CARTIER’S MORNING GLORY: It was raining cats and dogs Wednesday morning, but when Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue mansion to kick off the jeweler’s holiday season, the downpour stopped like a miracle on 52nd Street. Parker unveiled the holiday windows, which feature the Duke and Duchess of Windsor brooch — which is not for sale but is estimated to be worth $2 million — then pressed a button to light the three panthers that slither up or lounge on the mansion’s exterior, then went back inside to view the new Collection Panthere de Cartier, which homes in heavily on Cartier’s signature panther motif.
Despite the dazzling diamonds on display, the actress was modest when it came to her personal holiday desires. “I don’t have a particular wish list,” Parker said. “Now that I am a mother, I hope for my family to be safe.”
Not even a diamond or two? “I can only fantasize about jewelry — the reality is different,” she said. “But it should be on every lady’s wish list. I am a patron of great Fifth Avenue jewelers.”
GET COMFY: Sleek in a black Fifties-inspired number by Narciso Rodriguez and white perforated pumps by Ernesto Esposito, Jewel’s new style has more than a fair amount of p.r. value. About 1,000 people lined up at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills Tuesday night to see the Atlantic Records star, one of the faces of the retailer’s “Gifts That Give Back” campaign benefiting the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. “I’ve been around for 10 years, I need something to say besides ‘I’m from Alaska,’” she said, of her new image. Then again, you can’t entirely take the country out of the girl. “I can be dressed up for an hour and then I lose it,” Jewel added, giving a nod to stylist Jessica Paster, who was standing by with a pair of Uggs boots and jeans.
EAU DE JOIE: With its cheeky “Fashion Stinks” T-shirts, “It” brand Joie is smelling success to the tune of 40,000 units and several other variations on the “Stinks” series — “Boys Stink,” “Love Stinks,” “Hollywood Stinks” and others — shipping this week to retailers nationwide. The twist? On the back it states “Just kidding, love Joie.” What began as a joke last Christmas when a batch of “Holidays Stink” were gifted to company friends, lead to “Fashion Stinks,” which got consumers demanding their own when models started showing up in them. Among the most photographed in her shirt is Cindy Crawford, who suggested to co-owner Sean Barron that he make a “Retirement Sucks” style. Oprah Winfrey brandished her “Diet Stinks” shirt on her show. Spotting a phenom in the making, the brand is sending out this week’s orders with hang tags plugging a contest through Jan. 16 for the next round of “Stinks” tops. The 10 best by consumers will appear on the spring collection, and one name among them will be drawn to win a Joie Vespa scooter.
NEW ON MADISON: Margaret Barbour, who recently picked up the honor of Dame from Queen Elizabeth II, will be Stateside Tuesday for the debut of the first Barbour store in the U.S. J. Barbour & Sons Ltd., the British country clothing company, is teaming up with Madison Avenue retailer Peter Elliot to open Barbour by Peter Elliot at 1046 Madison Avenue.
IN THE BAG: Since Gwen Stefani, Eve, Jennifer Lopez and Monica Lewinsky all paved the way in handbags, some lesser-known celebrities want to get in on the biz. The latest? Actress Kari Fraser, a one-time star of “All My Children,” who has launched a line of fabric evening and day bags under the label Grace Holden. The Pasadena, Calif., native recently made an appearance at Henri Bendel in New York to show off her new offerings, which include bags made of silk, velvet or fur, all of which come with jeweled extras such as beaded handles or a brooch.
Meanwhile, If the restaurant business doesn’t work out, there is always fashion to fall back on. That seems to be the mantra of Jennifer LeRoy, owner of Tavern on the Green and daughter of famed restaurateur Warner LeRoy, who planned to fete her first line of accessories and other fashion products Wednesday night at, where else, Tavern on the Green. The restaurant was slated to be decked out in pink lighting with Swarovski crystals adorning the chandeliers and cell phones dangling from the ceiling. LeRoy’s extensive debut collection, sold under the name Jenny’z, includes denim and leather handbags, as well as studded cell phone holders, compacts, key chains and a small selection of T-shirts and shorts. Among the celebs expected to attend the soiree were fashionista Patricia Field, and young socialites such as Ally Hilfiger and the Hilton sisters (of course).
HE’LL TAKE MANHATTAN: A documentary film on retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent is slated to hit the big screen in New York starting Jan. 7. “5 Avenue Marceau,” by David Teboul of France, was aired on French television two years ago. The 90-minute film charts Saint Laurent’s early childhood and career up to the moment he stepped down from fashion. It includes interviews with the designer; his business partner, Pierre Bergé, and his important collaborators and friends, such as Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux.