CELEBRITY CAVAL-CADES: “Do I have it on the wrong way?” Mischa Barton asked Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival, fiddling with her vintage Roberto Cavalli beaded tunic. Not that the paparazzi would ever notice. They went wild as Barton stepped on to the yacht Satine for a photo op to promote “Decameron,” the forthcoming film co-produced and costumed by Cavalli. By contrast, Barton’s co-star — “Star Wars” hunk Hayden Christensen — couldn’t even remember who designed his suit. “I just put on whatever they send me,” he related. The two young stars are slated to return to Florence this week to resume filming the sexy comedy.
AWARDS DETAILS: The 2005 CFDA Fashion Awards are three weeks away to the day, but details of the night are beginning to emerge for those who can’t bear the wait. The sold-out event, to be held at the New York Public Library, will be catered by Hank Tomeshevsky with menus designed by Keith McNally and Balthazaar. For the past two years, a jazz trio entertained the crowds — this year, it is being replaced by DJ Tony Okungbowa, who is the musical director on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.” Will nominees like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Rucci and Vera Wang emulate the talk show host’s quirky dancing routine on their way to the stage if they win?
ALL AT SEA: Domenico De Sole may have just joined Ermenegildo Zegna’s board and announced plans to team up with Tom Ford, but he managed to shed his workaholic image for the Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo, the company’s annual yachting regatta last week. “You should get a tan,” quipped a jovial De Sole to an especially pale journalist on the main square of this chic port town. “Forget working.”
Eleanore De Sole kept busy by playfully heckling Sergio Loro Piana and Luisa Loro Piana as the paparazzi closed in for a shot. “Ahhh, what a couple!,” she yelled, gesticulating wildly behind a mass of photographers. The foursome then retreated to the shade of a cafe table umbrella and a quiet round of refreshments.
L’Oreal chief Lindsay Owen-Jones beamed as he sailed his Wally yacht into the harbor after winning a stage in his boat category. But his broad smile subsided when a dockhand accidentally flung a large rope in the ceo’s face, dislodging his sunglasses. Once the boat was anchored, he and his crew remained on board for a round of British-style biscuits and hot drinks.
WHERE’S THE PUDDY CAT?: “We’re in love,” cooed Kimberly Hefner, arm-in-arm with six-month flame Quincy Jones at Kitson’s launch party for the Tweety collection of apparel and accessories by Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Hefner, the second wife of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, said she’s Jones’ “support system.” The breadwinner in the relationship, he’s working on a hip-hop remix album produced by Interscope and due out by November in conjunction with a television special. “This is great and Dan [Romanelli] knows his stuff,” said Jones, referring to his “best friend” and the president of the studio’s consumer products division. Tweety’s multi-generational avian appeal was in full evidence at the event, which attracted early-birds Hefner and Jones as well as latecomers Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton and others. Maria Menounos said she is a “huge” fan of Tweety. “The only slippers I had were Tweety and in college, my friends would tease me by hanging them from the ceiling or putting them in the washing machine, even though they knew poor Tweety couldn’t swim,” said Menounos, a correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight” and “One Tree Hill” guest star. Party hostess Tori Spelling, dressed in a Ted Baker dress and Christian Louboutin gold pumps, said married life with actor-writer Charlie Shanian was treating her well. “My husband stayed home to work on a script,” she said. “I told him not to worry, this is about shopping!”
ALL-STAR CAST: Rachel Roy, Damon Dash, Victoria Gotti, Kevin Bacon, Christie Brinkley, and David Hyde Pierce are all expected to turn out next Monday night for the American Image Awards, which will honor Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne, as Man of the Year. Isaac Mizrahi will be awarded Designer of the Year, while Target’s Trish Adams will receive the Retailer of the Year. Dash, ceo of Rocawear, will receive the Fashion Maverick Award, and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan will be on hand to pick up the Spirit of a Woman Award. Brinkley will serve as the event’s emcee at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on May 23. Forty percent of the evening’s net proceeds will benefit the Rita Hayworth Fund for the Alzheimer’s Association.
EXPERT ADVICE: Gen Art has recruited some first-rate talent to judge its International Styles fashion show Tuesday night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Maggie Rizer, Catherine Malandrino, Joan Kaner, Norma Kamali, Jill Stuart, Cynthia Steffe, Zang Toi, Brana Wolf, Mary Alice Stephensen and Rebecca Weinberg will size up the work of 30 designers, who will be competing for $35,000 in prize money. Mariel Hemingway and her daughter Dree Crisman will emcee the event sponsored by IN:NYC Card from American Express.
HANNANT HAPPY: For the first time in more than a year, Douglas Hannant broke free from his hectic schedule to host a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman. Some of the designer’s admirers like Lorraine Bracco, Gillian Hearst-Shaw, Susan Fales-Hill, Celerie Kemble, Jamee and Samantha Gregory and Fabiola Beracasa lined up to toast him and to have first dibs on his fall collection. When all was said and done Wednesday, the three-day trunk show rang up $425,000 in sales. Hannant sold 16 units of a $3,800 winter white suit, 13 of his $2,500 pink tweed dress and 18 of a gold metallic suede jacket. One of the final pieces to go was a $15,000 silver satin beaded jacket with mink trim.
SECOND TIME LUCKY?: Kevan Hall is launching a fur line — again. The Los Angeles-based eveningwear designer, whose credentials include a brief stint at Halston, attempted a fur line two years ago in a licensing deal with Michael Pappas Furs. That line didn’t ship due to business complications, but Hall said he’s now ready for fur and more. “I’m looking to grow into a full-fledged brand,” Hall said. He plans to debut the collection of mink, sable and lynx furs in June under license to Michael Pappas Furs. At the same time, he’s looking to enjoy the good life. “I don’t want to work so hard anymore,” said Hall, who attended the recent Council of Fashion Designers of America West Coast soiree and appreciated the finer appointments of hostess Diane von Furstenberg‘s estate in Beverly Hills. “Licensing is the way to go.”
CAROLINA ON FOUR: For a woman known for her soft lines and understated elegance, it’s no surprise that Carolina Herrera isn’t crazy about the hard sell. But there she was Friday afternoon perched in her Bergdorf Goodman boutique, greeting customers. “This is part of my work. In a way, it’s not bad because I see all the real people who are going to wear the clothes. I listen to what they like and dislike. I like the creative. I don’t like the publicity, the p.a.s, the photographs and all that. I’m not going to tell you it’s a fun thing to do.” Especially when her daughter Patricia Herrera Lansing and the rest of the design team are back at the studio doing fittings for your resort collection, as was the case Friday. Herrera’s shoppers liked the looks of the designer’s eveningwear, suits and her separates were particularly popular with younger shoppers, said Bergdorf Goodman’s senior vice president, fashion office, Robert Burke. Even Herrera was hard-pressed to pick a few favorites. “It’s like having four daughters and only liking one.”
Meanwhile, a new chic, lithe young thing has joined all those other chic, lithe young things at Herrera. After two-and-a-half years studying at Bryan Bradley‘s school of Tuleh, Venessa Arizaga, 26, has punched in her time on the design team chez Herrera. Bradley and crew sent Arizaga off last Wednesday night with a Grolsch-and-mushroom-pizza party that ended somewhere around 4 a.m. As a parting gift, Bradley gave his former assistant a sketched portrait of herself. And scribbled on the back? “Don’t forget that I discovered you.”