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NASTY AND NICE: Polly Mellen, Jack McCollough, Jonathan Adler, Lazaro Hernandez and Narciso Rodriguez are among the guests expected at Allure editor in chief Linda Wells' Upper East Side home tonight. Wells is hosting a private dinner in honor of Simon Doonan, whose new book, "Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints," is excerpted in the May issue of Allure.
MULBERRY BRANCHES WEST: Mulberry, the English label known for its buckle and strap leather bags, paid its first visit with the collection to Los Angeles last week. The fall 2005 line was displayed throughout an airy suite at the Chateau Marmont hotel and viewed by the city's well-known celebrity stylists, such as Deborah Waknin, who eyed a plum-colored silk dress for her client, Halle Berry. "I love L.A. and plan to keep making trips out here," said Mulberry design director Stuart Veevers, who will also be designing Mulberry's ready-to-wear line starting with the spring 2006 season. But it's not all work and no play, especially while in the sunny state. Besides a string of sales meetings with Barneys New York, Ron Herman and Fred Segal Santa Monica, Veevers made time to hit some Los Angeles shops. His favorite places to go? Vintage spots, "The Paper Bag Princess, Decades and Lily et Cie. You know — the classics."