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A WINNING CRUZ: Hollywood hijacked Sunday night’s Goyas, Spain’s answer to the Oscars.

This story first appeared in the February 3, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Penélope Cruz, chic in a vintage black lace Chanel gown, won the best supporting actress award for her role as the zany ex-wife of Javier Bardem (her current companion) in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” while Benicio Del Toro picked up the best actor prize for “Che.”

It was Madrid-born Cruz’s third Goya and the “green carpet” ceremony raised the bar for glamour over past editions. Presenters included Paz Vega, in a frothy pink strapless dress by local designer Hannibal Laguna; TV personality and Cruz confidant Goya Toledo in Dior; award-winning actress Belén Rueda in a white crystal-embroidered floor sweeper by Carolina Herrera, and Pilar Bardem (Javier’s mother) draped in her signature baubles.


GONE FUR NOW: What a difference a dress makes. After Michelle Obama sported a Jason Wu gown for the inaugural balls, the designer has been basking in all the attention.

The overnight fame has made him shift gears slightly. Wu was scheduled to launch a fur collection with Sara Furs for fall but, according to him, it’s been put on the back burner until further notice.

“As a result of increased interest and demand from our global retailers, we’ve decided to put our fur license on hold and concentrate on our growing ready-to-wear business,” Wu said.



SEAT YOURSELF: Karl Lagerfeld was the man of the hour Friday night at Les Arts Decoratifs, where he was feted as “creator” of the year by the home decoration fair Maison Objet. Marianne Faithfull said she and Lagerfeld share the same taste in furniture — the antique kind. “I collect 18th-century Irish furniture,” she said. The singer’s next stop is the Chanel studio to get clothes for her upcoming tour in the U.S. Her ideal outfit: “Jeans with a beautiful Chanel shirt and jacket.” As Lagerfeld embraced the likes of Betty Catroux, Vahina Giocante and Chantal Thomass, Nino Cerruti talked about his move from fashion to furniture having recently bought an Italian design company. “One thing is on the body, the other thing is around the body,” he shrugged, wearing one of his signature peak-lapel, single-breasted jackets. Lagerfeld, meanwhile, said he’s headed to Brussels next week to testify before Neelie Kroes, the European competition commissioner who has already met with the likes of Bernard Arnault and Mick Jagger on creating a fair and free business environment on the Continent.

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