CELEB SHOTS AT LACMA: Graydon Carter, Michael Roberts and Christopher Bailey hosted a preview of the Vanity Fair portrait exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Tuesday night. Joan Collins, whose portrait was hanging, surveyed the others, remarking, “I’ve got another one at home hanging in my bathroom.” “There’s something about real photographs, the texture and the physicality, that you can’t replace,” said Rosario Dawson. “These days with cell phones and digital cameras we don’t develop pictures as much. Even my grandmother uploads her photos on the Internet.”
HEADING TO MILANO?: Reports that soccer star David Beckham may be on his way to play for the A.C. Milan team come January no doubt sent a frisson of excitement down the spine of many a fashion designer in the city — and celebrity-hungry paparazzi. The unquestionable appeal of the England midfielder, who now plays for Los Angeles Galaxy and would be “on loan” for a few months to the Milan team, makes him an ideal guest on TV shows or at social events — especially given Victoria Beckham, the other half of the Posh and Becks power couple. But don’t expect a permanent presence for Posh: the Beckhams always spend the month of January in London, so she’d be there with their children. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is expected to officially confirm the move on Friday.
ON THE BLOCK: Actress Mia Farrow has cleaned out her closet to help the children of Darfur. Three of the Pierre Cardin dresses that were designed exclusively for the actress’ first feature film, “A Dandy in Aspic,” will be auctioned Friday and Saturday as part of the Whitaker-Augusta fashion auction. Proceeds from the sale of these three dresses will benefit the children of Darfur.
HELPING HAND: Diesel founder and president Renzo Rosso is scheduled to make a quick stop today in the City by the Bay to show support for Diesel Canada President Joelle Berdugo Adler’s children’s charitable foundation, One X One, started two years ago in memory of her late husband, Lou Adler. During the day, Rosso and Adler will join David Arquette and Courteney Cox at a local food pantry supported by the actors’ Feeding America charity, and recipient of One X One donations. Afterward, Rosso and Adler will attend a private lunch to hear Columbia University economist and antipoverty expert Jeffrey Sachs speak on water scarcity issues. In the evening, Matt Damon will host One X One’s first fund-raising gala, where musician Carlos Santana will receive the Difference Award, for his Milagro Foundation’s work with underprivileged youth.
POWER UP: Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have designed their first resort collection exclusively for Net-a-porter. The capsule collection launched Wednesday on the site and includes their Power dress, a favorite with Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Winehouse and Agyness Deyn, among others.
SALE OF THE CENTURY: Breaking up can be a hard thing to do, especially when it comes to special vintage pieces. On Tuesday, Yoox Group founder Federico Marchetti feted legendary lecturer Rosamond Bernier at the Four Seasons restaurant in anticipation of a Yoox.com sale of some of her vintage clothes. Veronica Bulgari, Tiffany Dubin, Anna Sheffield and Jason Wu were among those checking out the wares on display, which will be available on Yoox.com today. “When I started to lecture at the Metropolitan Museum many years ago, I thought of it as a performance,” Bernier said. “Instead of the routine little black dress, I would wear something more effective. Now that I don’t intend to continue this activity, stars from my wardrobe became ‘sleeping beauties’ in my closet. Then Marchetti came along like the Prince in the fairy-tales, to touch them with his electronic wand and waft them off to the vast world of the Internet.”
FETE ACCOMPLI: Who feels like celebrating, given the difficult economic climate? Not François-Henri Pinault. The affable, low-key PPR honcho, named 2008 Person of the Year by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, has expressed his “profound gratitude” for the honor, but said “No thanks” to the Nov. 13 gala dinner that went along with it. “I consider that the time is not right for celebration,” he wrote in a message to the chamber, which plans to resume its gala next year. Past recipients of the honor, handed out since 1984, include L’Oréal’s Lindsay Owen-Jones and LVMH’s Bernard Arnault.