MOTHER LOAD: For her first performance after giving birth to son Max Liron Bratman, songstress Christina Aguilera wanted to be surrounded by friends. So on Saturday night she was joined by longtime pals Stephen Webster and his wife, Assia, in celebrating the jeweler’s new silver line at an intimate affair at Pure in Las Vegas. Aguilera, who appears in Webster’s ad campaign, belted out “Beautiful,” “Come on Over” and “At Last” wearing a clinging blue Hervé Léger number. “It was really exciting. I feel like my old self again,” said Aguilera after taking the stage.

Aguilera, who came to Vegas to pay tribute to Webster with baby Max and husband Jordan Bratman in tow (Bratman is said to be on the jewelry firm’s board) said she isn’t into jewelry “so much,” but for Webster she makes an exception. “Stephen’s jewelry is elegant and classic — even when it’s rock ‘n’ roll,” she mused. “It’s the only jewelry I have a lot of.”

LILLY’S MOMENT: It’s been only about a week since Lilly Pulitzer left the hospital in Palm Beach, Fla., after an undisclosed illness, and no one thought she’d feel well enough to attend her brand’s 50th anniversary celebration on Friday night at The Breakers. But the feisty 77-year-old proved her Lilly-obsessed guests wrong when she decided to pop in at the last minute. “Damn it, I’m coming,” she told company president James Bradbeer.

Dressed in a pink and white printed wrap top and white pants, Pulitzer proudly waved to the cheering crowd in the ballroom, before taking her seat. Guests at the event couldn’t wait to have their pictures taken with her as they lined up near her chair. Pulitzer happily smiled for photos before heading home after dessert.

VIP COUNT: In addition to the nominees and special honorees, there will be plenty of celebrities and designers on hand to celebrate the 2008 CFDA Awards tonight. They are expected to include Ashley Olsen, Eva Longoria Parker, Kim Cattrall, Hilary Duff, Lil’ Kim, Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, Paula Patton and New York Ranger Sean Avery, whose fashion profile has been on the rise since starting his internship at Vogue three weeks ago. Avery and the lot will join a list of fashion regulars such as Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Vera Wang and Zac Posen (plus the nominees, of course).

This story first appeared in the June 2, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

COMING UP: And, if after tonight’s CFDA Awards gala you’re wondering what’s next, there is always the 2009 Costume Institute bash. The Metropolitan Museum of Art may still be in the throes of “Superheroes” fever, but, according to sources, the next show will center on the concept of the muse in fashion. No further details could be learned, and a spokeswoman for the Costume Institute declined comment.

YOUTH RULES: Benetton is opening a temporary mom-and-child store Wednesday in Milan, which will operate until the end of July. Proving the project is in sync with his marital status, the group’s vice chairman, Alessandro Benetton, will be joined by his wife, former Olympic skier Deborah Compagnoni, and their offspring — Agnese, Tobias and Luce — at the opening. The two-level, 16,000-square-foot unit on Corso Vittorio Emanuele boasts a wide selection, from newborns to 12-year-old youngsters.

The new fall children’s line and maternity collections also will be on display. And what kid doesn’t need a bit of pampering these days? To wit, a team of hairstylists from the well-known Coppola salon will lop that latest bob, while a personal shopper will guide mothers and children in their purchases to reflect the child’s look and personality.

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