THURSDAY NIGHT ZEBRA: In Venice for the city’s 61st annual film festival, John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson dined with the Missoni clan Thursday night on the family’s vintage Venetian boat, “Timoteo.” The stars of “A Love Song for Bobby Long” were just two of the more than 40 guests attending the candlelit dinner hosted by Angela Missoni, her daughter Margherita, and her brothers Luca and Vittorio. Missoni patriarchs Ottavio and Rosita discovered the 100-year-old Timoteo in the Eighties. It took three restorations before the flat Venetian transport vessel was once again able to navigate the city’s labyrinth of canals. On board, Travolta may have sported a black-and-white zebra print Missoni shirt, but there was no word if the king of the dance-cameo got his groove on. As for Johansson, the dinner was a warm-up for her role as co-host of AmFAR’s annual “Cinema Against AIDS Venice” benefit dinner scheduled for tonight on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
FUR BABY: Marjorie and Reza Raein are the proud parents of a baby boy. Cyrus Parvis was born Wednesday just after 10 a.m. and weighs 7 lbs., 9 oz. And thanks to Dennis Basso, Marjorie Raien’s baby will be the only infant in the nursery with a white sheared mink baby blanket with a blue silk lining. Basso and Michael Cominotto gave the gift to her last week at an all-boys baby shower. They broke out the antique china and white linen for a seated dinner for 16 that included Tom Quick and Patrick McMullan. Not to be outdone, Raien’s sisters Tantive and Phoebe Gubelman along with Jennifer Creele and Tory Burch had already thrown an all-girls baby shower for her.
STYLING THE VOTE: Following the Republican exodus, fashion designers will have their turn on the political stump next week during Olympus Fashion Week when the Human Rights Campaign sets up a booth in Bryant Park to encourage fashion show attendees to vote in November. Throughout the week, a pack of designers and celebrities have promised to man an HRC station, asking guests to “Pledge to Vote” and handing out buttons with a logo that says “Love Is Everywhere.”
Among the celebs who have confirmed their participation are Vivica A. Fox, Alan Cumming, the puppets from “Avenue Q” and Nick Scott; and from fashion Kenneth Cole, Jeffrey Chow, Jerry Kaye, John Bartlett and Alice Roi. A team of fashion editors and designers organized by Pablo de Echevarria, who is senior vice president of marketing at Perry Ellis International, and LaForce + Stevens, have spent the past several months enlisting designers to create T-shirts that will be sold online to benefit the campaign. Designs from Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Perry Ellis and Donna Karan will be available on the Web site, hrc.org.
CHARITY CASE: Henri Bendel’s is hosting an auction along with chick-lit writers and co-authors of “The Fashionista Files” Karen Robinovitz and Melissa de la Cruz. Starting next week, shoppers will be able to bid on fashionable indulgences like a long weekend at Casa de Campo and a year-long membership at ultra-chic workout locale The Gym. “It’s a guilt-free shopping spree of irresistible, over-the-top indulgences,” said Teril Turner, director of marketing at the store. “After all, who doesn’t secretly yearn for doggie yoga lessons, customized Christian Louboutins, and a dishy lunch with your new best friend Janice Dickinson?” Bendel’s will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all winning bids to Bottomless Closet.
BOXED SET: Anna Wintour, an avid tennis player, took in Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova’s opening match Tuesday against Karen Granville. Uncharacteristically dressed down in jeans, a white T-shirt and beige cardigan, Wintour watched with her sunglasses on her head, alongside bow-tied boyfriend Shelby Bryan.
MEATY DEALS: Paul Frank, dressed as an Oscar Mayer hot dog at the WWDMAGIC show in Las Vegas to promote his collaboration with the famous company, revealed he’s working with more big names to create exclusive items to be sold on eBay. For one project, Frank is working with Fender guitars to design anywhere from one to three guitars, which will have a Paul Frank/John Deere guitar strap and possibly guitar case as well. The designer, who has worked with the famous (and now fashionable) farm equipment company before, will also team up again with low-brow artist Shag to design 500 bags to be sold exclusively on eBay. While food, tractor and guitar companies may seem like unlikely mates for apparel and accessories, it’s all in a day’s work for a designer who’s comfortable dressing up not as Paul Frank, but as a frank. “I like to do things that make people smile,” he said, referring both to the upcoming projects and his costume. “And things like wieners are fun to talk about.”