AROUND CANNES: Valentino‘s reception Wednesday for its in-store photo exhibit, “Celebrities,” yielded few live stars — Julia, J.Lo, Gwyneth, Halle and Charlize were instead rendered on giant linen panels hung throughout Nikki Beach club — but a battalion of jet-setters, including Ivana Trump (in a peacock-feathered dress by Zang Toi) and Piedras swimwear designers Maria Buccellati and Paula Berger (in classic white and red Valentino), sucked on Remy Martin popsicles and cigarettes. Trump’s yacht, My Ivana, and Berger’s yacht, Tommy, soon to be the backdrop for a Dolce & Gabbana shoot, were docked nearby, ready to transport them to the next stop, Hotel du Cap, where Palisades Pictures chief Vin Roberti hosted a lavish sit-down dinner with his lady love, Steve Madden shoe designer Kate Nahon (in Versace) at Eden Roc. As the co-chair of the AmFar dinner on Thursday, Roberti pulled fashionable co-chairs Carine Roitfeld (in Prada and Anna Molinari) and Kenneth Cole into the fray.
Downstairs, the sound of Formula One engines interrupted jazz offspring Shamika Copeland as race-car playboy Flavio Briatore and his team of models toasted the Monaco Grand Prix. The party, thrown by de Grisogono’s Fawaz Gruosi (whose wife is Chopard president Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele), drew the likes of Naomi Campbell, Victoria Silvstedt, Chinese actress Xin Lee and Kid Rock.
Meanwhile, Paul Allen hosted his second yacht party of the festival onboard Octopus, where earlier in the week he’d entertained the crowd by playing guitar with Kevin Bacon. The scene Wednesday was a bit tame, however, more so than back on the shore, where the Chinese Film Commission honored star Ziyi Zhang, who, like Jessica Alba, at the Palais for “Sin City,” wore Armani Prive.
Eventually, the action moved back up to the main hotel bar, where Jim Jarmusch, Bill Murray and Javier Bardem eyed a crowd including Irena Medavoy, who had just returned from the late-night “Sin City” premiere.
Medavoy’s shipmates on board Larry Ellison‘s yacht, Rising Sun — Ellison’s wife, Melanie; Vanessa Getty; Jennifer Stallone; Red Barris, and Allison Speer — chose to stay onboard the floating 421-foot luxury vessel for a late-night feast of French fries, Caesar salad and spaghetti and meatballs. Getty had changed out of her Alaia into a fluffy robe while a barefoot Melanie Ellison and her guests got comfy in sweaters and jeans. Certainly, a week of parties, blowouts and massages in the elegant Zen-style spa (“It was my only request when Larry built the yacht,” said Melanie Ellison) left the guests drained and pampered all at once, but sad to jet home Thursday morning. “I think I’ll miss this life,” sighed Getty, “but it’s time to get back to reality”.
Meanwhile, the A-list glamazons who had been missing all week will arrive in town on Sunday to shoot the 2006 Pirelli calendar, including a possibly expectant Uma Thurman, Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen.
AUCTION, ACTION: If owning a garment that once belonged to a celebrity is your idea of excitement, you won’t want to miss Life & Style magazine’s “Clothes Off Our Back” fund-raiser, to be held May 26 at Los Angeles’ Montmartre Lounge. The event will feature a runway show and charity auction of dresses worn by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Joss Stone, Tyra Banks and Virginia Madsen, with proceeds going to the Cure Autism Now Foundation. “American Idol” star Fantasia is slated to perform at the party, and Brittany Murphy and Tori Spelling are expected to attend. The event also will feature the presentation of Life & Style’s Stylemakers awards, and recipients are expected to include designers Kevan Hall, Lizzie Scheck and George Mang.
OPRAH GO BRA: Some might argue a bra has its own full-rigged chassis, so in that vein, it’s fitting that talk show host Oprah Winfrey will be doling out free bras to 300 audience members at her show today. Last fall she created a storm of publicity when she gave each audience member at one show a free Pontiac G6.
This time around, the bounty is Le Mystere’s $56 “Tisha” bra, a seamless molded number that was one of Winfrey’s spring 2003 favorite picks in her magazine. The giveaway is part of “Oprah’s Bra and Swimsuit Intervention.” Le Mystere’s creator, Michael Rabinowitz, will be in the crowd today. It’s too soon to tell how the freebies will affect his business. Earlier this month, General Motors Corp. began adding 900 jobs at its Orion assembly plant to staff a second production shift to boost output of the Pontiac G6.