JEZEBEL JAM: Rock ‘n’ roll royal Jade Jagger returned to her roots Friday night, hosting the London debut of record label Jezebel Music, branded music night and an accompanying range of hip Jezebel merchandise. Jagger, clad in a fire-engine-red PVC Louis Vuitton dress, hosted guests such as Gabriella Windsor, James Blunt, Petra Nemcova, Peaches Geldof, Fifi Geldof, Gnarls Barkley, Natalie Press and Russell Brand at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion. Paris Hilton swung by at 2 a.m. — just as the party was in full swing. Acts such as British hip-hop star Estelle performed, alongside Groove Armada and new starlet Lily Allen. Revelers rolled home when the party finally shut down at 4 a.m.
LOOK BOOK: For the last three seasons, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and his assistants have wrangled designers, models and celebrities attending fashion shows at Bryant Park and cajoled them into sitting for a portrait. Those images have been compiled in a book called “Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week,” which will be published by powerHouse in September. Among those Greenfield-Sanders snapped were Vanessa Williams, Harry Belafonte, Patti Hansen, Parker Posey, Barry Diller, Kelly Osbourne, Lou Reed and Richard Branson — plus a slew of designers, of course. “Most portraits weren’t arranged in advance,” Greenfield-Sanders said. “We just walked up to people and asked them. The designers did sittings 10 minutes before a show would start. I had so little time with them.” In addition to the portraits, “Look” will feature essays by Zac Posen, Tinsley Mortimer, Alec Baldwin and Heatherette’s Richie Rich and Traver Rains, among others. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, cofounded by Katie Couric. Greenfield-Sanders and Olympus auctioned off several portraits last year to raise funds for the organization.
DIAMOND DRAMA: Opera fans in London are getting an eyeful of glitter during the three acts of “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House starring Angela Gheorghiu. The fiery Romanian soprano appears in all her key scenes decked out in Van Cleef & Arpels baubles. She makes her debut in the first act wearing dangling white gold and diamond earrings. At the end of the opera, she tears a platinum and diamond cross from her neck and places it on the chest of the character Scarpia, the evil police commissioner she kills in the final act.
“I can happily live without jewels, but life is so much better with them,” Gheorghiu said. But she shouldn’t get too excited — the pieces are only loaners, and Van Cleef guards have been stationed outside the soprano’s dressing room at all times. Indeed, she got to know the guards so well, she’s even invited them to rehearsals. “Some of them had never been to the opera, but it was important for them to see how I move and what was happening to the jewels,” she said.
Van Cleef created the 30-carat earrings and 15-carat cross pendant specifically for the production, which runs until July 8. The glittering tiara Tosca wears when she arrives at Scarpia’s home dates from 1976 and was pulled from the Van Cleef museum collection. After the production, the earrings and the cross will be put on sale for 120,000 pounds and 242,000 pounds, respectively, or $219,360 and $442,376. Gheorghiu won’t be buying them, but she says they’ll always be with her. “They’ll live on in my imagination, in my head and my soul, and around my neck,” she said.