OSCAR WATCH: The Los Angeles outpost of SoHo House is back for the second year in a row, taking over another well-known Hollywood “party house,” which will again be decked out by model-turned-interior designer Amanda Masters and flower-and-fashion diva Ariana Lambert. One of the sponsors, A Diamond Is Forever, plans to outdo the other Oscar spas cropping up around town like weeds with its Diamond Aquifer Holistic Retreat, where triple A-listers can get beauty treatments incorporating the stone, from gem-therapy massages to diamond acupuncture facials to “diamond” bright teeth whitenings. Of course, 32 carats/$6 million worth of wearable bling will be provided by the Steinmentz Diamond Group….Also catching up fast in the gem game is the house of Kwiat, which is sponsoring a retreat at The Four Seasons along with Revlon, where it will unveil the jewelry that Charlize Theron’s stylist Lisa Michelle Boyd has designed for the Oscars. Finally, Stuart Weitzman will create an exclusive Oscar shoe for one lucky actress (who will be revealed at a dinner on Feb. 24), embellished with a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite earrings. At the Estée Lauder Beauty Spa at the Peninsula, among the freebies is a specially-designed Michael Kors handbag….Meanwhile, the year’s freshest Best Actress nominee, Catalina Sandino Moreno, will wear either Kors or Roberto Cavalli on the Big Night, as her stylist Jessica Paster let slip Tuesday night during the Cavalli dinner at the designer’s new Rodeo Drive boutique.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: Apparently, editor in chief Dan Peres’ Q&A with Britney Spears and Kevin Federline in the March issue of Details (like WWD, owned by Fairchild Publications) put him in the mood for matrimony. Peres is keeping mum about a possible end to his single status, but a source said he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, actress Sarah Wynter, earlier this week. Monday was, of course, Valentine’s Day, while Wynter’s birthday was Tuesday. Now the couple also will be able to celebrate the anniversary of their engagement in mid-February, which makes Peres either the world’s biggest romantic or the world’s biggest pragmatist. No word yet on a date.
CUT-PRICE CAMILLA: Camilla Parker Bowles is an unlikely fashion icon, but Asda, which is owned by Wal-Mart, is convinced otherwise. The British supermarket chain has produced a $36 copy of Parker Bowles’ ring, a royal family heirloom with an estimated value of $900,000. In the Asda version, however, the diamond is replaced by cubic zirconia, and the platinum is a less-impressive sterling silver.”We wanted to give our customers a taste of royalty for a fraction of the price,” a company spokeswoman said. “We think it will sell very well.” A limited edition of 1,000 rings will arrive in Asda stores the week of April 4, a few days before Prince Charles and Parker Bowles marry. For those who can afford it, Asda is also making a replica of the ring, using a three-carat diamond and platinum, to the tune of $57,000.
MAKING FACES: “It’s the good, the bad and the ugly — a real mishmash of people,” said Simon Heah, founder of the vintage fashion mecca Vent on Westbourne Grove, during a walkthrough of a very personal exhibition of photographs. From the day he opened Vent in 1995, Heah snapped pictures of nearly all his customers wearing their wares — or posing with their just-bought shoes, bags or sunglasses. The show, which runs until Feb. 23 at westlondonprojects on Shorrold’s Road, features 400 of some 10,000 portraits he took before quietly shuttering the store in October 2003. The photos on display include those of Tom Ford, Kate Moss, Nino Cerruti, Phoebe Philo, Julien Macdonald, Marianne Faithfull, Patrick Cox and Jefferson Hack posed on the sidewalk or in the store, which was the size of a small corridor and only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Heah, who now designs his own leather luggage and accessories line, also called Vent, said he quit the vintage business only because “fashion has retroed so much, and I think we’re all waiting for something new. Vintage will always continue, but it was time for me to stop and do something else.”
BIG TEESE: Dita Von Teese and her fiancé, Marilyn Manson, are the stars of the new Vivienne Westwood advertising campaign — and for once Von Teese is wearing clothes. The burlesque dancer and stripper appears in the Gold Label campaign wearing a gray coat and white bra, while Manson models men’s wear for Vivienne Westwood Man. “I like his music, his brain, his looks and his style,” said Westwood of Manson.”He’s marrying Dita, who must be his dream, and I can’t wait to see her in the wedding dress I have designed. Her performances are something else.” Photographer Perou shot the campaign, which broke in the March issues of British Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, L’Uomo Vogue, Another Magazine, POP and I-D. Meanwhile, Von Teese strutted her stuff as one of the models at the Agent Provocateur 10th anniversary runway show earlier this week. The taste for Von Teese clearly runs in the family — Agent Provocateur is owned by Westwood’s son, Joe Corre, and his wife, Serena Rees. Guests, all of whom were clad in black and pink, included Westwood, Bryan Ferry, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Sam Taylor-Wood, Isabella Blow and dozens of drag queens gathered under lingerie-strewn chandeliers at London’s Cafe de Paris nightclub.
MAC ATTACK: MAC Cosmetics is keen on London. In addition to develping special products with London style mavens Isabella Blow, Alice Temperley and Luella Bartley, MAC has become an official sponsor of London Fashion Week. “London is all about talent, and if you want to see the future, go to London,” said John Demsey, global brand president of MAC. “Unfortunately, the fashion is often overlooked and misunderstood. We think it has an extremely important position.” MAC is now the official make-up brand of London Fashion Week, and has set up a media lounge at the Battersea tents show venue to advertise makeup trends and offer sessions by makeup artists.