Also shopping at Prada were Mellon heiress Virginia Warner and Serena Boardman of New York's young social swim. They checked out the fox-lined sleeping bags, a steal at $14,000, the matching pillows and the Daniel Boone hats that come with big fluffy tails. Ol' Daniel would have wanted it that way.
Dustin Hoffman was seen carrying the designer's shopping bags while viewing the Robert Mapplethorpe show at the Baldwin Gallery where Kevin Costner just put an important Christo drawing on hold. It's called "Over the River" and depicts eight miles of fabric suspended over the Arkansas River, a project Christo, who'll wrap you if you don't get out of his way, hopes to realize in two or three years. That's exactly when Kevin expects to be moving into the new 15,000-square-foot house he's building with the help of his "Dances With Wolves" set designer.
It will be done in what's called Aspen Baronial and what that's like -- well, your guess is as good as mine. Costner currently makes do in a 3,000-square-foot cabin on 80 acres overlooking Tagert Lake that he shares with his steady girlfriend, Christine Baumgartner, she of the long blond hair and retrousse nose. Kev's tickled because his new house, being built just around the corner, will allow him to catch trout right off his front porch in the Roaring Fork River and fish his private lake right off the back porch. Sort of like "Dances With Fishies."
Shopping in Aspen is as important as skiing, especially if you're a star. Plus it's patriotic. Melanie Griffith dropped into Christian Dior with her husband, Antonio Banderas, and, with his approval, picked up John Galliano's beige Wild West fringed pants and a white shirt that buttons all the way down to Australia, ha-ha-ha. R.J. Wagner bought a new dinner jacket at Brioni that he wore on New Year's Eve, while Jill St. John went wild in Dior's new women's department. R.J. didn't move a muscle when he got the bill. Dear R.J.