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Ellen Barkin watched from a private viewing room at Christie's in New York on Tuesday as she unsentimentally unloaded more than 100 pieces of jewelry for...

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Across the room, under a huge profile of Lee Radziwill, were Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher, greeting friends. Donald Fisher recalled when then-Gap ad director Maggie Gross pitched the "Individuals of Style" photo campaign.

"She came to see me, and I said, ‘Yeah, it's a good idea. But how about putting our clothes on them?'" Fisher reminisced. Instead, Gross convinced her boss to put celebrities in single-pocket Gap T-shirts, with the idea of Gap apparel being a must-have accessory and celebrating "mass America, good taste," Fisher said.

COSTUME JEWELRY: Cartier president and chief executive Frédéric de Narp and director Maria Crawley-Bayazid hosted a cocktail party at the Cartier Mansion in New York last week in honor of Suzanne and Robert Cochran and Fiona and Eric Rudin, the event chairmen of the Central Park Conservancy's Halloween Ball. The ball, now in its 11th incarnation, will be held this year on Oct. 25. The real draws, however, are the elaborate costumes guests don — and they don't get dolled up without good reason. Cartier Tank Solo watches will be awarded to the winner of the costume contest, to be judged by photographer Patrick McMullan and Sigourney Weaver (who, besides her judging duties, is also about to be seen on screen as society icon Babe Paley in "Infamous").

De Narp, for one, expressed sadness that he missed last year's ball and won't be able to attend this year, either. "Next year, I must make sure to be here, I have heard it is such a good party," he said. Ironically, the last time Cartier donated a watch to a charity event, De Narp pulled the lucky ticket and won it. Of course, he donated it right back so non-Cartier civilians could have another chance.

EXPRESS LANE: Why would celebrities risk mobs at the mall when they can shop for cheap 'n' chic Express separates in the privacy of a new Hollywood showroom? That's exactly what Camilla Belle, Rashida Jones, Monet Mazur, Kristin Chenoweth and Brittany Snow have done, grabbing up not-yet-in-stores pieces like leather bomber jackets, vests and striped sweaters. The casual clothes are for work as well as play: Teri Hatcher just walked out with a striped tank top and jeans that she proceeded to wear for an upcoming episode of "Desperate Housewives."

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