VALLEY’S DOUBLEHEADER: Alvin Valley has a big night planned tonight. While many New Yorkers will be juggling the televised presidential debate and the Yankees-Red Sox playoff game, Valley will be attending back-to-back events. First up Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cocktail party for the Kerry-Edwards ticket at the Milk Gallery. Valley is one of the 100 chairs, along with Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and others. From there, Valley will be off to Quo for an informal fashion show of his collection at Wild Safari 2004, a benefit for the World Wildlife Fund.
FUR LIBERIA: Janice Combs, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Lloyd Klein, Kerry Kennedy, Tara Rockefeller and Cindy Adams piled into the St. Regis rooftop ballroom Tuesday afternoon for Chie Imai’s fashion show and sale. At Francine LeFrak’s suggestion, the event benefited the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Afterward, Klein said he is looking into doing a fur collection and Wildenstein raved about the mosaic furs. But Kennedy had weightier things on her mind — war-torn Liberia for starters.
Well aware that the United Nations has received only half of the $520 million that has been pledged by various countries, she has been busy lobbying the delinquent nations to pony up the money.
Asked if she had her eye on any of Imai’s coats, Kennedy hesitated and then said with a laugh, “I can’t afford to, working on Liberia. Maybe if I was working on something else.”
CIVICS LESSON: “That’s the biggest check I’ve seen since ‘Terminator 3,’” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, referencing the $150,000 charity donation he received at the grand opening celebration of Reebok’s shiny new Rbk store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Given by his longtime friend, Reebok chairman and chief executive officer Paul Fireman, the check will benefit children’s charity Arnold’s All-Stars After-School Adventures. Fireman also outfitted the movie star with a Lakers jersey printed with his name and the number 31 (Reebok is an NBA sponsor). When it appeared that guests — and even the governor — were unclear about the numeral’s significance, Fireman said, “For those of you who may not know, California is the 31st state to join the United States.” Looks like education — especially civics 101 — along with the economy should be top state priorities.
POD PEOPLE: Not only is Hewlett-Packard joining Movado and Redken to sponsor Thursday night’s dinner and presentation of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards, the computer company is also working with the 10 nominees to create their own souvenirs of the event — customized plastic stick-on “Tattoos” for their iPods. Each designer created a print or image that HP transferred onto an iPod sticker. Proenza Schouler’s sticker shows a tweed print with abstract splotches, Derek Lam and Peter Som designed floral prints and Behnaz Sarafpour’s cover is in lace.