OSCAR HOPEFUL: Nicole Kidman won’t be the only Nicole with butterflies in her stomach at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. Designer Nicole Farhi, who’s married to Sir David Hare, plans to accompany her husband to the Kodak Theater — and she’s already steeling herself for the event. “I know it’s going to be a tense night — and I don’t know how much fun it’s going to be,” Farhi said. “When we were at the Golden Globes, David kept saying, ‘We’re not going to win, we’re going to lose’ — and then the film won,” Farhi said. Hare, the prolific English screenwriter and playwright, has been nominated for best-adapted screenplay for “The Hours.” Not surprisingly, his wife will be dressing herself for the red carpet. Farhi says she plans to don the navy blue tulle dress that was featured in her latest fall runway show.
THE SKETCH ARTIST: Wolfgang Joop’s fashion career may be temporarily sidelined by ongoing battles with the company that bought his name, but the designer has kept busy by organizing the first U.S. exhibition of his sketches that will bow at Sotheby’s in New York on May 30.
The show, which originated at the Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde in Germany last year, includes many of the original illustrations and portraits Joop created over 35 years. The designer started working in fashion as an illustrator covering fashion shows for German and Swiss publications in the Seventies, and some of his drawings of the collections of Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent and Chloé when it was designed by Karl Lagerfeld are included. Sotheby’s and Joop will preview the exhibition with a benefit for the American Foundation for AIDS Research on May 29.
ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK: Lord Frederick Windsor has put aside the family tradition and got himself a job. The son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent has been recruited by Quintessentially, the high-end concierge service founded by Ben Elliot. Working out of New York — where the London-based company has recently opened an outpost — Windsor will be writing the New York newsletter, a compilation of reviews of spas, restaurants, baseball games and film premieres. The position is a temporary one, as he plans to begin post-graduate law studies in November.