Uma Thurman, the new face of Tag Heuer.

<STRONG>DRESSED FOR SUCCESS</STRONG>: <STRONG>Tom Cruise</STRONG> appears to be obsessed with something other than <STRONG>Katie Holmes</STRONG>. In his new flick, "War of the Worlds,'' which arrives in theaters Wednesday, Cruise wears Paper Denim...

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: Tom Cruise appears to be obsessed with something other than Katie Holmes. In his new flick, “War of the Worlds,” which arrives in theaters Wednesday, Cruise wears Paper Denim & Cloth GT001 jeans throughout. In fact, 200 pairs of the jeans were sent to Cruise while filming. He is said to have liked the jeans so much that he placed an even bigger order for his role in “Mission: Impossible III,” slated for release next year. Cruise wannabes can get their own pair of GT001 jeans at Barneys New York or Bloomingdale’s, where they retail for $182.

DIAMOND FICTION: For an actress, timing is everything. “I’m obsessed with punctuality,” said Uma Thurman at the George V Four Seasons hotel in Paris, where she was making her debut Thursday as the new face for timepiece brand Tag Heuer. In the role, she joins golf pro Tiger Woods and tennis diva Maria Sharapova. “I can’t believe I actually convinced Tag Heuer that I could be an athlete,” quipped Thurman. “It was like receiving the bronze.” At the event, she sported the brand’s square case watch dripping with diamonds, called Diamond Fiction. Could “Kill Time” be in production?

ECKO TUNES IN: Marc Ecko and Carolina Herrera, designers and board members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America held a fund-raising auction Wednesday night titled, “Style & Sound: A Case for a Cause,” to benefit the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity. Fourteen designers created their own iPod cases (to be auctioned with an iPod) and teamed with an A-List partner to create the corresponding playlist. The designing duos included Ecko and Mary J. Blige; Max Azria and Brittany Murphy; Carmen Marc Valvo and Vanessa Williams, and Sean Combs as designer of both the case and the playlist. “This can be the biggest fund-raising event for the CFDA,” said Ecko, who, as the youngest CFDA member, wanted to create a project that combined style, music and fashion. Valvo’s iPod and case was auctioned for $600. The auction raised more than $20,000 but will continue to raise funds, as Ecko created a case that will be sold exclusively in Apple stores for $24.99. All proceeds will go to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

This story first appeared in the June 24, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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