"Let's teach horny frogs to zip it up" is the headline today on the professional newspaper column written by Andrea "Sexxx Sexxx Sexxx Sexxx Embittered Tabloid Lady" Peyser. Seems like a good headline for someone whose primary interests are anger and frog cocks. (Andrea Peyser.) What is in this column, today?
Mischa Barton heading into an Equinox with a friend ... Ed Westwick talking on his cell phone ... Kanye West hanging out with a friend outside the Jamba Juice in SoHo ... Linda Evangelista walking downtown with a bottle of water in hand ... Justin Long and Drew Barrymore playing football in Central Park ... Allison Janney shopping with her mom in Midtown ... Tyra Banks on location at the Ziegfeld Theatre for Gossip Girl ... Hilary Duff crossing the street with a bodyguard ... Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler riding in a convertible while filming a scene for The Bounty ... Bruce Willis crossing the street on the set of A Couple of Dicks in Brooklyn ... and Whitney Port sunbathing in Central Park.
Director Michel Gondry turns 46 today. Enrique Iglesias is turning 34. Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni is 58. Author Thomas Pynchon is turning 72. Model Josie Maran is 31. Advertising exec Richard Kirshenbaum is 48. Alex Van Halen is 56. Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey turns 58. Ted Sorensen, best known as JFK's speechwriter, is 81. Actress Melissa Gilbert is turning 45. Socialite Nina Griscom is 55. And Don Rickles, or "Mr. Warmth," is 83 today. A few of the people celebrating their birthdays this weekend—including Rosario Dawson, Emma Bloomberg, and Billy Joel—after the jump.
• It wouldn't be fashion's biggest night without a bit of drama thrown in to spice things up. Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are reportedly skipping the Costume Institute gala this evening, possibly because Kate Moss was chosen to co-chair the event; meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld, Azzedine Alaia, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are all staying home, perhaps because Marc Jacobs has "commandeered the event" by buying two tables and dressing Moss, Madonna, and Kerry Washington. [P6]
• The Chelsea Clinton wedding rumors continue: The Boston Globe reports the former first daughter and Marc Mezvinsky may get hitched at Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen's home on Martha's Vineyard in August, which is when the Obamas will be in town, too. [BG, NYDN]
• Kelly Killoren Bensimon says picking on her has become "the new recession vocation." Sounds about right. [R&M]
Depending on your perspective, it's either a reassuring indication that the global recession can't be as bad as all that, or the kind of tasteless display of decadence that no longer has any place in the new economy: Couture fashion week in Paris is currently underway with shows as lavish as ever, even though you'd think that dresses costing a quarter of a million dollars might have a slightly shrinking client base. Dior designer John Galliano, who put on a show yesterday that cost around $3 million, points out that his job "is to make women dream. Of course I'm aware of the credit crunch, but it is not a creative crunch—not at the house of Dior, anyway."
♦ Whitney Port's clothing line is now available! Needless to say, it's overpriced and underdesigned. [FabSugar]
♦ A juicy bit of gossip from Vivienne Westwood's Paris show last night: Kate Winslet is in the running to play the legendary designer in a Universal Pictures biopic. [SassyBella]
♦ Polygamist bouffants are now très chic, if we're to believe W and Vogue, which have the bizarre hairstyles on Linda Evangelista and Isabeli Fontana, respectively. But what's Tim Gunn going to say? [NYO]
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· "Saturday afternoon in, what's it called? GAlleries in Upper CHElsea? Wandering Around The Chelsea Hinterlands? CHelsea Insider Art PEdestrian Territory? WeBo (West of Bottino?) Anyway, Linda Evangelista and shorter stylist-type (if he's a boyfriend, it'd be a pretty damning condemnation of Ed Burns) walking around the gallery ghetto, on 10th Ave. near 24th St. And the S. I. Newhouses (a whole posse of them) having their rings kissed at Gagosian, but in the foyer, not checking out the Jenny Saville paintings currently on view."
I'm extremely fashion-impaired, so I can't really tell, but Linda Evangelista's dress (right) from the Frick ball earlier this year looks very similar to Vogue editor Anna Wintour's dress below. Isn't that supposed to be a big fashion faux pas? And how many St. Bernards had to die for that jacket?
East side stories [Style.com]