Along with the usual celebrity suspects and, of course, simply magnificent actors, you can expect a shot of high society and iconic fashion at the Oscars. Because Mrs. Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, known far and wide as C.Z., is headed to Los Angeles Saturday for her first time at the big show. "I’ve never been to the Oscars before. It’s never been the moment, but, now that I am an icon, I think I can go," she says with a big laugh. She’s referring to her being declared a Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America last year. She will also be at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and In Style magazine’s Oscar dinner at the Marquee Sunday night, arriving with Harry Slatkin, whose fragrance company makes C.Z.’s and Elton’s candles and his brand new "Elton Rocks" potpourri, which will have its premier at the party and will be given to all the guests to take home with them. A percentage of the sales of Elton’s products go to his foundation and, so far, they have raised $600,000. C.Z. and her group will be sitting with Barbara and Marvin Davis, and also expected at the party are Natalie Portman, Brendan Fraser, Harry Connick Jr. and 136 others just like them.
Naturally, C.Z. hopes the Oscars or the parties won’t be canceled. It’s a fact they will be kept simple and low key, but she says "this is, after all, a business weekend, and the Oscars are big business."
As of this writing, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences still expects everyone in black tie, so Elton and his party will follow suit. Oscar de la Renta has made C.Z. a white and gold brocade skirt and an embroidered top to match. "I really feel like an icon in this dress," says C.Z., and with it, she will wear a pair of simple diamond earrings that her late husband gave her. She’s not going to wear the jewelry she was planning to take. "Nothing ostentatious. If the evening changes from black tie, I will wear green brocade pants, a pale green cashmere sweater and a little gold jacket, also by Oscar."