BAG PARTY: The opening party for Ghurka's New York flagship last Wednesday night drew a slew of revelers, including co-hosts Candace Bushnell, Celerie Kemble, Mary Alice Stephenson and Amy Sacco. The preppy handbag firm opened the Madison Avenue boutique in February. Ghurka donated 10 percent of all sales from the night to Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization that creates programs for abused and at-risk children. Also on hand was Ricardo Antonio Chavira, whose character Carlos Solis was dumped last week on "Desperate Housewives," although he checked out early to attend the People En Espanol Awards. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne V. demurely posed for photographers with a bag from the spring collection.
SEAMLESS ITALIANS: Vogue publisher Tom Florio was surprisingly pleased at the turnout for the Italian screening of "Seamless" at the Four Seasons Hotel last week in Milan. "I'm delighted to see you all here," he said. "We weren't quit sure if you were all showing up." Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Anna Molinari, Ennio Capasa, Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Lawrence Steele were some of the guests who popped by for the cocktails/screening, hosted by Florio and Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. The documentary, which tracks the daily working lives of three CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, certainly resonated with the fashion set in Milan. "We should look at what they've done in the U.S. to support young design talent," said Costume National creative director Capasa. "It's embarrassing that myself, [Domenico] Dolce and [Stefano] Gabbana and Alessandro Dell'Acqua are still considered Italy's 'young' designers." Capasa, however, may soon be able to welcome in a new Italian guard. Vogue Italia is organizing a similar monetary award to highlight up-and-coming Italian designers. Sozzani, L'Uomo Vogue editor in chief Anna Dello Russo and Vogue European editor at large Hamish Bowles are among the eight-person jury weeding out contenders for the fund. Sozzani said three Italy-based finalists will stage runway shows during the Milan spring 2006 collections in September.