BE MY GUEST: He may not technically be a couturier, but Martin Margiela is the latest designer to add his name to the thinning Paris couture calendar. The secretive Belgian has been “invited” by the Chambre Syndicale to the official couture roster this July. A Margiela spokeswoman said the house would exhibit his so-called artisanal collection of handmade pieces in a still-life presentation. Margiela showed his artisanal clothes off-calendar during January’s couture. Meanwhile, the house is gearing up for a retrospective in Hong Kong, opening June 7, in the building that will house its new boutique in that city, which is slated to open in late July.
GOING ONCE: NBC president Bob Wright will be Donald Trump‘s apprentice when they serve as auctioneers at tonight’s McCarton Foundation benefit honoring Judith Giuliani and Katie Couric. Keeping things all in the network family — if only for the night — Conan O’Brien will host the Chelsea Piers event. Carolina Herrera is among the auction donators, having offered two tickets to her spring 2007 show and a Carolina Herrera gown, complete with a personal fitting. A Yves Saint Laurent Muse bag and $1,000 Theory store gift certificate will also be up for grabs.
COSTUME SALE: A few New Yorkers will get a preview of “The Devil Wears Prada” at an advance screening at the St. Regis Hotel on Tuesday night. The viewing will be followed by a dinner and a Sotheby’s-run auction of the costumes from the movie, which officially premieres June 30. Stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and stylist Patricia Field will be on hand as items such as a Prada black wool coat, a John Galliano gown and a Gucci tote will go on the block to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress for Success and Equality Now. The likes of Candice Bergen, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan and Martha Stewart are on the host committee.
STARS ALIGNING: The 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards are less than three weeks away, and the list of celebrity presenters is beginning to take shape. Scarlett Johansson has been tapped to present the 2006 Womenswear Designer of the Year award, for which Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs have been nominated. John Legend and Alicia Keys, meanwhile, will team up to hand out three Swarovski’s Perry Ellis awards in the women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories categories. The awards, which will be held at the New York Public Library on June 5, will be hosted by Jeremy Piven, the star of HBO’s “Entourage.”