Nothing puts uptown ladies in the mood for spring quite like the requisite sandal splurge. Despite Tuesday’s grizzly weather, a chic group of them, including Jill Roosevelt, Marisa Noel and Jane Lauder, made a noontime trek to SoHo’s Hogan boutique, where the season’s new styles had hit the floor hours earlier. (A portion of the proceeds went to the Boys’ Club program “Project Read.”)
Fifth Avenue’s very own Karen LeFrak got lost on the way downtown, poor thing.
“I got off on the Fulton street exit,” she pleaded, apologizing to hostess Sam Gregory for her tardy arrival. “I’ve been driving around in circles for an hour.”
But no matter — the ladies were so intent on sampling the footwear and cooing over Amanda Cutter’s baby, Carmen, that no one noticed. Jamee Gregory slipped into every sandal in the store before settling on some pink slides.
“And now I’m trying to decide between the orange and the camel ones, too,” she said.
The most popular item? Strappy wedges. (Thirty pairs flew off the shelves.) And, of course, the fringe bags. Eleanor Lembo arrived clutching a champagne-colored version that she was trying to conceal.
“Oops,” she whispered. “It’s a knockoff.”
On the West Coast, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw all came out for Saks Fifth Avenue’s “An Unforgettable Evening,” which benefited Cedars-Sinai research for women’s cancers. In a philosophical mood, a Versace-clad Elton John, the recipient of an award for his commitment to philanthropy, imparted some words of wisdom.
“I’ve learned that giving my time is as important as giving my money.”

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