Peggy Siegal invited a media-heavy crowd to the Oak Room last night to watch the Super Bowl. Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonell was in attendance (apparently, budget cuts prevented him from flying to Tampa in person); and some folks, such as former HarperCollins chief Jane Friedman, left, even donned 3-D glasses to fully appreciate the commercials. Others on hand for the festivities: Richard Johnson, Ron Perelman, Dan Abrams, Dave Zinczenko, Joanne Lipman, Charlie Rose, George Rush, Richard Meier, Cece Cord, Kate Betts, Gay Talese, Rocco DiSpirito, Chuck Scarborough, Francine LeFrak, Andrew and Nancy Jarecki, Ron Delsener, Ken Auletta, Larry Gagosian, Lewis Lapham, Steve Kroft, Lloyd Grove, Morgan Entrekin, Ann Dexter-Jones, Harry Smith, Liz Smith, Cynthia McFadden, and Felicia Taylor. [PMc, NYO, GoaG, Fox 411]
Who would have guessed there was so much demand for pubic hair dye? Nancy Jarecki's Betty Beauty, which produces "specially formulated color dyes for the hair down there," has filed suit against a competitor called Smart Beauty for copying its thong-shaped logo as well as "content" from its "instruction sheet." [NYP, previously]
♦ Is Naomi Campbell planning a secret wedding with her Russian boyfriend Vladimir Doronin later this month? Her reps say no, although the new emerald and diamond ring she sported in Miami this past weekend seems to suggest otherwise. [Mirror, NYDN, DS]
♦ Alex Rodriguez had a busy Thanksgiving. He spent half of Thursday with his ex-wife and kids and the other half with Madonna before jetting off to Mexico City with Madge. [NYDN, NYP]
♦ Amy Winehouse's estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, says he was responsible for turning his wife into a junkie, and that he has to "let her go to save her life." [NYDN, People]
♦ Giants star Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg while partying at Latin Quarter on Friday night, turned himself in this morning. [NYP, Newsday]
Business can't be going well for Betty Beauty, the line of pubic hair dye created by Nancy Jarecki, the socialite wife of Moviephone creator Andrew Jarecki. Last year, Jarecki's company earned fawning coverage from Vanity Fair and was advertising in some of the most upscale salons in town. Now Betty Beauty is advertising inside subway cars, right alongside those ubiquitous ads for Dr. Zizmor and Spanish-speaking personal injury attorneys. Jarecki says her company is paying $10,000 for 50 underground ads featuring euphemistic taglines and no mention of what the product is actually used for. So why the new marketing approach? You can blame the tough economy (pink pubic hair dye is always to first to go!) or the omnipresent Brazilian waxing trend (does anyone have any public hair left to dye?). But you can blame Nancy herself when that creepy guy on the 6 starts asking whether your carpet matches the drapes.