NO-SHOW J.LO: Quite a few Russians will be drowning their disappointment in vodka and caviar when they hear Jennifer Lopez won’t be bringing her bling-bling to Moscow this Memorial Day weekend after all. Lopez was due to fly to the Russian capital to unveil the first JLo by Jennifer Lopez store in a far suburb of the city, but the journey has been postponed due to a production conflict, her spokesman said Tuesday. “The one thing that’s changed is Jennifer’s trip has been postponed. She’s here in Los Angeles doing a movie with Jane Fonda called ‘Monsters-in-Law.’ She’s one of the hardest-working women in show business, and it’s hard to work around her schedule,” he said. “There were a lot of discussions about Jennifer attending the [store] opening, but it was how do we get her to Moscow and back to Los Angeles with the production schedule?”
BASSO’S DOUBLEHEADER: Dennis Basso is asking fans to make two trips to Cipriani 42nd Street today — once for his afternoon fashion show, and a second time for a black-tie dinner celebrating his 20th year in business. Patti LaBelle, Ivana Trump, Mariska Hargitay, Lorraine Bracco and Janice Combs are expected to hit both events.
For tonight’s dinner, 250 guests — down considerably from last year’s bash for 800 — will be seated at rectangular tables running the length of Cipriani’s dining room, which will be decorated with 24 six-foot candelabras and 6,000 votive candles.
VIVA LAS JUICIES: It appears Juicy Couture founders Gela Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy will be realizing one more dream under their expanding empire: a signature store. The first Juicy Couture boutique will be opening in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, no less. While details on the retail venture are still pending, the company, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., confirmed the news late Tuesday. “This is not necessarily a flagship,” Skaist-Levy said in a telephone interview. “We don’t know where our flagship will ultimately be. But this is an entree into retail and just the tip of the Juicy iceberg.” The store is set to open in November and will hold the full world of the Los Angeles-based line — from its staple track suits to the new licensed swimwear, as well as casual and luxury product customized for Sin City. “We will definitely do things P&G [Pam and Gela, a shorthand for the founders that appears throughout their products] love. We’re going to do real jewelry. It’s going to just be a fun Juicy world,” Skaist-Levy said.