Having fun with Elizabeth Hurley…Plane protection…Madison Avenue’s artsy night…Knowing the real thing…More from the Met.

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Very important people from the worlds of fashion, art and society will be meeting May 8 on Madison Avenue for the fourth annual Madison Avenue "Where Fashion Meets Art" block party, which will stretch from 57th to 86th Streets. Forty boutiques will feature the art that inspires some of the world’s leading designers, including Ralph Lauren, who will personally greet guests at his store, along with famous fashion photographers Victor Skrebneski and Ron Van Dongen, Donna Karan, who will feature the paintings of James Havard, and Donatella Versace, who will show off two Roy Lichtenstein paintings from her private collection.

Arie and Coco Kopelman will be at Chanel with the sculptor Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, Emanuel Ungaro will feature a watercolor by Raoul Dufy, and Givenchy the paintings of Hunt Slonem. The guests will stroll from shop to shop and wind up at the Whitney Museum for a party to benefit the Whitney’s Family Programs chaired by the voluptuously lovely Jacqueline Anderson, whose husband, Maxwell Anderson, is the museum’s director. And don’t forget the auction, which will include the rose-cut diamond drop earrings worn by Hilary Swank to this year’s Academy Awards.

We all know Nicole Kidman’s dazzling diamond chandelier earrings were made for her by Bulgari, and the other celebrated ladies at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute were thrilled to be glittering in gems that were borrowed finery. Kate Hudson’s 19th-century diamond hair ornament and sumptuous diamond pendant earrings were on loan from Fred Leighton. So was Kirsten Dunst’s fantastic rose-cut diamond bib necklace and diamond riviere that sparkled on the open neckline of her classic black strapless dress. Lauren Bush, Tracy Pollan, Keri Russell, Cornelia Guest, Vera Wang, Aerin Lauder and Selma Blair shimmered in a collection of Leighton’s diamond pendant earrings. Stella Tennant wore a knockout natural pearl and diamond tassel sautoir that she wrapped loosely around her neck and draped over her shoulders. As for Naomi Campbell, you couldn’t miss her in 19th century Indian and Art Deco ruby and diamond jewels, as the perfect compliment to her stunning red gown. Leave it to Naomi.

At the Costume party, Mrs. Randolph (Veronica) Hearst wore Versace couture and her own jewels. Two of her dresses are currently displayed in the show, John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture’s gray evening gown with trompe l’oeil drapery from the spring 1999 collection and Madame Grès’ white silk jersey and organza evening gown circa 1987. Veronica could also be seen sitting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s performance of "Cinderella" brought out a glittering group, including Caroline and Ernst of Hanover, Albert of Monaco, the King of Spain’s daughter, the Infanta Elena and her husband, the Duke de Lugo.
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