museum frowns upon that sort of thing. “I went with C.Z. to look at some of her old dresses from Main,” de la Renta said. “But once a dress is given to the Met, they don’t want to lend it out again. Otherwise, every lady in New York would give her clothes to the museum and use it as a closet.” Not a problem. De la Renta said he plans to create a dress in the spirit of the late designer.
Meanwhile, is First Lady Laura Bush ready for her first Oscar? Talk was that she had an appointment to visit the designer’s showroom last September, but canceled after the terrorist attacks. Now it seems she’s in the midst of fittings with de la Renta. Let’s hope the President signs off on it.

GUCCI GUY: Kal Ruttenstein doesn’t know precisely what he’s wearing to the CFDA Awards June 3 at the New York Public Library, where he will receive the Eleanor Lambert Award, but one thing’s for sure: It’s being designed by Tom Ford. Ruttenstein, senior vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s, rang the Gucci Group creative director and Ford accepted the wardrobing assignment. “He’s going to send me five sketches,” Ruttenstein reported over the weekend in Kuwait, where he was attending the grand opening of the massive Villa Moda specialty store owned by his friend, Majed Al-Sabah. “I’m not sure if it’ll be Yves Saint Laurent or Gucci. Maybe Gucci is more me. It’s more flashy.” And it’ll be head to toe. “He’s also designing me sneakers and a cane,” Ruttenstein added

SHOP TALK: De Beers might soon find itself in swank new quarters. According to sources, the diamond company is negotiating to take over the Louis Vuitton space at the St. Regis. If it happens, it will mark the first De Beers store in the U.S. A London store is expected this fall.
Elsewhere on the retail front, the Genny store at 831 Madison Avenue has closed. Sources report that Prada, which owns Genny, will hang onto the lease — likely for another of its brands.

CROSSED WIRES: You can’t judge a book by its cover. New York publicist Nadeen Johnson sent out a release on Friday claiming that the new May issue of French Vogue featured only one model — Liya Kebede — in all its fashion and beauty editorials.
The release says the issue, which lands on European newsstands Friday, “will be a first in the history of French Vogue — which has never, until now, committed an entire edition of the monthly style bible to one girl.” Problem is, that’s not the case.
Kebede, a 23-year-old Ethiopian model, is featured on the cover and in four out of six of the magazine’s fashion spreads, but she is not the only model. A shoot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vindooh Matadin, styled by Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, features a slew of other girls, from Bridget Hall to Carmen Kass. A beauty story, about love handles, features a white girl’s torso, and another fashion story, about shoes, shows only feet.

CINDY’S SCENT: For those who have missed seeing Cindy Crawford in beauty ads the last few seasons, not to worry: She’ll soon be starring in ads for her own signature scent. Last week, David Sims photographed Crawford in New York for her fragrance line. Guido Palau styled her hair. As reported, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics, Wella AG’s cosmetics and fragrance arm, inked a long-term license agreement with Crawford last year to market fragrances and personal-care products. The fragrance is expected to bow this fall in Germany and will be available only in Europe. It might hit the U.S. next year.

CERRUTI CHANGES: It’s no secret that Fin.part is pumping its energies into Cerruti, and it’s starting with its execs. Sources in Milan say Emanuele Pedrotto, operations director at Dolce & Gabbana, has left the pair and is on his way to Cerruti.

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