BRAVO L.A.: Sure, Burberry chief executive officer Rose Marie Bravo appeared excited over being able to showcase the Prorsum men’s and women’s collections for the first time in Los Angeles as they were shown on the Milan runway. But at Saturday’s charity luncheon benefiting the Step Up Women’s Network and co-hosted by Fran Drescher, Shiva Rose McDermott, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Tomiko Fraser, Bravo expressed her particular thrill at having mentor Ed Finkelstein seated next to her. “This man taught me nearly everything I know,” she gushed to the table. For his part, Finkelstein, a former Macy’s chief, now retired and living with his wife in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, is considering writing a memoir of his adventures in retailing. “I’m starting to map it out,” he said. “I want to make it fun. I’ve got some good stories to share.”

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The event, which raised more than $50,000 for Step Up and its beneficiary, the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, showcased the spring Prorsum collection on a runway stretched across the infinity pool at the hilltop midcentury home of producer Randy Simon.

CANINE COUTURE?: Platinum and diamond dog bones? Puppy perfume and prêt-à-porter? Flavored vitamin water (chicken or beef)? The Wagging Tail boutique in Santa Monica, opening Dec. 3, is just what Los Angeles needs: a high-end boutique for dogs and the people who love to dress them. On hand to celebrate will be owners Jean and Craig McCoy and co-host Vanessa Getty, along with her in-laws Jacqui, Balthazar and Rosetta, and Shiva Rose McDermott and January Jones.

OUT TO LUNCH: Esquire’s David Granger and Kevin O’Malley hosted the 40th annual Good Guys Luncheon at “21” on Friday. The pre-holiday chat and chew is a gathering of old friends and has had different magazine sponsors over the years. Guests this year included Burt Tansky and Karen Katz of Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman’s Ron Frasch, Bloomingdale’s Michael Gould, Lord & Taylor’s Jane Elfers, Mitchells of Westport’s Jack Mitchell, Andrew Jennings of Holt Renfrew, J.C. Penney’s Allen Questrom, Sweetface Fashion’s Denise Seegal, Matt Serra of Foot Locker, The Limited’s Jeff Sherman, Barneys New York’s Howard Socol, Henri Bendel veteran Geraldine Stutz, Financo’s Marvin Traub, Joseph Abboud’s Bob Wichser, consultants Philip Miller and Dawn Mello, Galyan’s Robert Mang, Hartmarx’s Bert Hand and Hearst’s Cathie Black. No word about how many ads were landed.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Last week, author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen checked out “Seasons of Life and Land: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” a photography exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, with a certain amount of pride. Subhankar Banerjee’s large-format shots had been buried in a lower gallery at the Smithsonian before finding a more prominent home at the AMNH. Matthiessen said he clued in someone at Newsweek about the buried treasure, and the Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets followed.

An energy bill before Congress last week would have opened up drilling in the refuge, the only remaining 5 percent of Alaska’s North Slope where it is prohibited.

“They pulled it from the bill yesterday. I think this had something to do with it,” Matthiessen smiled.

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