ROC-A-FELLER FOUNDATION: There was a Rockefeller and a Roc-A-Fella at the Four Seasons Monday: Music-fashion-film impresario Damon Dash (Rocawear, Team Roc, PRO-Keds, etc.) and designer Rachel Roy sat passing pumpkin soup back and forth a few tables from that other ‘Roc’, David Rockefeller. Interspersed among Grill Room regulars were Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (who worked the tables like a pro), Aerin Lauder, Pete Peterson, Georgette Mosbacher and Evelyn Lauder. Dash, dressed in Ralph Lauren Purple Label, has long-term plans to hit Savile Row with a store and tailored clothing line of his own to add to his $400 million-plus Roc Apparel Group empire. That is, when he’s not busy producing or directing films.
His latest project, as executive producer, is “The Woodsman,” the sure-to-be controversial film that stars Kevin Bacon as a psychologically tortured pedophile. Roy, meanwhile, has been busy developing a fashion line for the Roc group under her own name and turned more than a few power-lunching heads in her high-heeled Manolo Blahnik “Sedarbys” (there’s a waiting list for them at the West 54th Street store) and a black-and-white appliquéd Anitsa Paris skirt. The skirt certainly caught one fashionable eye: Evelyn Lauder, who stopped by to say hello and said she’d spotted it before but thought it was only available in London. Not exactly, said Roy, who got hers at Neiman Marcus in New Jersey.
IMAGE-MAKERS: With their runway debuts behind them, Gucci’s Alessandra Facchinetti and Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati are moving on to the next phase in shepherding their respective brands into the post-Tom Ford era: their first ad campaigns. Facchinetti is sticking with continuity, shooting with photographer Mario Testino in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Pilati is trying out someone new. Word has it Juergen Teller will shoot the YSL campaign shortly in New York. Under Ford’s reign, Craig McDean, Glen Luchford and others lensed the YSL spots.
DENIM ROCKS: Marilyn Monroe was only half right about diamonds. Denim is also a girl’s best friend, which jeweler Judith Ripka and Cotton Inc. are seizing on during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles. The celebrities attending their “Denim & Diamonds” bash tonight — and the list is long — will leave with goody baskets spilling over with 15 pairs of jeans from 15 brands, including Blue Cult, Chip & Pepper, Earnest Sewn, Juicy, Frankie B., Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, Levi’s Premium and Lee Vintage, as well as a $5,000 pair of diamond dangle earrings totaling one carat.
There are also T-shirts from C&C California and Single, Smashbox Cosmetics and a bottle of ultrapremium Tequila Gran Centenario. So, who’s confirmed to receive the swag worth $10,000? Alicia Silverstone, Daryl Hannah, Rachel Hunter, Ashley Scott, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, among others. “Where the red carpet was once reserved for gowns only, celebrities have given license to wear denim to dressier events, as long as it is tempered with an elegant, chic flair, taking the form of dramatic jewels,” said Ripka, who is also the official marquee jeweler of fashion week.
LAUDER DOES L.A.: For Estée Lauder’s first involvement at L.A. Fashion Week, the cosmetics giant decided to pair up with a relative newcomer — sophomore designer Jenni Kayne. Guests for her Wednesday night show will receive a gold alligator-textured metal compact as an invitation, and will see Kayne’s clothes paired with beauty looks designed by celebrity makeup artist Paul Starr.