POLITICAL FASHION: Gant has found a new face of fashion: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The sportswear house is tapping into its New England roots and has photographed Kennedy, his wife and children on the water in Cape Cod for its spring-summer 2006 ad campaign. This is the first modeling gig for the blue bloods and proceeds will go to Waterkeepers, Kennedy’s environmental organization. Ari Hoffman, Gant’s chief executive officer, confirmed Kennedy’s involvement in the campaign, but said that more details will be unveiled at an international press conference in Stockholm on Jan. 19.
RICH BRIDE: Athina Onassis, heiress to the multibillion dollar fortune left by her grandfather Aristotle, plans to marry her beau, Brazilian equestrian Alvaro Afonso de Miranda Neto, wearing Valentino. The private ceremony will be held on Dec. 3 in São Paolo, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Valentino. Details about the dress, however, are still fiercely under wraps.
WEISZ WOMAN: The holiday season is building up, and that means store windows are being changed all over town. Cartier did its bit at its Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street flagship on Thursday, as actress Rachel Weisz flicked a switch that illuminated the windows. The store building itself was wrapped with an oversized bow and signature red boxes spilled down the facade.
“I sound English but as a New Yorker I always get excited about seeing the building wrapped up because it means the holiday season has arrived,” said Weisz, who was wearing a loaner necklace from the Caresse d’Orchidées par Cartier collection. “It’s like Cinderella,” she said. “I have to give it back.”
MACK THE LIFE: Don’t bet on Bob Mackie being at Christie’s on Nov. 22 when some of his costumes and couture pieces are put on the block. “We’ll put you in a closed-circuit room,” Dorothy Twining Globus told the designer at a private dinner Tuesday at La Grenouille. “So I can scream,” Mackie said.
Candace Bushnell, Charles Askegard, Patricia Field, Joy Behar, Steve Janowitz, Valerie Steele, Lillian Ross and others were on hand for the low-key event. When conversation turned to today’s younger celebrities, Mackie sighed, longing for the days of Lana Turner and other sirens. “I can’t tell one blonde from the next today. They’ve lost the magic. On the red carpet, they say, ‘I borrowed this from so and so, and this one gave me the shoes and my bag is from … It’s like doing a commercial. And if you ask them to do a commercial, they would say, ‘Oh no, I don’t do commercials.'”