‘Starry Starry Night’

Well, Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars certainly lived up to its name last night. The stars were out in force at Cipriani 42nd street for the 20th Annual event (dedicated to ‘The Dreamweavers’- Those Who Inspire): there were ‘star’ designers – and designers to the stars- like honorees Dolce & Gabbana (given their award by Lisa Marie Presley whose husky voice is evocative of her dad’s), Jean Paul Gaultier (given his by Vogue’s November cover girl – the stunning Uma Thurman), Philip Treacy (presented by an exotically hat-clad Iman), and Dries Van Noten (so honored by Isabella Rosellini).

Demi Moore (no slouch herself) arrived to give the Superstar Award to her good friend and very svelte Donna Karan, a designer with stars in her eyes (she accepted the statue saying she was ‘star struck’ after meeting Dries Van Noten, and admitting that what she’d really like to do is “design other people’s clothes” (that was, by the way, an open invitation to both Dries and Jean Paul). But even more than that, what she would really like is to see a woman as president (hmmm- can we expect her to start campaigning any time soon? She’s done almost everything else, it seems.)

Oh, and speaking about stars, Liza Minnelli may not be so svelte these days, but she is brave and did not stay home to avoid the public glare, but rather, appeared on the podium dressed in black to present the Humanitarian Award to MAC Cosmetics’ John Demsey. Who else was there? Chloe Sevigny was on hand to honor Stanislas De Quercize from Cartier, with the Corporate Stargazer Award. The Host for the ceremony was Simon Doonan, who provided just the right cheeky, sarcastic, and irreverent touch. By the way, the gift bag given out at the end of the evening was not so shabby either…. in addition to chic Cartier stationary (what did you expect- a tank watch???), a handsome black Waterman pen, Dolce & Gabbana’s new Sicily perfume, and a box of Godiva chocolate, there was a $50 gift certificate for Mme. Paulette – arguably the best dry cleaner in the city. The only catch is that it’s only usable on services that exceed $300. Oh, well, like they say, ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.’

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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