CRASHING THE PARTY: Friends of Jaqui Lividini held a cocktail party for the Saks Fifth Avenue senior vice president of fashion merchandising on Thursday night to celebrate her “imminent new arrival.” There was one major no-show, though — Lividini, whose imminent arrival had, in fact, arrived the night before. Calliope Diane Speredakos weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. “I don’t know whether it was the blackout or the full moon, but there were beds lining up waiting to get into the birthing room” of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Lividini said by telephone. Her theory on the baby’s quick arrival? “I’d worn 5-inch heels throughout the pregnancy but last night was the first night I wore flats and that’s what did it.” The party went on, though, headed by Lividini’s longtime partner John Speredakos, who proudly showed off digital photos of his new daughter. Speredakos was there at her birth but had to leave at 9 a.m. Thursday to head off to his recurring acting role on, of all things, “All My Children.”
TEXTBOOK CASE: Whether he’s designing a collection or doing a photo shoot, it’s all as easy as A-B-C for Karl Lagerfeld. To wit: The multitasking designer is the subject of a new children’s book in France aimed at giving youngsters an insider’s view of how fashion is made. The 32-page book by Editions du Regard shows the designer preparing his spring 2004 Lagerfeld Gallery collection — with four youngsters in tow: at his elbow sketching dresses through to the printing of silk and the fashion show at the Carrousel de Louvre. But fashion is hardly child’s play. The book is recommended for those ages nine and older.
NAOMI’S VICTORY: Naomi Campbell has won her long-running court battle against the Daily Mirror. On Thursday, the House of Lords, England’s highest court, ruled the London tabloid invaded Campbell’s privacy by publishing photos of her attending Narcotics Anonymous in February 2001. Campbell was initially awarded $5,250 in damages in March 2002, but that October the Court of Appeal overturned the ruling in favor of the Mirror, and ordered Campbell to pay $1.1 million in legal fees. That’s when the supermodel took her case to the House of Lords. On Thursday, three out of five law lords ruled in her favor, with one describing the Mirror’s article as “a gross interference” in her private life. “This has been a huge strain and now I can get on with my life,” Campbell said in a statement Thursday.
Piers Morgan, editor of the Daily Mirror, hit back at Campbell. “This is a very good day for lying, drug abusing prima donnas, who want to have their cake with the media, and then the right to guzzle it shamelessly with their Cristal champagne,” he said in a statement. The paper will have to pay more than $1.7 million in legal fees, according to the ruling.
PRECIOUS STONE: Sharon Stone is adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to the new ad campaign for Salvini, the younger line from Damiani, the high-end Italian jewelry company. The print campaign breaks in mid-May and runs for two years in Italy and Spain. The actress was photographed by Michel Comte in Los Angeles, swathed in white and yellow gold and diamond hearts, crosses and charm bracelets. In one shot, Stone dons a four-strand South Sea pearl choker dressed down with a white denim jacket. The campaign will run in such magazines as Grazia, Gioia, D della Repubblica, Vanity Fair and Panorama. There was no word on which one she might keep.
SURE SIGNS SUMMER IS COMING: It’s becoming a rite of spring for the fashion set to cram as many parties as possible onto the calendar prior to Memorial Day, when guests tend to flee the major cities of fashion for greener, or grainier, pastures. Narciso Rodriguez and architect Deborah Berke will host a discussion on minimalist aesthetics in contemporary design and architecture at the Tischman Auditorium at 66 East 12th Street in New York on Tuesday as part of a series of programs related to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. That’s a busy night for Marc Jacobs, too, as the designer is hosting back-to-back screenings of “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” at Soho House with Sally Singer, the second in the Grand Classics Films With Style series organized by Indyssey Entertainment.