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The long-lost gift bag had a revival at a series of lunches in New York…Bowles over in London…Lost in “Los Angeles.”

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At Saks, it was with some enjoyment that the young social set, including Beth Blake and Charlotte Ronson, traded their buttoned-up lunch attire for the bodice-hugging Carlos Miele looks. “It’s nice to be sexy,” said Alex Kramer. “Everything is about being so-o-o elegant, but why not sexy? My husband asked me why I don’t wear dresses like this more often.”

For that same reason, Donald Trump Jr. kept his fiancée, Vanessa Haydon, who was wearing a tiered purple frock that accentuated her curves, close to his side. “Carlos’ clothes are sexy and comfortable — they’re like lingerie,” explained Haydon conspiratorially.

BELLY LAUGHS: The Parker Bowles family — including momma Camilla — were out in force on Wednesday night at the ultracool London eatery Kensington Place to celebrate the launch of “E Is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed,” a collection of humorous essays by food writer Tom Parker Bowles. (Chapters include D for Deep South, G for Grouse and J for Jewish Food.) “He’s absolutely manic when he cooks. Every step has to be discussed in detail,” said Tom’s sister, Laura. “And it’s all very theatrical.”

Guests, including Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, Major Bruce Shand, Ben Goldsmith, Santa Montefiore, Eloise Anson and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson snacked on deep fried oysters and salmon cream puffs with caviar as they lined up to get their books signed by the author. “Ooooooo Tom, you’re so popular,” chided first cousin Ben Elliot cheekily.

FAMILY TIES: The only thing missing from the dinner celebrating Paul Jasmin’s latest photography book “Lost Angeles” Thursday night at the Chateau Marmont’s penthouse in Hollywood were copies of the book, which were still stuck in Germany. No matter. Longtime friend Lisa Love (who is also West Coast editor of Vogue) and her co-hosts Lisa Eisner and Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa made sure no one was the wiser having gathered Jazzy’s pals Tom Ford, Robert Graham and Anjelica Huston, Roman Alonso, Daryl Hannah, Mario Testino and Mitch Glazer.
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