GETTING PINNED: Concerned that AIDS awareness has slipped the public radar, AmFAR and Bulgari have teamed up to create a new, limited edition 18 karat gold and enamel red ribbon for stars to wear on Oscar night. Sharon Stone, Laura Linney and Sherry Lansing are among those who will play host for the pin’s Los Angeles launch party at Indochine March 20. “The entertainment community has been among the most committed to fighting against AIDS, and AmfAR is fortunate to have a longstanding friend in Bulgari,” said AmFAR founder Mathilde Krim.
SHOE-INS: It’s no longer enough to pick up a pair of diamond-encrusted sandals from a suite at L’Ermitage a week before the Oscars. Ever upping the ante, Jimmy Choo has already taken 100 special orders for the big night, including stilettos from the current ready-to-wear and fall collections. Many will be be custom dyed by craftsmen flown in from England or hand painted by Rosie Mennen, the artist who creates the scenarios on Lulu Guinness’s collectible handbags.
RAISING THE BAR: Spago Hollywood might be on its way out, but a new crop of restaurants and boites is poised to pickup the Oscar party slack. Jeff Gossett’s Moomba has come West, and is already booked for Tod’s, Elton John’s and In Style’s Oscar fetes. Temple, the stark white Asian restaurant housed in a former coffee shop, is already the fashionista favorite, and Audrey Bernstein has relocated her Wednesday night karaoke jam sessions here. And week-old bar Belly looks to be the site for twentysomething celebrations; Rashida Jones threw her birthday party there Sunday night.