ROI’S NEW TOYS: Alice Roi has a brand new bag — actually, make that two. To help in the fight against breast cancer, Roi has teamed up with eBags.com and created a handbag and a cosmetic case that will go on the Web site on Nov. 11. Called the “Appalachian” and “Berkshire,” respectively, the velvet bags are round with a chain handle. Each Appalachian includes a copy of the book, “The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas” by Karen Robinovitz and Melissa De La Cruz. In limited supply, there are 300 Appalachians, for $300 each, and 200 Berkshires, for $175 each. Roi’s fiancé, Marc Beckman, a partner in the Designers Management Agency, negotiated the deal.
EBags and Roi will also join forces for a special auction to help fight against breast cancer. From Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, they will offer a package that includes a trip for two to New York, invitations to Roi’s fall show with backstage access, clothing from her spring collection, and a signed copy of “The Fashionista Files.”
CANARY IN A GOLDMINE: Spring arrived early in San Francisco Thursday when Vanessa Getty and several pals swooped into the opening night party for the newly overhauled and expanded Burberry flagship off Union Square in looks from the spring collection. “We figured since the store was designed in the style of the Milan model,” said chief executive officer Rose Marie Bravo, “we might as well share what we had on the runway in Milan recently.” Several samples from the Milan showroom were flown in and out within 48 hours to clothe a handful of guests for the event. For her part, Getty, looking like a sunny starlet with her blonde locks and canary-yellow silk tulip dress, couldn’t return her thinking to fall, despite the city’s chilly temps. “I can’t believe I have to return this tomorrow. I need to have this,” she insisted, husband, Billy, wrapped around her like a shawl, nodding in agreement. Like the rest of the world, they’ll have to wait until January.
COSTUME DRAMA: Can’t stand the thought of another generic Halloween costume-in-a-bag? Well, neither could Patricia Field, who is providing clients with a one-stop costume makeover at her downtown shop, Hotel Venus. “Our New York customer is very sophisticated,” Field said. “We know she’s looking for something a little different than, say, a Catwoman costume.” Field thought her clientele would appreciate costumes of icons in their signature looks, such as, Paris Hilton (scantily clad, of course), Donatella Versace (complete with cigarette holder) and Karl Lagerfeld (in requisite shades). “We’re very busy during Halloween,” she said. “I think people who dress more traditionally think of us when it comes time to planning a costume.” Field makes it even easier by having a makeup artist and hair stylist on hand (appointments are necessary for makeup application). So what will Field be dressing up as? “I’m too busy doing costumes for everyone else to figure it out,” she said with a laugh. “I’m always at the end of the line.”
TIGHT FIT: The launch of the Jordache premium line was the reason for the party at the Tracey Ross boutique in West Hollywood on Wednesday, but the guest of honor seemed to be Tara Reid. Holding court on the black velvet divan in the store and donning new caramel highlights, Reid was a hugging and cheek- kissing machine at the event, which also attracted Brandon Davis and shoppers cooing over the python handbags and heels created by Ross. A friend of Jordache owner Shaul Nakash and his wife, Gloria, Reid loyally promoted the new denim line (though she was only wearing the T-shirt and not the jeans) and touted her new untitled sitcom for Fox due out next year. “It’s about an actress who finds herself in the media a lot and doesn’t mean to,” said Reid, who has tried to ditch her party-girl rap. “I’m poking fun at myself.”
MOVIE TIME: When “Ocean’s Twelve,” the sequel to blockbuster hit movie “Ocean’s Eleven” opens nationwide on Dec. 11, a lucky few will be able to get their hands on a particularly timely accessory. Beverly Hills-based Ritmo Mundo has become the movie’s official watch, as a result of a collaboration between Ali Soltani, president and owner, Warner Bros. and the film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub. Not just will Ritmo product be placed in the sequel starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julia Roberts, but Soltani also created two co-branded collections. These include a limited-edition watch with the movie poster image on the face, retailing for about $2,000. Each of the 12 lead actors will receive one, and 250 were made for select specialty stores. “We expect these to sell pronto,” Soltani said. A second watch will be more widely distributed — at $400, its sleek silver dial has a European feel and is expected to be sold at department stores nationwide.
But what if the movie flops? “We think we will continue to sell the watch afterwards because the look is so contemporary,” Soltani said. “It’s our coming out. This movie is going to legitimize us.”