Pell James

Given the increasingly symbiotic relationship between fashion and celebrity, it makes sense that major brands are sponsoring screenings for the movies of Hollywood's biggest style icons.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Given the increasingly symbiotic relationship between fashion and celebrity, it makes sense that major brands are sponsoring screenings for the movies of Hollywood’s biggest style icons. Following the screening of “Proof” during New York Fashion Week, the Cinema Society is teaming with Oscar de la Renta and Vogue for a preview of “The Family Stone,” which stars Sarah Jessica Parker. Naturally, she and de la Renta both will be in attendance at the event, being held at the Tribeca Grand on Nov. 7. The proceeds (pull out that checkbook, because this one costs money to attend) will go to Martin Scorsese‘s Film Foundation.

DOUBLE DOSE: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen think they can teach the French a thing or two about fashion, if their new guide is anything to go by. “Style Secrets” — or, in French, “Secrets de Mode” — is a hefty, photo-packed tome that covers everything from investing in the best wardrobe classics to customizing denim. Released in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand this month, the book hits French bookstores and supermarkets on Nov. 3, retailing at 10 euros, or about $12. A U.S. release soon may be in the pipeline.

STARRING ROLES: The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars next Thursday will have a bit of Hollywood, a lot of Seventh Avenue, a touch of global diplomacy and even some famous New York offspring — at least among the presenters. Meryl Streep will present the Superstar award to Valentino, and Sri Lanka’s ambassador, Bernard AB Goonetilleke, has been tapped to give the Humanitarian award to Sandra Bullock. In the Star Honorees category, Joan Kaner will present the award to Ralph Rucci, Bee Schaffer to Olivier Theyskens and André Leon Talley to Pat McGrath. The presenter for Star Honoree Alberta Ferretti‘s award is still being determined. Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fred Wilson will give the Fashion Oracle award to Prosper Assouline, and Diana Revson will present the award for architecture to William McDonough. Donald Trump, who will receive the Visionary Business Leader award, will have a family moment: His children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, will be on hand to give him the award.

This story first appeared in the October 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

POP LIFE: Chateau Marmont was the site last Sunday night for a dinner hosted by Patricia Velasquez to toast Perrier Jouët’s 1998 Fleur de Champagne. Pell James, Paz de la Huerta, Richard DuPont and Lady Victoria Hervey came to dine and sip until 12:30 a.m. It was the first of three dinners: Sienna Miller attended the Soho Grand soiree in New York hosted by Eric Villency, held Monday, and the third will be in Miami tonight, hosted by Esteban Cortazar.

CHARITABLE GUCCI: In Gucci’s most philanthropical initiative to date, the luxury goods house has teamed up with UNICEF to support the 15 million orphans, most in south central Africa, who have lost their parents to AIDS. The brand’s creative minds have designed 15 products that will be sold in 200 Gucci stores worldwide Nov. 22-Dec. 31. The range is made up of precious ostrich bags, silk scarves and scintillating Christmas decorations, all featuring Gucci’s signature green-red-green ribbon that is appropriate for the festive season. Twenty percent of the products’ sales, which are expected to be in the six-digit range, will go to UNICEF to strengthen communities and supply schooling, medical care, food, water and clothing.

MAXED OUT: Max Mara’s Rodeo Drive boutique was a serene haven from the fashion week fray on Tuesday afternoon as Rosanna Arquette and Pamela Fiori hosted an afternoon of shopping to benefit HEART, which aids victims of domestic abuse. Jamie Tisch, Amanda Ross, Amanda Anka, Wendy Goldberg, Natasha Wagner, Arianna Huffington, Helen Kinnear and Jenny Belushi came out in support. David Arquette bought a black cashmere coat for wife Courteney Cox, and Dolce & Gabbana’s Angela Janklow picked up some purple fringed gloves. The charity seemed to touch many of the guests, including Alexandra von Furstenberg, who teared up at Fiori’s speech and joined the organization on the spot.

MUSICAL KRIZIA: In conjunction with Smau, the international technologies and electronics trade fair, Krizia’s Mariuccia Mandelli is jumping on the high-tech music bandwagon with a miniature iPod armband. With sales starting in time for Christmas, the napa armband, which will be on sale in time for the holiday season, will be available in black and red in Krizia’s boutiques worldwide.

DONNA’S BIG ART: If you buy into the notion that art helps heal, then who would be better than Donna Karan to host this year’s RxART Ball? As a warm-up to the Nov. 3 event at Splashlight Studios, the designer hosted a preview party at her Madison Avenue store Monday night. Canvasses from Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, Yoko Ono, William Wegman, Tim Hawkinson and other artists graced the walls. Ross Bleckner showed up to inspect his work firsthand.

Karan was equally hands-on, adjusting one display to make it easier for guests to see the art. Shortly upon arriving, she maneuvered through the crowd to see the canvasses. “I’m looking at it all before it all gets bought,” she said.

The Humpty Dumpty-like character painted by Tom Otterness hinted at things to come. He has designed a similar figure that will be used for a balloon in next month’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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