Red Carpet’s Big Bust: Fashion Counts Cost Of Hype-Less Oscars

If a star wears your gown to the Oscars, but no one knows who’s name is on the label, was the investment worth it? So far, most designers say yes.


9 p.m.: The Garden Suite atLe Meridien is filled with NickyHilton’s friends celebrating theevening bag she designed forSamantha Thavasa. “I’m tired,”she whined to her mother aspaparazzi swarmed around her.But she managed to appear twohours later at the GM “Ten” bashat Hollywood and Vine, whereAshton Kutcher, Erika Christensenand Kimberly Stewartcheered from the front row asAdrien Brody hit the catwalk in awhite suit, channeling John Travoltain “Saturday Night Fever.”But the 1,600-strong crowd wentwild when, during Eve’s set withN.E.R.D., Justin Timberlakejumped on stage.

7:30 p.m.: What was supposedto be a festive rooftop dinnerfor Stuart Weitzman at theLuxe Hotel turned into a crowdedcocktail party as high windskept the crowd crammed insidethe penthouse. The shoe designerannounced he would pull his$1.3 million dollar ruby andplatinum slipper from the redcarpet given world circumstances.“It seems more appropriate to save it for a more festiveoccasion,” he said.

5 p.m.: Jade Jagger is in bed.As Garrard’s creative director,Jagger set up shop in a BeverlyHills bungalow to introduceherself better to the Hollywoodcommunity. For a photograph,she slips into the room’s bed,throws on a tiara, leaves herchampagne flute on the nightstandand mugs for the camera.

3 p.m.: Stylists ElizabethStewart, Todd Hallman, ElizabethSaltzman and actress KellyLynch file out from an extendedlunch for about a dozen friends ofValentino at Mr. Chow hosted bythe Italian house’s right handCarlos Souza. World politics dominatedthe conversation as mostat the table believed the Oscarswould get postponed.


4 p.m.: The Estée Lauderrooms at the Four Seasons inBeverly Hills are among the firstof the week’s half-dozen Oscar-relatedsuites already seeing visitorsfor massages and manis.Company poster girl CarolynMurphy is in a chair gettingblow-dried by Ray Ellington,while star plucker AnastasiaSoare finishes a guest nearby.

2:45 p.m.: Caviar and Champagneat the Ferragamo boutiqueon Rodeo Drive, where GraemeBlack and Giovanna Gentile Ferragamopersonally give stylists andeditors a look at evening.

10:15 a.m.: Word comesthrough that Matthew Williamson,Donatella Versace and representativesfrom Dolce & Gabbanaare canceling trips because of the threat of war.
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