JUST SUPER: Celebrities may be stampeding into fashion advertising and editorial, but don’t give up on supermodels just yet. Speculation is that Gisele Bündchen has been tapped for the next campaign for Louis Vuitton, which has featured Uma Thurman for the past two seasons. Vuitton’s regular lensmen, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, are said to have photographed the Brazilian supermodel recently in Ibiza, Spain.
WEST BROADWAY: Bruce Weber, Sheila Metzner, Stefano Tonchi, Leslie Jane Seymour and Glenda Bailey were among the people who stopped by the Ralph Lauren store last Wednesday night for the book signing of Steven Sebring‘s “Bygone Days,” a coffee table tome about life on the frontier that features the photography of his late uncle, John Penor. Elizabeth Berkley came fresh from shooting “Law & Order,” Sebring was walking around in a cowboy hat greeting the guests and Patti Smith, who wrote the book’s forward, took to the microphone, singing three songs with an acoustic guitar. It wasn’t exactly the ideal place for her to be doing a concert. “Not since I did a gig at the Holiday Inn in Poughkeepsie have I had such an interesting venue,” she quipped.
IT’S IN THE BAG: For all those die-hard fashion fans wondering how to tote their bubbly in style, today marks an answer to their prayers. At a cocktail party, Henri Bendel will unveil a series of one-of-a-kind Champagne Perrier Jouët Haute Totes commissioned by House & Garden and designed by the likes of Kelly Wearstler, Mindy Lam, Lana Marks, Dylan Lauren, Rafe and Cath Kidston. Incorporating materials such as gold brocade, Swarovski crystals and even, in the case of Lauren’s cheekily titled “Candy Is Dandy but Liquor Is Quicker” creation, gumballs, jelly beans, M&M’s and Jordan almonds, the bags will be auctioned off throughout the week, with proceeds benefiting each designer’s chosen charity.
THIS OLD HOUSE: Charlotte Moss agreed with Dennis Basso that his fur-laden Madison Avenue store would be an ideal place for her book party for “Winter House.” Evelyn Lauder, Bunny Williams, Carolyn Roehm, Geoffrey Bradfield and Grace and Chris Meigher were among the 300 guests who celebrated the author with champagne and caviar. Before raising his glass to Moss, Basso told the crowd: “Isn’t it interesting that we’re having a party for ‘Winter House’ in a fur house?” Winter is, after all, only weeks away.