BEAUTY IS DIRT CHEAP: Not one to mince words, the late Ingrid Bergman was known to tell designers their prices were too steep. “I think she offended several designers by saying their clothes were too expensive,” said her daughter, Isabella Rossellini, at Thursday’s preview of “Here’s Looking at You Kid: Selections from the Ingrid Bergman Collection.” “People attacked her for it and she said, ‘I just said the truth. How can someone pay so much money for a dress?’” continued Rossellini’s twin, Ingrid.
As for whether Bergman doled out fashion advice to her daughters, Ingrid Rossellini said, “Never. She just said, ‘Don’t spend too much money.’”
Despite her frugalness, Bergman splurged for the occasional Nina Ricci, Christian Dior or Balmain. A few of her designer frocks are on display at the exhibition at Scandinavia House, which opens Saturday and ends July 17. Bergman’s daughter, Pia Lindstrom, and son, Robertino Rossellini, also checked out the show.
Isabella Rossellini, the former face of Lancôme, laughed at the idea of returning to modeling cosmetics. “I’m 52. I don’t think cosmetic companies have plans to come back to me. I’m available.”
GREEN GRASS: As temperatures in Los Angeles lingered beyond 90 degrees well after the sun set Tuesday night, Greybull Press publishers Roman Alonso and Lisa Eisner mercifully opted for a last-minute switch from celebrating their newest picture book, “The Hollywood Life: The Glamorous Homes of Vintage Hollywood,” from the velvet-covered lounging area inside the Chateau Marmont to its wonderful courtyard. Under the stars, photographer Eliot Elisofon’s snapshots of Sixties-era movie stars flashed on an oversized screen. Magical, totally. But those who know how protective Chateau owner Andre Balazs is of his perennially green patch of grass were all the more impressed. He’s been known to ask upward of $15,000 to use it — a kind of re-sod security. But there they were, a couple dozen of Greybull’s best pals — including Colleen and Elizabeth Callendar, China Chow, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer, Loris Azarro designer Vanessa Seward, Gina Gershon, Sarah Paulson and Clea DuVall — sprawled out on the lawn, popping popcorn during the slide show. With some 80 books sold, Alonso and Eisner continued to hold court after midnight, finally saying their goodbyes to Chloë Sevigny, who proudly showed off her backstage sticker pass from the Morrissey concert she just returned from.